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 image to enlarge the button.

 

 

Egyptian Mythology and Symbolism.

The Button.  A large celluloid button (68mm), with a tin japanned back and metal loop shank c. 1920s.  The pictorial centre of the button depicts a woman paying homage to an Egyptian Queen, possibly Queen Zakuta.

The Queen is  wearing The Vulture Crown. This was a symbol of protection for female Pharaohs given by the Goddess Nekhbet and is characterised by the head of a vulture seen on the forehead and the bird’s body and wings covering the rest of the head.
The Queen is also holding a flail, one of the symbols of Royalty. The flail, called a nekhakha, is a rod with three strands of beads attached to the top. A symbolic interpretation is that it was used for protection and to establish order.
In the top left of the picture is the Goddess Nekhbet in her vulture form also symbolising protection and the right to rule. She is carrying a ring called The Shen.
The Shen is a circle of rope forming an unbroken bond representing completeness and infinity.
The Shen has been linked with the Greek letter Omega which symbolises infinity or the destiny of mankind.

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

CLUB JOURNALS - Update 1/4/2022
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 Journals for 2022 will all be available as usual.

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 - SEPTEMBER 13th 2022

TOPIC -   INDIVIDUALITY BUTTONS - (Buttons handmade by artists in various materials, or buttons made in limited numbers).   For example, Studio buttons. 

Melbourne Buttonfest 2022 - Saturday 8th October