Monday, June 5, 2017

Burgundy and Maroon

Some people say cranberry and some people call these wine-colored buttons. Others will say they are scarlet or crimson or brick-red, if not blood-red or Spanish raspberry. There's a whole slew of hues when it comes to Bakelite buttons in these dark reddish colors. I'm calling them burgundy and maroon, but which is which? Both factory-pressed, the round one has a flower-shaped hollow while the octagon sports an upraised spiderweb design. These buttons go back to the 1930's. In their prime, I'll bet that each of them matched a snappy dresser's penny loafers.

-Sherbert McGee

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