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.

MYTHOLOGY

A rather interesting 18th Century button, circa 1775.  The button measures 4 cm in diameter, and has a turned brass back; the rim and shank are silver.

From what I have been able to discover so far, the picture shows Poseidon, Greek god of the sea, earthquakes and horses, with his consort Amphitrite.  (Or maybe his Roman equivalent Neptune, and his consort Salacia).  The black background has been painted directly onto the brass, the detailed hand painting is exceptional, and the platform the day bed is standing on appears to be a sliver of ivory.  The lady in attendance is holding a mirror.  I do not know what the scene depicts, it is obviously part of a story - I will see what I can find out in the future.

 

CLUB JOURNALS - Update 6/5/2021

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.   The May 2021 Journal will be sent out soon.

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 11th MAY

For the May meeting we will be back in the Fellowship Room on TUESDAY as usual.  

MAY TOPIC  -  Interactive Buttons - (Buttons that not only do up a garment, but have an extra something!)