Dear friend Sewin Love UK, my secret swap mate, has sent Real Vintage Buttons! (The beautiful lampwork beads you’ll see glimpses of are mostly on my facebook, so I can concentrate on buttons here.)
As she explains on her facebook page, these came from a good friend who tramped through an old falling down warehouse in Malta. Isn’t Sewin Love generous?! These are so special to her, because of her friendship with the discoverer, yet she parted with some to send me. That’s a special lady, and am so grateful we “met” through a swap.
Here’s some of the detail about these specific buttons, starting with the green buttons, of course!
- green embossed w/gold were made in England c 1940s
- green w/gold outline were made in Italy c 1930s
- red buttons were all made in England c. 1930s
- silver buttons were made in England c. 1940s
I was surprised at the silver, which are a metal (nickel or aluminium?), being manufactured in England in 1940s, because I’ve read of the extreme shortages they had, and continued to have, until almost 1960. During the war years all metals went into manufacturing war implements. But afterwards I’m not sure, not having read about that. I asked Samantha, and she, bless her, has contacted the V&A Museum! Do any of you, Dear Readers, know any more about the manufacture of buttons in England in the 1940s? If you do, please share!
we who love buttons are not alone
I really did a lot of faffing about last night, but found out some interesting things. Did you know…
want some for yourself? november spitalfields!
Sewin Love sent me “samples!” – she has these by the gross. She, they, and much more will be available for purchase by each and every person attending her stall in November at Judy’s Vintage Fair, in Old Spitalfields Market.
Mark your calendars now, Dear Readers!!! And please take a piccie or two to share with us too far away to attend. 😉 xx