Button, Button, Who's Got the Button? COLT!
Colt Firearms... who would have dreamt that they made buttons? The Plastics Division of the company not only made buttons, but also numerous other collectibles from the "Foursome" electrical outlet to makeup containers! According to page 40 of the COLT Memorabilia Price Guide by John Ogle, by October 28th, 1933, Colt had shipped over 4.5 million buttons within a 14-month period! That is a lot of buttons!
I don't remember my first encounter with Colt buttons, as I didn't even know they existed. I can, however, tell you my first realization of an 'Oh Snap!' moment with one... All button junkies will understand when I say that there are certain buttons you come across that leave a lasting impression on you. (I have, since this experience, learned to purchase or hold onto those buttons!) I remember exactly who I sold it to and what color it was (and this was years ago!). It looked like this one, but it was purple and white!
I am not sure why it made such an impact on me, but I have just this week discovered that purple happens to be one of the most difficult colors to find in Colt buttons.
If you click on the picture to the left, it will take you to the 'Colt Button Information' page, by Deb Stribling. I have learned a lot from Deb's pages and am very grateful to her for sharing this information with everyone! There are a few contributors to her pages and I check in every once in a while just to see if there is anything new. When I first contacted Deb a few years ago, she suggested I purchase the Colt price guide I mentioned above.
Deb has also put together pages for the Colt buttons patent information and even more Colt button photos. Although my business sense tells me not to include that she also has a page of Colt buttons for sale or swap, I could not, in good conscience, omit it! Deb has many other button albums also, so take a look around if you have a chance!
Since my initial contact with her, not only did I purchase the COLT Memorabilia Price Guide by John Ogle, I also began hoarding any button that I thought was possibly made by the company. Needless to say, I have accumulated quite the stash and I am now beginning to get through them and put them up for sale. I have already met one wonderful Colt collector and am helping her fill in the gaps in her collection where I can! What I have gone through so far is a drop in the bucket compared to what I actually have, but I am getting through them as time allows. You can see what I currently have for sale in the 'Colt' section of my shop!
Buttons... 10 years ago if you would have attempted to tell me that I would be this interested in these little miniature works of art, I would have thought you had lost your mind! Who knew?