16th July 2023

Beauclaire Buttons from 1950

In 1950 General Plastic donated sample/display boards of buttons to the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences for their plastics collection.

Casein with pressed metal insert.


Casein buttons with cast metal insert.

Perspex buttons with embossed metal insert. Below is a similar one on casein.


Perspex was not manufactured in Australia until 1956, so the 1950 perspex buttons on the card must have been made from imported perspex button blanks. The metal escutcheon and shank have been pressed into the casein body of the button.

These are shared under a ”Attribution-Non Commercial- No Derivatives” licence. The citation is : Plastic button sample cards 2022, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences.


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