That's just goofy! What is? These are!
According to Sally C. Luscomb in The Collector's Encyclopedia of Buttons, 6th edition, "This term was used first by Miss Dorothy Foster Brown, in her book Button Parade, for twentieth-century buttons. It refers to an odd, humorous, or picture button made from modern plastics, china, wood, nuts, cork, etc."
These are also known as realistics, which happens to be the term I prefer. Realistic buttons are very self-explanatory in the fact that they look like a 'real' object. There are many different types and materials of these, and many came is sets!
One of my most popular sellers are the flowers. In the center photo above, there are flowers of glass, plastic and celluloid! I have some that are extruded Celluloid and even have a few paper mache!
I have a particularly nice one that I have been able to find little to no information on as of yet, so I've been holding onto it for a few years. This one is a porcelain or ceramic dill pickle and is advertising for the Heinz Company.
I believe this was created for an exposition that took place in the early 1900's, but still have not been able to verify that 100%. (Feel free to e-mail me with any information!) Regardless, it is just an amazing piece!
Below you will find a wide variety of subjects! This is only a drop in the proverbial bucket of realistic buttons!
I have always thought these would be super to use for a story book! A book made of fabric for children that told a story using these buttons. They could be embedded directly in the sentences or used as part of the art work. But alas, I am not a seamstress, so I will leave that to someone else!
That wraps it up for the 'goofies'! Hope you enjoyed it!
PS: If you ever happen to see anything in any of my blog posts that you may be interested in, please email me! I am more than willing to create listings for anyone who would like something specific and have done this countless times in the past.
Until next time,