Thursday, April 6, 2017

Spiraled & Spiked

At some time back in the 1920's, a button factory cranked out a whole batch of these major oddities and I have one of them to prove it. This button is made of creamed corn Bakelite incised with a neat-o spiral design for some killer pizzazz. What's more, it features a large glass-like shard of rare lime juice Bakelitejutting high out of the button in the form of a rather substantial spike. Visible in this photo, you can see the four evenly cut angles of the spike pointing toward the tip. It's an exciting find and a classic example of the sharp imagination that went into the artistry of Jazz-Age buttons.

-Sherbert McGee   

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