Continuing the domestic arts / casein products theme, here is my collection of bakelite and casein buttons.
On the plate in the middle of the image are bakelite buttons that were salvaged from old clothes in the 30s [think Depression Era] and saved for re-use on new clothes. I bought these buttons from a very old lady who had done the salvaging, but never quite got round to the re-using. The buttons on the cards are casein with some on their original card [note that the brown buttons by Walkers are ‘boil-proof’!]
Vintage buttons are quite collectible- and remain quite functional too. This set is for sale: $AUD45