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DuDa's loves248 of 569A large Loetz Ausführung 237Loetz - cut glass "annagelb a. weissemail, dunkelblau"
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    Posted 9 months ago

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    The first glass items I collected were buttons.
    My mother would take me along to op shops from when I was a little kid, & as she browsed the shop I'd find a tin of buttons to rummage through...there was always an old biscuit tin full of buttons, usually on the shop counter.
    Well, my taste for glass emerged early & I was only interested in glass buttons, never the plastic or shell ones.
    Over the years, I kept on buying them, jars full of random buttons & I'd pick out the glass ones & pass the rest on.
    Needless to say I acquired a lot of buttons. These are just the tip of the iceberg...
    1. Bright colours - a mix of bold reds, oranges, blues. Some are plain, but many have Art Deco designs, novelty shapes, & unusual details. I love that so much thought & effort went into designing & producing such small items. That's why they're worth saving & appreciating.
    2. Pastel colours - a mix of greens, light blues, yellow, pink, & mauve. Once again, there's lots of quirky details in these buttons - blue oyster shells with a "pearl" inside, tiny pineapples, hearts...the pink & yellow striped ones are favourites. Some are accented with gilding.
    3. Sombre colours - a mix of browns, black, & navy blue. Who knew there were so many variations on brown glass? It's not a colour you see much of in art glass, but it was popular for buttons. I can imagine these on tweed coats, velvet jackets, autumnal - hued & elegantly tailored frocks. Many have striking Art Deco forms & metallic decoration.
    I would estimate that most of these buttons were made in Czechoslovakia between the two world wars. There may be some earlier ones scattered among them as well.

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    1. Michelleb007 Michelleb007, 9 months ago
      What wonderful buttons! I love them, too. I would buy a jar here and there at junk shops, and my mother always had a jar around when I was a child. My daughter and I have had fun going through them and sorting them by type or color, as you did here. I don’t have many glass ones - yours are beautiful! I particularly like the soft greens and salmon pinks that you put together. :)
    2. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 9 months ago
      The brown group looks like a box of expensive chocolates! Each group is beautiful!
    3. IronLace IronLace, 9 months ago
      Thanks so much, Michelle, I'm so pleased that you're enjoying them!
      I think old buttons are just so magical, & a perfect kid's collection...we all seem to love tiny things when we're youngsters, & when you sort through the collection, those feelings return...gently whiling away the hours at play, lost in a small world that one can put into order & make sense of in one's own way...good for the soul.
      I think more folks need to play with buttons, it could make the world a happier, kinder place!
    4. IronLace IronLace, 9 months ago
      Lovely comment, Watchsearcher! They really do look like fancy chocolates!
      And soon I'll post some more special buttons...
    5. valentino97 valentino97, 2 months ago
      How did I miss these amazing little treasures? Love your collection and that you were a young glass collector for these! I like to use glass or unusual vintage buttons as the "toggle" in my jewelry designs. Love the display and photos!
    6. IronLace IronLace, 2 months ago
      Thanks so much, Mary! Yes, the collecting bug bit early for me, & glass buttons were my "gateway drug" for art glass, LOL!

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