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18th October 2021

 New Zealand

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New Zealand (Rifle) Volunteer Forces

This design dates from 1895.  Both are marked Hallenstein Brothers (Ltd)

The same design was used for the New Zealand Forces from 1911.













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17th October 2021


Tecpearl dates earlier than I previously realised. Although promoted by G. Herring from 1958, the buttons were advertised by Arrow Dart shirts as featured on their products from 1954 (even if they spelt it wrong).

Detail from the following adverts.

The Australian Women’s Weekly, 5th October 1955 page 64.

The Australian Women’s Weekly, 29th August 1956 page 48.

The Australian Women’s Weekly, 10th October 1956 page 28. Innocent days, when Dad smoking was sophisticated.

15th October 2021

More imitations.

Note the small crosses printed to show where to sew on the buttons.

These vintage imitation horn buttons came in a bundle of carded buttons. They look very much like horn; so how do you tell the difference between horn and corozo nut or plastic dyed to look like horn without a hot needle test?

Horn: Real horn feels cooler than plastic. The surface will show slight imperfections/variations, although this is harder to see if the button has been dyed a dark shade. Even if polished, it will tend to have a more matt finish than many plastics.  Holding it up to the light should reveal a slight translucence.  Process horn (ground horn mixed with adhesive then moulded) may show a ‘pick mark’ on the back where the button was prised from the mould. Horn is heavier than plastic, and smells like burning hair if tested with a hot needle.

Corozo: The buttons are dyed before the holes are drilled, so the paler, natural colour will show down the holes.

Plastic: The surface will be warm to the touch, even and smooth. A seam may be seen on the back or edge; use your fingernail to scratch over the surface and detect this even if you can’t see it.

My buttons have a smooth, warm, even surface. The walls of the needle hole are an even brown colour, not a paler corozo nut colour.  The back is an even brown, unlike the mottled top. I couldn’t clearly see a seam, but my fingernail detected it around the edge. Definitely plastic, but would  still look good sewn on a coat!

14th October 2021

RAAF buttons

RAAF News, 1st November 1963 page 2.

The black plastic RAAF buttons that were being superseded. The markmark is the symbol for A.C.I.

Stokes, Melb. Anodised aluminium.

RAAF News, 1st November 1964 page 3.

13th October 2021

New finds

1950-60s cards from General Plastics.

Fantastic casein realistics. Thanks Pat!


Circa 1950 Beauclaire buttons.

These two came on partial, large and very faded Beauclaire cards; I have not seen these styles.

Dark chocolate flower, probable dress button, 19mm diametre

Dark navy, thick coat button, 28mm diametre.



12th October 2021

Tailors’ Buttons

H. Berriman & Co., Adelaide

Evening Journal (Adelaide), 12th may 1902 page 1.


Harri Berriman ( 1863-1952) was born in Buniyong, Victoria but moved to Adelaide some years before 1888.  In 1920 the firm moved from the Citizens’ Building to Gilbert Place. The firm continued for 8 years until 1940, when owing to the ill-health of Mr Berriman, they finished trading.


C. H. Williams, Victoria Square

Daily Herald (Adelaide), 16th May 1919 page 3.

Charles Henry Williams opened his own business in 1916, after “many years” as  cutter for C. Birks & Co. In 1919 he moved from the Central Market to Victoria Square. From 1920 the business was referred to as “Williams, tailor” in advertising.  They were still operating in 1954.

The Advertiser (Adelaide), 14th October 1932 page 8.


11th October 2021

Tailors Buttons

Flehr & Co. Ltd., Adelaide

Flehr & Co. was established around 1919 by Mr Hermann Charles Flehr (1887-1943) and Mr Adolph Schahinger. In 1942, as a delegate of South Australia’s Master tailors, Flehr was pleading for a loosening on the war-time restrictions that had limited tailors to making “Victory Suits”. Despite Mr Flehr’s sudden death in 1943 the firm continued with Mr Schiahinger as the managing director, becoming a propriety limited firm in 1979. They held an import licence in 1981, with the address listed as 104 Pirie Street, Adelaide.

News (Adelaide), 14th August 1943 page 3.

Detail from photo #B 4627 of the State Library SA, dated 1927.

O. T. Crabb, Murray Bridge


News (Adelaide), 26th April 1928 page 16.

In 1906 Oscar Taunton Crabb (1880-1964) was working in Adelaide for the London Tailoring Depot.  Puzzlingly, in 1916 he formerly changed his family name from Crabb to Bradford, only to change it back to Crabb in 1921. That year he was working in Murray Bridge in partnership with a Mr Channon.

The Mount Barker Courier and Onkaparinga and Gumeracha Advertiser (SA), 21st July 1922 page 4.

By 1928 his son had joined the tailoring and mercery business, now known as O. T. Crabb and Son and run from the Beehive Building. However, the business was in receivership by 1930, and Mr A.W. Channon, the former partner, returned from Port Adelaide to take over the firm. The Crabbs returned to Adelaide late in 1933 and continued as drycleaners, a business they had branched out into whilst in Murray Bridge.


10th October 2021

Tailors’ Buttons

Thanks to Deb

Maryborough in Victoria, or Queensland?

Casben Productions Ltd. made swim shorts, shorts, and sportswear from around 1946 to approx 1962. It was (or became) a subsidiary of Whitmont shirt company. The Company was named after Wilfred Casben, who was also involved with other clothing firms.











Fashionable Buckles

I missed out on this one. It is the first example of a buckle on a “Fashionable” style card I have seen. Dates from the 1940s.