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 once per month.
Click on the button to enlarge.

 

 

Egyptian Theme buttons  – make a great display card! 

The two Egyptian gods pictured on the buttons are Osiris and Horus.  On the large button Osiris is on the right wearing the Atef crown and holding a flail.  I do not know who is depicted kneeling.  On the smaller button Horus is on the right and Osiris on the left (holding a staff or crook). There is a lot of information on both Osiris and Horus, and I have picked out what I think is easy to remember.

The Buttons

The very large button is made from Celluloid and measures 6.7 cm in diameter.  It has a japanned metal back and shank.  The central addition is also Celluloid, but known as Ivoroid which is coloured to resemble ivory.

The smaller button measures 3.5 cm in diameter.  It is made from stamped and tinted brass, mounted in either barley sugar-coloured Bakelite or Lucite. 

Osiris

Osiris is one of the most important gods in Egyptian mythology, known for his role as the god of the Underworld.  Osiris was a symbol of life and death, associated with resurrection and the afterlife.  Not only did Osiris rule the afterlife, he also had the power to grant life.  His symbols are the Atef crown, flail and crook.  The Atef crown is a specific feathered white crown worn by the ruler of the Underworld.  The feathers each side of the crown represent truth and justice and are identified as ostrich from their curl or curve at the upper ends, with a slight flare toward the base.  The crook and flail were symbols, originally his attributes, which became the insignia of pharoanic authority used in ancient Egyptian society.  The shepherd’s crook stood for kingship and the flail for the fertility of the land.

Horus

(The following notes were taken from the website ‘Britannica.com/topic/Horus’)

In ancient Egyptian religion Horus was a god in the form of a falcon whose right eye was the sun or morning star, representing power and quintessence, and whose left eye was the moon or evening star, representing healing.  Falcon cults, which were in evidence from late predynastic times, were widespread in Egypt.

(Notes taken from ‘The British Museum website – Ancient Egyptian Gods and Godesses’)

Horus was god of the sky, war, and hunting and also the god of kingship.  He was associated with the pharaohs and was often depicted as their protector and defender.  He was often portrayed as a man with the head of a falcon, or just as a falcon.

The son of Osiris and Isis, he defeated his uncle Seth to claim the throne of Egypt.  He was worshipped throughout Egypt, and his image is found in many temples and tombs.  Horus was a just and fair god who protected the people of Egypt and maintained order and balance..

MEMBERS ONLY - Information for ordering our special 25th Silver Anniversary button remains under Button Banter (post date 2/10/2021) - plus photos.  Details for purchasing a 25th Anniversary button are also in our November 2021 Journal.  

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 June 11th

Topic:   OTHER CLOTHES FASTENERS

 (Meetings start at 8.00pm - arrive from 7.30pm)

VISITORS ARE WELCOME AT CLUB MEETINGS

MELBOURNE BUTTONFEST - SATURDAY 12th OCTOBER

ON DISPLAY - 'THE WORLD OF BUTTONS