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Posted 2 years ago

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valentino97
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These lovely buttons are 1.75" - pretty big but also fragile. I don't think they were used - probably why I found this many and all so perfect.

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  1. butnl8ty, 1 year ago
    These are celluloid buttons. Celluloid buttons were very widely used from the late 1800's thru the late 1940's. It was highly flammable, did not wash, and was used mostly on light coats and capes, hence the larger size, and as more novelty and decorative clothing purposes.
    Some celluloids have a tendency to just self destruct so be cautious where you keep these.
  2. valentino97 valentino97, 1 year ago
    Thank you - yes I've had some celluloid buttons self destruct. They were inside a plastic zip lock back. Where and how do you suggest I take care of my old celluloid buttons? I love these buttons.
  3. Buttonista, 1 year ago
    It's important that you keep all celluloid Buttons away from metal. There is a chemical reaction when the two touch which causes "crazing" that looks like little cracks all over the Button. Once this process begins, your Button is a goner.
    They also need to be "aired", that is, not sealed in a bag. The volatile materials in the celluloid "gas out" and will eventually discolor and ruin your Buttons.

    The best way to keep your Buttons is to buy some ACID FREE matte board at a craft or frame store. Cut them down to the size you want...9 inches by 11 inches or whatever you'd like. Poke holes in it and stick the Button shanks thru the holes and attach with a plastic coated wire. I use the type used in old telephone wire. DON"T use a pipe cleaner, the center is made of metal which will destroy your celluloid Buttons

    It's certainly a rainy day project if you have lots of Buttons but I hoped this helped you! ?
  4. valentino97 valentino97, 1 year ago
    Thank you! This is just the information I needed and thank you for your expertise! I knew the sealed bag wasn't the right place but wasn't sure why.
  5. valentino97 valentino97, 1 year ago
    Hi butnl8ty and buttonista - I'm making a lightweight flannel wool 1950's jacket and plan to use some of my old buttons. I will probably attach them so that they can be removed for drycleaning. HOWEVER, I have lots of old buttons and might not take the time on every shirt or jacket. Should I suggest to the buyer that they wrap the buttons in foil if they decide to dryclean the jacket?
  6. Buttonista, 1 year ago
    Sure you can suggest that but I'd make sure the buyer knows to tell the Dry cleaner to take extra precautions with the Buttons and most reputable dry cleaners will do that anyway.
  7. valentino97 valentino97, 1 year ago
    I never thanked you for your advice - thank you!

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