Saturday, May 6, 2017


Several types of gear buttons exist in my collection, but these are my absolute favorites. Larger than dimes, but just a tad smaller than nickels, this group of four is a handsome set in the light yellow color that we Bakelite collectors call "creamed corn" (though in this photograph they have the look of a slightly darker custard). Situated side by side, these buttons appear as if they might lock teeth and start functioning together like the inner mechanisms of actual clockwork. Made in the 1920's.

-Sherbert McGee

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