Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The Ultimate Button Collection

While working on my collections of small stuff for the upcoming shows, I ran across this button collection. I acquired this collection probably ten years ago, and set it aside, then it got buried and forgotten! There are probably a couple of thousand buttons, all fastened to velvet covered boards and labeled as to if they are glass, metal, goofy, nautical etc.... I got started removing them and remounting them individually. I don't think I'll ever get done. Here are some pictures. Some of them are unbelievable.
I got out my Button book, I can't believe what a treasure I have in these buttons.
Here is an old store piece holding some of the buttons. These are just from one small board. I'll have to have lots of more display pieces for them. This rack won't hold near all of the collection.
Plastic flower buttons
A start of individually mounting them.
These are some of the rarest. They are Victorian Era Perfume Buttons. Inlaid with velvet that perfume could be put on. Really rare.
Some of the black glass buttons.
A shot of the numerouse boards.
More and more boards full of buttons.
Inlaid metal buttons.
As you can see, I have my work cut out for me. But I sell alot of sewing and textiles so you button collectors will love these!
Better get back to work,
Until next time,


  1. A button collection is perfect. Doesn't take up any room and the individual items can be cheap!

  2. You got that right! A velvet board with 100 buttons wouldn't sell for $100 but 100 individual buttons for $1 will! Everyone wants to take home something! Thanks for always looking and commenting on my blog

  3. All I can say is WOW...I love the old Victorian metal buttons. I used to put them in the center of the silk rosette on the Victorian lampshades I would sew, they are so intricate and beautiful...have fun!

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