Wednesday 10 August 2011

The Button Family

It all begun with this bag, that I have showed you before. It is an adorable pouch portreting a dutch peasant family and all the little heads, including the cat!, are made with buttons.
I had never seen such buttons before, but I started looking for them, and they appear to have been quite popular in the States around 1900.

And like this goes with buttons, it is addictive, and I got myself a small collection :)

This one left is part of a series, I've seen them on Ebay for high prices, but I got mine for much less! I would love to know where this button family thing comes from. Searching on Google only brings up family trees of real Button families!

These are bridge tally cards, probably picturing the actual players.

This one is very different , but I love it too: Missis, will yer please sew me a shirt on this button?
Well of course, the beginning is already there !!

This bunch I bought on Etsy very recently: several cats and dogs, people and blank ones to make my own button family!!
Hop over to Kraplap's blog to enjoy even more button facts!


  1. This is soooooo sweet !!!! I love them.... You found some treasuries. I almost want to start to collect them too :)) but I promised myself that I will not start collecting anything new anymore (you understand when you see my house....)

  2. Lovely buttons, I don't think I've ever seen those faces before!

  3. Awesome finds! And great what you do from it :)

  4. what a nice project with the buttons ... never saw such buttons , but I´ll keep one eye on them now ;-)

  5. I love that little bag. The cats are the cutest (of course).


  6. Hi! I have the same bag from my grandmother. I'm guessing it's from the early 1900's. I'll keep it forever, but was curious if you knew the value of these adorable bags. Thanks!

    1. Hello, I can't remember how much I paid for it, it was about 10 years ago and I bought it on eBay. They are collectible but not very valuable.