18th July 2023

Beauclaire Buttons from 1950

In 1950 General Plastic donated sample/display boards of buttons to the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences for their plastics collection.

“Moulded. Pearl sprayed”.

These buttons and buckle have been “pearlised” by spraying on a coating containing “fish scale essence”. “Pearlised” buttons were advertised in the 1950s. Unfortunately, the coating was easily damaged. All the above buttons were also sold in other finishes.

The Narrogin Observer (WA), 18th February 1933 page 6.

Here are some examples of the above buttons, both pearlised and other finishes, from my collection.


These are shared under a “Attribution-Non Commercial- No Derivatives” licence. The citation is : Plastic button sample cards 2022, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences.


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