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 . . .

We are sorry to announce that the Club's Annual Buttonfest on Saturday October 9th has been Cancelled.

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.

 

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

The Buttons - The larger button carries hallmarks which indicate it was made by George Jensen between 1933 and 1944.  The word “Sterling” is on the left hand side of the shank and “Denmark” on the right.  The GJ hallmark is above the shank and the number “57” below it.  The smaller button was made between 1909 and 1914 and has George Jensen’s mark for that date, “826S”, and another mark I can’t trace.

Georg Jensen  -  Georg Jensen was born on the 31st August 1866 in Raadvad, Denmark, and died at the age of 69 on the 2nd October 1935 in Copenhagen.  He was a Danish silversmith and designer who achieved international prominence for his commercial application of modern metal design.  The simple elegance of his works and their emphasis on fine craftsmanship, hallmarks of Jensen’s products, are recognized around the world.  (Britannica.com)

Jensen began his training in gold smithing at the age of 14 with the firm Guldsmed Andersen, Copenhagen, and left when his apprenticeship ended in 1884 to follow his artistic interests.  In 1887 he enrolled at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts where he studied sculpture with Theobald Stein.  He graduated in 1892 and began exhibiting his work.  He also studied ceramics with Joachim Petersen.

Although his ceramic sculptures were well received, making a living as a fine artist proved difficult and he turned his hand to the applied arts.  First as a modeller at the Bing & Grøndahl porcelain factory and, beginning in 1898, with a small pottery workshop he founded in partnership with Christian Petersen.  Again the work was well received, but the sales were not strong enough to support Jensen, now a widower, and his two young sons.

Jensen made his first piece of jewellery in 1899, a silver and silver gilt "Adam and Eve" belt buckle.  In 1901, Jensen abandoned ceramics and began again as a silversmith and designer with the master, Mogens Ballin.  This led Jensen to make a landmark decision, when in 1904, he risked what small capital he had and opened his own workshop at 36 Bredgade in Copenhagen.

Jensen's training in metal smithing along with his education in the fine arts allowed him to combine the two disciplines and revive the tradition of the artist craftsman.  Soon, the beauty and quality of his Art Nouveau creations caught the eye of the public and his success was assured.  (Wikipedia)

Danish Silver - Under the Danish Hallmarking Act of 1893, the content standard for all silver was set at 826 parts out of 1,000, which is slightly lower than the standard for sterling which is 925.  The Danish mark, 826S was used until about 1915 when silversmiths raised their silver content to 830 and eventually to 925.  Georg Jensen did not switch to the sterling standard until 1927.  (Jensensilver.com)                      
 

CLUB JOURNALS - Update 19/8/2021
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.  The August 2021 Journal has been sent out 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 12th OCTOBER

TOPIC CUT STEEL BUTTONS

Our September Meeting has been cancelled.  The topic of Lucite Buttons will be presented at a later date.