Friday’s Favorite: Whistle Buttons

a collection of whistle buttons

a collection of whistle buttons

I love buttons, old, new, nice, not so nice, clean or grungy; with holes or with shanks; glass, rubber, celluloid, Bakelite, shell, composition, plastic, horn, or bone.

This is a collection of my favorite style of button, which are the whistle buttons. The construction is such that there is a large hole in the front and you can see the two or four holes through this that you use to sew them onto the garment.

This collection here pretty much runs the gamut on the type of materials that can be found with this style. Some of the fancier are of course the composition buttons that are inlaid with abalone or mother of pearl.

If you are interested in reading up on buttons, I do have a few articles that I have written on them:

The Button Box- What’s in Your Stash?
Button Identification and Cleaning

Here is a great blog Button Floozies. You will also find and interesting pdf to download on Piecework Magazine’s website, Great-Aunt Belle’s Buttons.

Happy day to you, have fun collecting, and enjoy what you do! Christen

Advertisements

4 thoughts on “Friday’s Favorite: Whistle Buttons

  1. I collect buttons also. I love Bakelite, but if it’s an old button, I’m not picky!
    I have a few of this type although I didn’t know they were called whistle buttons. I tend to buy what attracts my attention and I’m not terribly knowledgable about their history. I’m going to check out the articles you mentioned.
    Thanks, Christen.
    Maryanne

  2. Then if you have not done it already-join the national button society! There are usually local chapters as well.I belong to the Pennsylvania Dutch button club in Chester county, Pa.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s