In 1937 novel buttons suitable for cardigans and dresses were on sale.
In 1950 G. Herring advertised so-called “cardigan buttons”.
It is a bit of a gimmick, as the “backing disk” is simply a smaller matching button.
They had also been sold on large cards; I only have portions of these. A picture of a ball of wool, only glimpsed on the below sample, decorated these. Hopefully I will find a complete card one day!
The ‘safety disks’ are hidden behind the larger buttons mounted on top of them. Below I have separated out several examples .
Strangely, the same idea was found on ‘Astoria’ buttons in New Zealand, mounted on the same style card as used for Beauclaire. Did G.Herring neglect to patent the idea in New Zealand?
In 1953-4 General Plastic had ads specifically promoting the suitability of their buttons for hand-knits, even having a cross promotion with “Twinprufe” wool.
Of course you could be crafty and make your own buttons.
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