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Batchelor versus Bachelor
‘Batchelor’ is an English variant of the noun ‘bachelor’. Batchelor/bachelor buttons were sometimes known as “Solitares”, although these were nor exactly the same kind of gentlemen’s clothing fastener. Bachelor buttons were two piece metal fasteners that could be snapped or hammered together through layers of material to make a fastener without sewing required. They were sold on cards, and also on ready-made work gear.
During WW1 they were a common inclusion in aid and comfort packages to send to soldiers.
A 1934 magazine article featured their use in a craft fashion project.
A misanthropist opinioned that bachelor buttons freed men from women’s whiles … perhaps there was a good reason he had been through several marriages.