13th February 2023

“Letter Trouser Buttons”

A post from 2020 is still viewed regularly. It regards metal detector finds, particularly metal trouser buttons. They are unearthed frequently, and turn up in old button boxes, intriguing little whispers from the past. To check out the post, see http://www.austbuttonhistory.com/26th-june-2020/. Due to the ongoing interest, I’m revisiting Trove to find references to them.

See also http://www.austbuttonhistory.com/branded-buttons/

From an article about tariffs, from whence the above terminology came. Note, “ivory” referred to vegetable ivory, also known as corozo or tagua nut, not elephant ivory.

The Advertiser, (Adelaide), 11th January 1908.

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney), 6th October 1906 page 11. “The Continent” probably referred to Germany and Italy, both button making centres.

Singleton Argus (NSW), 5th November 1910 page 3. True, or an “urban myth”?

Evening News (Sydney), 26th October 1923 page 8.

The Labour Daily (Sydney), 6th March 1930 page 6.

Kalgoorlie Miner (WA), 25th May 1937 page 7.

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