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Vintage-Fashion Buttons-PATTERNS PICS ADDED

Discussion in 'PUBLIC Show and Tell - Share your treasures' started by lkranieri, Mar 3, 2014.

  1. lkranieri

    lkranieri Trade Member

    Found today--in with a million vintage patterns--at the house sale of a (deceased) woman whose business card announced that she did "Women's and Children's Custom Made Clothes; Alterations."

    The plastic buttons have an integrated shank on the back and are (l to r, top to bottom): Hat, handkerchief, handbag, belt, gloves, and a shoe.

    Am I correct in assuming they are from about the mid-to-late 1940's?

  2. poppysvintageclothing

    poppysvintageclothing Administrator Staff Member

  3. Lady Scarletts

    Lady Scarletts Trade Member

    How cute! Great find !
  4. joules

    joules Trade Member

    Those are super!
    Like Mary Jane, I'm also getting an older vibe from these.
    They're so detailed.
  5. Great buttons! 1940s??
  6. sewingmachinegirl

    sewingmachinegirl Trade Member

    Oh My, those buttons are amazing- they look more 30s to me too. What were the patterns like? it sounds fantastic.
  7. Pinkcoke

    Pinkcoke Alumni

    The shoe style is about 1936/7 with that peaked tab, of course with novelty buttons today the shoes tend to be retro styles.
  8. amandainvermont

    amandainvermont Trade Member

    Well - This is a job for button man. I sent him the photo with your question Lynne (and I LOVE the buttons) - Here is his answer -

    These sets of buttons are called (rather unfortunately, to my mind) "goofies". They were made in the 40's (there are some patriotic WWII themed sets) and 50's.

    Here's a link to a completed auction for the same set in a different color:

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  9. cmpollack

    cmpollack Trade Member

    What a fab set, Lynne!

    "Goofies", hmm? I wonder what kind of garment a set like this would have been put on, and whether the buttons would have been used with functional buttonholes, or as decoration on top of snaps?
  10. lkranieri

    lkranieri Trade Member

    Thank you all for the dating help for the buttons. Thank you, too, Amanda for asking your Button Man about them and for the link to the other set. I was delighted to learn about goofies.

    Gayle, there is (still) at the house a very big steel pattern cabinet filled with patterns from, I think, the 1940's to the early 2000's. There are all pattern manufacturers reflected in the collection, but I saw many, many Spadea and Vogue patterns. There are also many, many buttons, but other than these, they are pretty plain.
  11. boncly

    boncly Trade Member

    A big steel pattern cabinet FILLED? :jawdrop: <faint - splat!> Me want. Now. Drool.
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  12. sewingmachinegirl

    sewingmachinegirl Trade Member

    :jawdrop: Oh my, I am just green with envy, more photos please!!
  13. The Vintage Merchant

    The Vintage Merchant Administrator Staff Member

    :wub: wow. these are spectacular, Lynne!
  14. Midge

    Midge Trade Member


    INVINTAGEV Trade Member

    Amazing buttons!
  16. lkranieri

    lkranieri Trade Member

    Per your request, Gayle, here are photos of the pattern cabinet and some of the older patterns (subsequent posts). I think there were four big, deep drawers in the cabinet and I believe the third drawer is filled with mostly children's clothing patterns. The envelopes are quite worn, but the insides seem to be intact or unused.


  17. lkranieri

    lkranieri Trade Member

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    lkranieri Trade Member

  19. lkranieri

    lkranieri Trade Member




    ...and there are at least two more shoeboxes of old patterns
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  20. The Vintage Merchant

    The Vintage Merchant Administrator Staff Member

    :wub::wub::wub: wow! a mother lode of patterns....

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