antique dealer once told me that since most dealers don't go to school
to learn the "trade", we get our education from our mistakes. Usually
those are mistakes in what we buy. Even though I've been doing this for
15 years, I still make mistakes. I guess that means I'm still
an estate sale last weekend, I saw buttons, lots of buttons, buttons on
cards. Buttons in a bag or a jar will make my heart beat a little
that have been put on cards by other collectors make my heart skip a
beat. They're special, because someone went to the trouble to collect
them, lay them out, attach them to cards.
I saw this button card at an estate sale, I was overcome with button
lust and I bought the card without really considering my purchase.
first mistake was assuming these were glass buttons. They LOOK like
glass, but I think they're all plastic. Worse than that, they had been
attached to the board with wire- METAL wire.
and plastic, especially old plastic, do not mix well. The metal in the
wire causes the plastic to deteriorate and crumble.
When I tried to take this button off the card....
...the back fell right off and the button crumbled. Button crums- ick!
The same thing happened with this flower button.
There were plenty of clues that this wasn't a great purchase:
Many missing buttons.
The wire holding the buttons to the card was green colored from corrosion.
It's pretty easy to tell the difference between glass and plastic. Glass will feel cold when you hold it next to your cheek.
At the same sale, I bought another card of buttons, all "V" for Victory buttons from the WWII era.
These buttons have some condition issues, too; but I really like keepsakes from WWII homefront era .
These buttons had been attached with wire, too; but I very carefully took them off. A few crumbled, but these were keepers.
learned- don't buy in haste, make sure you can live with the condition
of whatever you're buying and don't mix metal buttons (or wire) with
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