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  1. My mother had an ornate tarnished silver box filled with buttons that I loved and played with as a child. No, I never ate one or put it up my nose. Like Tish said, I don’t remember them being as fancy as the ones in your picture. As a teacher, we used buttons to count and sort and paste on pictures. They have many uses. Thanks for sharing your bright buttons. Here’s my brightsquare for today. https://tchistorygal.net/2021/04/07/becky-bs-bright-squares/.

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    1. These are rather special aren’t they, most of them will be made out of pearl, and I think date back to 19th and early 20th century. They made things fancier then!

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      1. Wow! It looks like the kind of picture you would see blown up into a huge framed piece of art in a museum or maybe a fabric store! πŸ™‚ Fabulous and artistic, Becky B.

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      2. Yes, it is the kind of picture that I have never thought about making, but depending on the type of display, could be very sellable to a specific industry – at least once people start going into buildings again!! πŸ™‚ Anyway I loved it, and it sounds like so many people shared a memory of buttons in their past. πŸ™‚

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  2. Reminds me of my grandfather who was a tailor and had his own atalier. I loved walking around in the work area of the shop, looking at all the lovely fabrics and the seemingly endless rows of boxes with buttons in all colours and sizes.

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      1. No, unfortunately not. His children are/were skilled in totally different areas (music, teaching and engeneering) and none of us grandchildren either.

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  3. Reminds me of my grandma’s button can. She had a Quaker Oats can (a US cereal brand) full of all types and sizes of buttons…must have been 5 pounds of them. If you lost a button, grandma had a spare.

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    1. How fabulous πŸ™‚ apparently Birmingham made lots of buttons for the US market, so maybe she and some of these!

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  4. I used to love sorting buttons in my mother’s button jar and had one similar which my children used to love. So useful to enable them to count or sort into colours or sizes. An education in a jar. None as beautiful as these, but all with a history of which garment they came from.

    Bright Squares

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    1. oh now that’s just wonderful. I bet they have very fond memories of the jar. I suspect very few children got to play with these, as I came across them in a museum in Birmingham. It was there I discovered Birmingham was once the centre of button making!

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    1. I am just loving how so many fellow squarers are remembering their mother’s or grandmother’s button box. Been a wonderful day for button memories πŸ™‚

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  5. I don’t sew but have a big cookie can full of buttons. I mean a big can … all sizes and colors. Not nearly as bright as your selection, but always comes in handy.

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    1. how fabulous πŸ™‚ I wish these were mine, unfortunately in a museum. My collection is nothing as grand as this

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    1. Fascinating how much came out of England’s powerhouse really – think you are right kayaks were probably not one of the items though!

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