We sometimes highlight collecting hobbies other than numismatics when an interesting article comes along. This week the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published a nice article about the third most popular collecting hobby (after coins and stamps) - buttons. There are numismatic connections such as the George Washington inaugural buttons and the Bar Copper, which was modeled after an early button design. -EditorLike many other items that people collect, buttons are prized for the materials they are made of, their rarity, age, condition and where they were made.
"An attractive thing about buttons is that they have been made from just about every material that is out there," Mrs. Fischer said. "If it is stable enough, they will use it."
Buttons have been made from bone, glass, brass, silver and plastic. Some of the more intricate ones have been carved from mother of pearl. Collector Faith Strobel, of Winfield, has a button decorated with peacock feathers.
"One of the fascinating things about button collecting is that your collection is never complete," Mrs. Tutelo said. "There is always something different, something to add."
To read the complete article, see: These collectors are right on the button (http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08195/896239-54.stm)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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