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

Starting on the 1st of November,  there will be a new button posted on the Home page twice per month.

Click on the image to enlarge the button.

A love story.     Marie Antoinette and Count Ferson.                                           

The Button:  Late 19th century.
A chromolithograph of Count Ferson protected by a covering of clear celluloid, mounted in brass with a perforated border. Little convex domes of white celluloid resembling seed pearls can be seen through the perforations. 32mm. Gold painted tin back with a brass ring shank.
During Victorian times, seed pearls were often used to represent the tears of mourning. They were also associated with brides and purity, chastity and delicacy.

Axel von Ferson was a Swedish Count who in the1780’s earned fame fighting with the Americans in The American War of Independence.
But he is much better known for his close friendship with Queen Marie Antoinette.   Were they lovers or not?  It is still undecided.   There is strong evidence of an enduring and lasting love between the two, both in the good times and the bad times. At the end of the French Revolution he tried unsuccessfully to help the King and his family escape Paris, even driving the coach himself.
He was devastated by their deaths.
He returned home to Sweden and sadly in 1810, he himself was killed by an angry mob during their Revolution and the popular unrest in Sweden at the time.

NB. Although the picture on the button is well documented as Count Ferson,  Elizabeth Hughes and Marion Lester state  in their Big Book of Buttons    “many collectors ……. believe him to be The Young Mozart but it would be impossible to change it now!”      
(I think Mozart is romantic too).

CLUB JOURNALS - Update 27/12/2020

Our February and March meetings were the only ones we were able to hold in 2020, and the topics for both meetings were recorded in the May Journal.  The August and November Journals were not produced. 

However, we are very happy to announce that a Two Volume ‘Special Edition’ Journal containing our Monthly Button Challenges, plus all the additional Virtual Activities, was sent out to members on the 23rd of December.  Unlike the Button Banter section of the website, which is a permanent record, the Home page Challenge button disappeared as a new day dawned, so this Journal will provide a paper record of the last six months for all members to keep.

 

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 - To Be Advised

Members will be notified when the next meeting is being held.