6th July 2024

Moonglow: History of the term

A new form of glass buttons from Western Germany named ‘moonstone’ or ‘moonglow’ were imported into America (according to The Big Book of Buttons) early in 1954. These featured an opaque, reflective, coloured base layer with a transparent, often clear, top layer. This resulted in a button with a swirling, glowing appearance. In the USA they were delighted to have access to collectable glass buttons again. From the National Button Bulletin:

The following link will take you to an interesting webpage on Bohemian glass buttons. while it has some dubious details ( such as “prior to the prevalence of plastic, most buttons were made of glass”. What about metal, MOP, etc?) it gives a good overview of the history of glass buttons.


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