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22nd May 2024

Christchurch Golf Club

The backmark is  Armfield’s Birmingham. Unfortunately, this doesn’t help date the button, as the company existed from the 18th-20th centuries.

This club was established in 1873 with the original course located at Hagley Park. In 1900 the club moved to Shirley Links.

Press (NZ), 25th September 1872 page 2.

Press (NZ), 28th May 1930, page 13.

Press (NZ), 27th December 1932 page 11.

The motto ‘Press (me) not, beseech you’ is a little obscure, being part of some lines spoken by  Polixenes to Leontes in Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale”.  It is meant to convey that you don’t need to be pushy to convince me. In the context of the Club, perhaps it means that you won’t need convincing to be a member, as the club is so nice?

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20th May 2024

New Finds

Target

 

A New Variation Beauclaire Rose

This version is solid metal, not metalised plastic.

 

A New Variation Victorian Police Force Uniform Button

This is in brass/whitemetal has the backmark of K. C. Luke Pty Ltd Melbourne. It is also found in whitemetal only, and was also made by Stokes.

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16th May 2024

Buttons in the 1930s

Daily Mercury (Rockhampton, Qld), 27th June 1933 page 3.

The company referred to would was probably the Australian Pearlbutton Manufacturing Co. Ltd. It was owned by Philp Burns, but was running at a loss, and merged into G. Herring in 1938.

 

Novelty Buttons

A mania for novelty (Realist/goofy) buttons swept the world from 1936.

Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld), 14th June 1938 page 6.

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15th May 2024

Button Stories from the Past

The Telegraph (Brisbane), 20th October 1892 page 5.

Sunday Times (Perth), 23rd April 1939 page 24.

I had concerns that this might be an urban myth, but did find a record of an auction of a couple of buttons, one a conch shell example, past down through his family. The buttons was one of a set worn on a black velvet dress coat!

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14th May 2024

From the Powerhouse Museum Collection

Tailors box of buttons by GP
Object No. 2007/127/21 https://collection.powerhouse.com.au/object/366970

The bottom of the box is labelled Made in England, with a Classic brand logo. This does not match the lid which is printed with ‘Beauclaire, a GP product.’

It comes from a collection of tailoring supplies used by the Wilson family in Wagga Wagga.

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13th May 2024

New Finds

Woolworths

1967-72 and 1972 onwards

Embassy

Post 1971

Maxart

An unusual two-tone finish.

Late 1960s-mid 1970s

 

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11th May 2024

New Finds

Something different …

I have cards of several designs, all with the ‘vine-leaf’ border. Some are marked as ‘Made in Australia’, and some carry buttons that are clearly of General Plastics design. This is the first labelled as ‘British Made’. Like for G. Herring (their main competitor), General Plastics must have imported buttons in the 1940s as well as manufactured them.

Opal-Glo Style 877

G. Herring thought it worthwhile to print the style number on some of their cards. I can’t imagine why this was so.

Please let me know if you have any style numbers not already shared here: http://www.austbuttonhistory.com/australian-button-history/federation-to-ww2/g-herring-beutron/#Opal-Glo

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9th May 2024

Novelty Buttons in 1952.

Sunday Mail (Brisbane), 14th September 1952 page 8.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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8th May 2024

New Finds

1970s Maxart

 

1940s ‘Fashionable Buttons’

The first example is the same as a design sold on Coronet branded cards. This suggests that the same manufacturer supplied buttons for Coronet and ‘Fashion Buttons’. I suspect that someone was General Plastics Limited, sold prior to the development of the Beauclaire brand.

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