Wanted: old box for new buttons

4 thoughts on “Wanted: old box for new buttons”

  1. Ali
    What a lot of memories you have stirred. I think every family had a treasured button box, my sister inherited ours which, like yours, was an old sweetie tin. It was a great treat to be allowed to play with the contents. Now I must go and find a suitable tin to put my buttons in for my grandchildren to play with.

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  2. Of course these days there’s probably an EU directive banning such things. Sealing wax is probably toxic and I’m sure I used to prick myself on the odd broken pin. A bit of danger was all part of the fun! BTW this is probably the first thing I have done on behalf of my future grandchildren. Is it an omen?
    AliB

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  3. In Muscatine, Iowa (USA) there is a pearl button museum. Muscatine is along the Missouri River, and a certain shellfish grew well there, leading to a button industry made from the shells. Shell buttons have a feel to them that is altogether different from modern buttons.

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