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 . . .

Virtual Activities

The Metal Button Challenge:   Starts October 1st.   Choose a button made of metal. It may be decorated or embellished with other materials. Buttons come in a variety of metals, both precious and otherwise. They could have many uses,  e.g. glove buttons, underwear, fashion and uniforms.

Click on the image to enlarge the button.

Day 31.     Brass & Steel

I am now closing the door on the last day of the last Button Challenge.  From tomorrow, for your interest, there will be a new button posted on the Home page twice per month.

This rather handsome Gothic Revival picture button from the 19th Century shows a typical Gothic style hinge.  It is made from brass, cast in the form of wooden planks, with a silver coating.  The separately cast brass hinge, is fastened to the base with cut steels. 

In the United Kingdom the great buildings in almost every town were cathedrals, castles and palaces.  Many of these buildings were from the Middle Ages and were Romanesque or Gothic in style.  The pointed arch, designed both for strength and decoration, was a particular feature of Gothic architecture.

During the second half of the 18th Century and throughout the 19th Century, the Gothic style became popular again.  This style is called Gothic Revival architecture.

Based on a more sophisticated version of plank-style doors, Gothic doors often feature what is known as “frame-and-plank” construction.  Vertical planks are attached to a basic frame, which provides the stabilizing structure.  Gothic style doors are often arched and frequently pointed in their design.

Metalwork advanced during the Medieval period, and more and more common people began using hinged-doors in their houses.  Local blacksmiths could create wrought iron hinges, as well as other wrought iron tools, at an affordable rate.  However, the upper-class still constructed large castles and palaces with big doors requiring the load-bearing power of large scale hinges.  These are still visible in old castles preserved in Europe: massive oak doors with wrought iron hinges which stretch across the entire door face.  Many of these hinges are both decorative and functional.  You need a large strong hinge to support the weight of a large heavy door.

 

CLUB JOURNALS - Update 21/10/2020

The August and November 2020 Journals will be combined with the February 2021 Journal.  The May Journal was the last one sent out to members this year and the April meeting was cancelled, making March our last meeting, and that topic was reported in the May Journal. Starting with April, the proposed topics for 2020 (back page of Journals) will be transferred to 2021.  Hopefully by Christmas we should know when we can have meetings again, and the Committee will contact all members.

However, we are very happy to announce that in the meantime a ‘Special Edition’ Journal containing our Monthly Button Challenges, plus all the additional Virtual Activities, will be sent out to members in November.  Unlike the Button Banter section of the website, which is a permanent record, the Home page Challenge button disappeared as a new day dawned, so this Journal will provide a paper record of the last six months for all members to keep.

 

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 Meetings - Cancelled

Due to the spread of the Coronavirus, the Committee has decided it is in the best interest of our members if we cancel our Button Club meetings until further notice.  We don't want our members to be at any risk and feel this is the best option for now.  As things evolve we will keep you up to date. We hope you stay safe and well.