Welcome

The goal of our Club is to provide opportunities to study buttons that are worth collecting, and share that knowledge as we come to appreciate their beauty and history. Collectable buttons include all buttons - antique and vintage, uniform and military.

Meetings are held at 8 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month (except January) in the Fellowship Room of the Burwood Heights Uniting Church (A-frame) on the corner of Burwood Highway and Blackburn Road, Burwood East.  (Melways Ref. 61 K7)

History

The idea of a button collecting club was conceived in 1995. The Victorian Button Collectors Club became a reality in 1996 when, through word of mouth and personal contacts, we held our first meeting at a private home. As individual button collectors, we had been aware of established button clubs in America and the United Kingdom. In Melbourne at that time, there was very little public information about buttons available, button collecting was not a hobby most people had heard of, and it was difficult to find collectable buttons even in antique shops. The Victorian Button Collectors Club was established to encourage the collecting, preservation and appreciation of buttons, antique and modern, and research into the history relating to their origins and uses. Most of all, the club provides an opportunity to meet like-minded people.  If you are a member you can Find out more . . .

 

Another Button Story

A new button will be posted on the Home page once per month.
Click on the button to enlarge.

 

The “Service” Set

I found this interesting set of buttons and hatpins in an obscure place in my button room while searching for another button.  I don’t remember where I bought it or when.  It is obviously for women to wear as the buttons are lighter than ‘uniform’ standard, and the set includes the two hatpins.  All the buttons measure 1.9 cm diameter. They have a soldered on circular shank, and no back mark.

They are British Naval replica buttons with a King’s crown, and do look like uniform buttons.  

The hatpins have the same button with a ‘swivel’ arrangement on the back so the button can be positioned properly in a hat.

The box has no identification apart from crossed British flags on the lid, and “Made in England” on the mounting card inside the box.

On this card, below “1973 Bronze 2/11”, are the words “IMITATION JEWELLERY”.  The word “Sale” in red is still readable on the right-hand sticker remnant.

In preparation for putting the set up on the Club’s website I made enquiries from knowledgeable button collectors, and so far have been unable to find any information about them.  So, if you know anything at all about this set please contact [email protected] as we would love to solve the mystery.

MEMBERS ONLY - Information for ordering our special 25th Silver Anniversary button remains under Button Banter (post date 2/10/2021) - plus photos.  Details for purchasing a 25th Anniversary button are also in our November 2021 Journal.  

BUTTON BANTER is now up and running for members only. It has its own heading at the top of the Home page which you can see once you log in.  Click on this heading to view contributions.  If you want to add an item use 'Add Button Banter'  under the Member Menu on the right of that screen or the Home page.  

Button Banter is for you to share your button interests with other Club members, ask advice or give feedback. You can also see other members buttons or Button Challenge Cards or join in and show your own. It is preferable to post your photo in portrait format.

NEXT MEETING - Tuesday June 11th

Topic:   OTHER CLOTHES FASTENERS

 (Meetings start at 8.00pm - arrive from 7.30pm)

VISITORS ARE WELCOME AT CLUB MEETINGS

MELBOURNE BUTTONFEST - SATURDAY 12th OCTOBER

ON DISPLAY - 'THE WORLD OF BUTTONS