When friend Liza asked if I wanted to go with her to see a button collection, there was no hesitation on my part. She said it was a great collection in a historic house, but nothing prepared me for what I was to see.
The collection belongs to Linda who does live in a fabulous Victorian house in a small town in north Georgia. Liza had met her on a tour of homes, and was invited back for a closer look at Linda’s stuff. And I say stuff because it’s not just buttons, but also antique and vintage sewing and knitting implements.I thought we would stay an hour or so, but Linda and her husband, Steve, were so gracious that one hour turned to four. And we still could have stayed longer.
These buttons were stored in an old dental case, which has lots of little drawers that once held dental tools. Now each drawer is packed full of buttons. All these plaid decorated ones came from the same estate.
Button collectors often make framed assemblages of buttons on a theme. Here are some of Linda’s dog buttons.
You may not be able to tell from the photo, but this cabinet was about ten feet high. It was custom built for a coin collector. All the little drawers are full of buttons, with some of Linda’s yarn in the shelves beneath. Linda is a knitter, and she does beautiful work.
There were fancy wooden buttons…
buttons carved from nuts…
figural bakelite buttons…
sports themed buttons…
and plastic buttons.
These printed cloth nursery rhyme buttons are still on the original card.
Remember my post that told about the Muscatine, Iowa button industry? Linda has a shell from there with the little blanks stamped out.
But it’s not just buttons. Linda also collects other sewing things, and has a wonderful grouping of pincushions and novelty tape measures.
This little sewing machine is a music box that plays “Buttons and Bows.”
Linda also has an enviable collection of antique ribbons and trims.
This trim is silk with silver metal bauble and embroidery.
Like any good button collector, Linda loves all sorts of miniatures. This is a hiking themed pin.
I loved this tiny terrier trimmed purse.
A knitter must also collect knitting aids. These string holders are by Holt Howard and are perfect for yarn.
I’m sorry this is so fuzzy, but I had to show it anyway. This is a silver yarn holder with a bracelet ring. Beauty and function.
Thanks so much to Liza at Better Dresses Vintage for taking me along on this button adventure.