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

Starting on the 1st of November,  there will be a new button posted on the Home page twice per month.

Click on the image to enlarge the button.

 
Chinese Tumbler.
                                                                         

A large pressed and pierced brass button with rolled edges, depicting a Chinese tumbler supporting a cloud decorated with an arrow shaped steel. The brass surrounds are stamped with ?Chinese calligraphy. A large welded U shaped brass wire shank. Late 19th Century.

One of the oldest sports of the Olympic Games is Gymnastics. Each ancient Civilization evolved its own variation of the sport which may have included exercises such as running, jumping, wrestling, throwing and weightlifting.
The ancient Greek word gymnos translates to naked. The Greeks performed these sports in the nude.
With the various civilizations, these sports were used to maintain fitness, especially for their armies, but they were also used for entertainment.
Juedixi was an ancient form of Chinese Gymnastics which included dancing, music, tumbling, conjuring and wrestling.
In Chinese culture, clouds are considered lucky and are often seen in Chinese art, sometimes with a dragon. Clouds are considered a fusion of Yin and Yang because of the elements, water, air, sky and earth.

( I am unsure if there is any meaning in the decorative Chinese calligraphy. Can any-one help? )

 

CLUB JOURNALS - Update 1/6/2021
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 Journal.  The August and November Journals were not produced.   The May 2021 Journal has been sent to all members.

 

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 - TUESDAY 10th AUGUST

TOPIC CUT STEEL BUTTONS