Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Button Weirdness

The other day when searching for buttons for my recently refashioned shirt, I went through my button drawer and found these. Aren't they the weirdest buttons you've ever seen? I just love the detail and their expressions. They are from my grandma's stash. She had a lot of buttons and I inherited most of them.
I believe these are from when she lived in Japan during the post WWII reconstruction with my Army colonel grandfather.
I don't know if they are irreplaceable or not, so I'm debating whether they can be used in something I'd actually wear. Guess I'll have to do some research on that particular subject. Anyone know any good button valuation websites?

4 comments:

Deirdre said...

Julie - are the bottom photo buttons too? If they are - and if it wouldn't damage them, I think you need to make molds of them. I'd buy a set! Top ones too!

Caitlin said...

These are so FABULOUS! I'd put them in a shadow box on display or something - what a treasure!

Laume said...

these are stunning! I agree with deirdre - you could make molds and then you could play with the mold copies safely while keeping the originals secure and safe.

PaMdora said...

I don't know anything about the value of buttons, but the imagery is definately Japanese. The top ones look like a kind of Japanese demon, and the bottom ones look like the seven gods. I don't know that much about them, but you often see the seven gods in a boat together on the ocean for some reason. They would also be more valuable because they are in the original box.