Oh, the button envy, if these weren't mine. But they are. They are! Aren't they glorious? And absolutely filthy! But glorious, nonetheless.
I'll tell you what I know about them, which isn't much, yet!
They belonged to Ida, a very elderly lady who, born at the turn of the last century, worked as a dressmaker throughout the 1920s, '30s, '40s, and '50s. At some point in the far away past she has ruled a pencil grid onto a sheet of card - not too carefully, the lines aren't parallel - and wired sixty-four shanked metal buttons to it, eight rows of eight. Perhaps it was a sample sheet to show to customers. Or perhaps she was a budding collector. I've seen similar buttons dating from as early as the 1880s, but so far I don't have dates for these.
I never knew Ida, but she knew my sister, and it was my sister who inherited Ida's well stocked button box, some time ago, and who has now passed this set of buttons on to me. They were a complete surprise!
Many of them are brass, one or two may include bakelite, some have gilt and/or glass components, and discovering how best to set about cleaning them is not proving easy. Although I'd probably be making better progress if I didn't keep stopping to drool over them! Do tell me I'm not the only one who is this excited by grubby old things!Thanks Sis, you're a star!! And if anyone reading has a clue about button dating and/or restoration please pipe up and I'll say the same about you!
Thank you all so much for the many good wishes for 2013, and for the lovely things you said about my 2012 photographs. And humblest apologies for being so tardy with my own New Year salutations ... I intend to spend this evening catching up with my blog reading!Don't forget the mini giveaway will you, there's still time to hop over there and leave a comment, entries close at midday GMT tomorrow. Back soon!