Welcome

The goal of our Club is to provide opportunities to study buttons that are worth collecting, and share that knowledge as we come to appreciate their beauty and history. Collectable buttons include all buttons - antique and vintage, uniform and military.

Meetings are held at 8 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month (except January) in the Fellowship Room of the Burwood Heights Uniting Church (A-frame) on the corner of Burwood Highway and Blackburn Road, Burwood East.  (Melways Ref. 61 K7)

History

The idea of a button collecting club was conceived in 1995. The Victorian Button Collectors Club became a reality in 1996 when, through word of mouth and personal contacts, we held our first meeting at a private home. As individual button collectors, we had been aware of established button clubs in America and the United Kingdom. In Melbourne at that time, there was very little public information about buttons available, button collecting was not a hobby most people had heard of, and it was difficult to find collectable buttons even in antique shops. The Victorian Button Collectors Club was established to encourage the collecting, preservation and appreciation of buttons, antique and modern, and research into the history relating to their origins and uses. Most of all, the club provides an opportunity to meet like-minded people.  If you are a member you can Find out more . . .

 

Another Button Story

A new button will be posted on the Home page twice per month.

Click on the image to enlarge the button.

 

This year marks the 25th (Silver) Anniversary of The Victorian Button Collectors Club

25th Silver Anniversary Club Raffle

The Button - One of a set of six sterling silver buttons in their original box.  The words inside the lid are “C. BARRETT & Co CUTLERS 158 STRAND LONDON”.  The buttons are shield-shaped and depict Romeo and Juliet, or “Romeo-Julia” stated in the banner above them.  Behind Juliet are the initials “RF” for Republic Francais which means they were made in France.  Additional hallmarks below the framed couple show they were assayed in England to meet the imported silver standard.  There are three hallmarks; a sun with a face in an oval, used for silver by the London Assay Office between 1904-06, “925” for sterling silver, and the London date letter “i” for 1904.  The buttons are 2.4 cm wide and high.

Members Only –  Information for ordering our special 25th Silver Anniversary button remains under Button Banter - plus two more photos.  Extra information with regard to the 'Romeo and Juliet' boxed set is under Button Banter.  There is no restriction on the number of raffle tickets you can buy.  You will have to scroll down through newly posted items to see both the Anniversary button and the Raffle.  

Details for purchasing a 25th Anniversary button, and entering the raffle for the Romeo and Juliet set, will also be in our November Journal.  (The Raffle will be drawn at our Club meeting on December 14th)

CLUB JOURNALS - Update 10/11/2021
Our February and March meetings were the only ones we were able to hold in 2020, and the topics for both meetings were recorded in the May 2020 Journal.  The August and November Journals were not produced.   The May and August 2021 Journals have been sent to all members.  The November Journal was distributed at our November meeting, and will be sent out to members ASAP. 

BUTTON BANTER is now up and running for members only. It has its own heading at the top of the Home page which you can see once you log in.  Click on this heading to view contributions.  If you want to add an item use 'Add Button Banter'  under the Member Menu on the right of that screen or the Home page.  

Button Banter is for you to share your button interests with other Club members, ask advice or give feedback. You can also see other members buttons or Button Challenge Cards or join in and show your own. It is preferable to post your photo in portrait format.

NEXT MEETING - DECEMBER 14TH

CHIRSTMAS PARTY & BUTTON SALES

We are looking forward to having our traditional Christmas Party.  At the stage, without knowing how our meeting will be affected, we are unable to make a decision about final arrangements.   All members will be contacted when we have a definite plan.