I have always loved them and whenever I come across them at a sale...............
I have to take them home!
How about you?
I never throw any buttons away...............on old clothing I always snip them off and drop them into my various containers.
Where do you store your buttons?
The mother of pearl buttons, I usually store in old odd shaped jars or bottles...........
but for my designing space, I love to put a few into some of my favorite vintage teacups.
I was curious as to where and when these beautiful buttons were made...........
so I did a little research to share with you................
John Fredrick Beopple, an immigrant from Otlensen, Germany and farm laborer in Columbus Junction in the late 19th century is credited with beginning the pearl button industry in Muscatine, Iowa.
This is him in the photo above, cutting buttons.
While in Germany, Beopple made buttons from animal horns, but also experimented using fresh-water mussel shells.William Molis, superintendent of the water works, loaned Beopple $15 to move his hand made button cutting machine to Muscatine.
On January 26, 1891, Beopple partnered with Molis and formed Beopple Pearl Button Company.
Barry automation caused the pearl button industry in Muscatine to increase so at its peak from 1913-1919 one third of the entire population of Muscatine was employed in some aspect of making pearl buttons.Beopple later served as a shell expert at the Biological Station at Fairport, Iowaa few miles from Muscatine, in studying mussel shells of the Mississippi River.
During the preparation of the Dingley Tariff Bill, Beopple was called as a pearl button authority to Washington DC.
Beopple died January 30, 1972
How about you? Do you love to collect old buttons? Is mother of pearl your favorite..........or do you have some other one you like the best?
I would love to hear!