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Backs Adams, George Elbert and Brown, Dorothy Foster BACKS OF BUTTONS. GE Adams, Glocester RI. 1946 42 page booklet.
Bakelite Davidov, Corinne & Dawes, Ginny THE BAKELITE JEWELRY BOOK. Abbeville Press. 1988. ISBN 978-0896598676 Hardcover. 156 pages. Presents a collection of the finest pieces of Bakelite jewelry, discussing its popularity during the Depression era and tracing its increasing popularity among collectors.
Bridal Rosettes Sage, E. Helene BRIDAL ROSETTES–TWO CENTURIES OF EQUINE ADORNMENT. Schiffer. 2011. ISBN 978-0764338595 Hardcover. 256 pages. Bridle rosettes– often imbued with family, political, or social symbols. Over 10,000 different varieties were produced between c. 1850 and 1930. In over 800 vivid color photos.
Buckles Appels, Andrew & Laycock, Stuart ROMAN BUCKLES & MILITARY FITTINGS. Greenlight Publishing. 2007 ISBN: 978-1897738290 Hardcover and paperback. 288 pages. Lavishly illustrated with hundreds of full colour photographs. Early Empire Buckles -Dolphin Buckles – Dragon Buckles – Bird Buckles – Horse head buckles – Lion Buckles – Strap ends – Belt stiffeners – Belt Plates – Helmet Fittings – Sword and Dagger Fittings – Armour Fittings – Shield Fittings – Apron Fittings – Horse harness Fittings – Roman military glossary – Bibliography
Buckles Saitta, Dr. Joseph V. COLLECTING MEN’S BELT BUCKLES. Paperback. 160 pages. Contains a price guide.
Buckles Whitehead, Ros BUCKLES 1250-1800, including price guide. Buckles are the largest category of medieval and post medieval dress accessory to survive. Common and rare, plain and decorated buckles.   Manufacture, Single Looped Buckles,   Integral Plates, Clasp Fasteners, Annulars, Shapes, Asymmetrical Buckles, Two Piece Buckles, Buckles as Jewelry.
Button Exhibit Allio, Loic & de Givenche, Hubert BOUTONS. Seuil, Paris. 2001.   ISBN 978-2702847091 FRENCH.
Button Exhibit Cooper-Hewitt Museum BUTTONS IN THE COLLECTION OF THE COOPER-HEWITT MUSEUM. Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC. 1982. This 33 page book is scanned (in black and white) and can be viewed online at
Buttons Epstein, Diana THE BUTTON BOOK. Running Press, Philadelphia & London. 1996. ISBN 978-1561387397) Hardcover. 128 pages. To celebrate the marvel of buttons, here’s a collection of quotes, trivia, and photographs to take you on an expert tour through a world of art, craft, fashion, and social history.
Buttons Epstein, Diana & Safro, Millicent BUTTONS. Harry Abrams, NYC NY. 1991 ISBN 978-0810990593 Hardcover. 175 pages. Color. “Between the covers of this book are decorative works of art, once thought of as merely buttons.” -Mario Buatta; “A dazzling cornucopia that charts the button’s evolution – from bucolic 18th-century French enamels to racy American silk garter studs with Clara Bow faces.
Buttons Ertell, Vivian Beck THE COLORFUL WORLD OF BUTTONS. The Pyne Press, Princeton NJ. 1973 Viviane Ertell, along with her husband Goerge, travelled extensively in Europe in the 1940’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, discovering and researchUing some of the finest buttons collectors have ever seen. Mrs. Ertell compiled this book in 1972, showing, in part, her private collection. The first button book ever printed in full color, over 40 pages of photographs.
Buttons Gandouet, Therese BOUTONS. Boutons Paris Editions de l’Amateur. 1984. ISBN: 978-2859170356 FRENCH. Hardcover. 199 pages.
Buttons Hughes, Elizabeth & Lester, Marion BIG BOOK OF BUTTONS. New Leaf Publishers, Sedgwick ME (reprinted). 1991 ISBN: 978-0962904608 800+ pages. This book, considered the premier reference work on collectible buttons, has been out of print for several years and is somewhat difficult to find.
Buttons Hughes, Elizabeth & Lester, Marion THE BIG BOOK OF BUTTONS–THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF BUTTON HISTORY, DESIGN, AND IDENTIFICATION. Two Volumes. Second Editon. St. Johann Press. 2011. ISBN: 978-1878282736
Buttons Jarvis, Louise Huntington BUTTONS ARE ART. Wobbema & Sons Printers, Grand Rapids MI. 1943. Looseleaf. 94 pages, 46 plates. The purpose is to show how many button designs are taken from paintings, sculpture and architecture.
Buttons Levin, Marshall N. & Hake, Theodore L. BUTTONS IN SETS 1896-1972. Hake’s Americana & Collectibles Press. 1984. ISBN: 978-0918708045 Paperback. Buttons have been issued in sets and series every since the first celluloid pinbacks were manufactured in the 1890’s. This volume is an attempt to catalog these sets of buttons, from the first to the early 1970’s. The book is illustrated. Listing of sets has been organized for ease of reference–first by broad categories (comics, sports, etc.), then, within each category, either by issuer (Kellogg’s Pep, Sweet Caporal, etc.) or by subject (Mickey Mouse, The Wizard of Oz, etc.). The index offers a quick means of locating specific sets, subjects or issuers.
Buttons Osborne, Peggy Ann FUN BUTTONS. Schiffer Publishing Ltd., Atglen PA. 1994. ISBN 978-0887406911 Hardcover. 143 pages. Humor. Nearly 400 color photographs, text and captions. From all over the world, over three centuries, this gathering of buttons is both delightful and informative. Organized by materials and themes.
Buttons Schiff, Stefan O. BUTTONS: ART IN MINIATURE. Lancaster-Miller Publishers, Berkley CA. 1979. ISBN 978-0895810137 Hardcover. 74 pages. Collectible buttons are truly works of “art in miniature.” A wide range of styles and subjects, including portraits, paintings and elaborate designs, all in exquisite detail, are depicted on buttons of various materials throughout the ages.
Buttons, Exhibit Davis, Minnie Staples HUNTING BUTTONS IN VERMONT. Lane Press. 1948.   ASIN B000OJQL1E Hardcover. 2 pounds. Well written with history, facts, humor and meeting locals.
Buttons, Exhibit Jacassi, Franco MISTER BUTTONE E I SUOI GIOIELLI. Brossura 96 Pagine. ISBN 978-0000001184 Hardcover. 96 pages. “With an eye to the past and the other to modern creations, “Mister Bottone and its jewels” was the most significant national exhibition of the sector, a moment of synthesis of a craft that often takes the colors of art.”
Buttons, Historic Bailey, Gordon BUTTONS AND FASTENERS 500 BC–AD 1840. GREENLIGHT Publishing. 2004. ISBN: 978-1897738214 Paperback. 140 pages. Containing over 1,000 high quality colour photographs, this book allows the identification and dating of metal buttons through many periods of history. Many of the buttons covered are excavated examples, and quite a number are rare and previously unrecorded varieties.
Buttons, Historic Brown, Dorothy Foster BUTTON PARADE (revised). Wallace-Homestead Book Co. 1968. ASIN: B0007E9D3E Hardcover. 269 pages. Hand drawn illustrations, over 40 pages, with description of button designs, classification, display, glossary.
Buttons, Historic Brown, Dorothy Foster BUTTON PARADE: A BOOK OF BUTTON GROUPINGS. Lightner Publishing. 1942. ASIN: Hardcover. 269 pages. Hand drawn illustrations, over 40 pages, with description of button designs, classification, display, glossary.
Buttons, Historic Chupin, Yvette HISTORY IN THE HEART OF THE BUTTON FROM 1750 TO 1970 (l’Histoire au Coeur du Bouton de 1750 a 1970). FRENCH.
Buttons, Historic Couse, Erwina L. & Maple, Marguerite BUTTON CLASSICS. Lightener Publishing Col, Chicago IL. 1941 Hardcover. 250 pages. Iidentifies, describes and appraises buttons from all periods up to the first World War, from 1750-1915. 108 plates of button illustrations, 4 in full color. 25 chapters covering every classification.
Buttons, Historic Couse, Erwina L. & Maple, Marguerite YESTERDAY’S BUTTON CLASSICS. Lightener Publishing Col, Chicago IL. 1970 Updated reprint of 1941. ISBN: 978-0872820197 Hardcover. 255 pages. Black and white book with 108 photo plates.
Buttons, Historic Crummett, Polly deSteiguer BUTTON GUIDE BOOK No. 1: THEIR MANUFACTURE, USE ON COSTUMES, AND COLLECTIBLE TYPES. Century House. 1969.
Buttons, Historic De Buzzaccarini, Vittoria Minici & Zotti, Isabella BUTTONS & SUNDRIES. Drama Pub, Zanfri Editori, Italy. 1990. ISBN: 978-0896762015 Hardcover. 140 pages. A world history of buttons, cuff links, studs, badges, and more, beginning with the Middle Ages up to the present.
Buttons, Historic Johnson, David F. THE AMERIAN HISTORICAL BUTTONS. New Market NJ. 1942. Supplement in 1943.   ASIN B0007FLL24 Hardcover. 197 pages.
Buttons, Historic Justice, Noel D. THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL BUTTONS. 1942. Over 700 buttons listed and dated, 500-550 actual size illustrations, 23 plates, 200 pages packed with real information. Tells how to identify and date the early and difficult kinds, classification, glossary, button makers, comparative values, index. hardback and clothbound edition with supplement that lists 1400 historical buttons, illustrating 1000 styles).
Buttons, Historic Luscomb, Sally THE COLLECTOR’S ENCYCLOPEDIA OF BUTTONS. Crown Publishers Inc., Schiffer Pub. Ltd. NYC NY. 1967. 1992. 2006. ISBN: 978-0764323294 Hardcover. 242 pages. The bible book of buttons is back in an updated and revised sixth edition. This is the best introduction to the world of buttons that has ever been written. Over 3,000 buttons, covering all periods, materials, and manufacturers, are pictured and identified, along with newly revised current market values for each button. Although comprehensive in scope, the book is never intimidating. Its encyclopedic format enables information to be quickly and easily found. Current market values make it the best guide to the market. This is the one book that experienced collectors have long considered indispensable, that new collectors must have.
Buttons, Historic Luscomb, Sally & Cassidy, Ethel B. THE OLD BUTTON BOX. Author published. Quiz Industries: Southington CT. 1951. ASIN: B0007E00A4 Hardcover. 180 pages.
Buttons, Historic Miner, Minerva & Chamberlain, Erwina Couse BUTTON HERITAGE (Revised). Faulkner Printing. 1976. ASIN: B001KURG60 Hardcover. 247 pages. This book has been compiled chiefly for the help of the “beginning collector” who has had so much difficulty in obtaining a satisfactory reference book.” Numerous photographic plates of buttons, arranged thematically.
Buttons, Historic Osborne, Peggy Ann ABOUT BUTTONS, A COLLECTOR’S GUIDE 150 A.D. TO THE PRESENT.   Schiffer Publishing Ltd., Atglen PA. 1994. ISBN 978-0887405556 Hardcover. 320 pages. The book presents over 10,000 buttons of all imaginable materials from 150 AD to the present in full color and relates their history and development around the world
Buttons, Historic Peacock, Primrose & Aylesbury, Buck DISCOVERING OLD BUTTONS. Shire. 1999. 2009.   ISBN: 978-0852634455 Paperback. 76 pages. This book outlines button history and describes the types of buttons that the average collector is most likely to encounter. With illustrations of a large range of button designs.
Buttons, Historic Swenson, Evelyn PICTURE BUTTONS OF THE PAST. The New England Publishing Co., Stratford CT. 1978 Hardcover. 47 pages.
Buttons, Historic Wagner INDEX OF 18TH CENTURY BUTTONS. Blue Spruce Club. 1980.
Buttons, Historic Wegener, Helen PHOTOGRAPHIC REPRODUCTIONS OF ANTIQUE BUTTONS. 1941. ASIN: B0007HDP7G 115 pages.
Buttons, Historic Zacharie, Florence BUTTON HANDBOOK. New Leaf Publishers, Sedgwick ME. 1994 Reprinted. A well-illustrated reference guide to button collecting, with updated supplements released subsequently covering more material.
Buttons, Historic Zacharie, Florence & Nicholls, Ellis BUTTON HANDBOOK. Four volume set. First volume: Comparative Values and Serial Numbers. Art Craft of Ithica. 1943. Hardcover. 128 pages. Comparative values, checklist of about 1150 buttons including 36 collector’s items in full color plates, a plate of Wedgewood in blue, transfers in pink, and halftone plates, enamels classified by Grace Ford, paper weights by Blanche Pendleton, and toles by Agnes Le Sasscier, each button has its distinct serial number. Supplements 50, 79, 83 pages.
Buttons, Historic Zacharie, Florence & Nicholls, Ellis BUTTON HANDBOOK. Supplement I. Art Craft of Ithica. 1944. Hardcover. 32 pages. A well-illustrated reference guide to button collecting, with updated supplements released subsequently covering more material.
Buttons, Historic Zacharie, Florence & Nicholls, Ellis BUTTON HANDBOOK. Supplement II and Index. Art Craft of Ithica. 1945. Hardcover. 51 pages. A well-illustrated reference guide to button collecting, with updated supplements released subsequently covering more material.
Buttons, Historic Zacharie, Florence & Nicholls, Ellis BUTTON HANDBOOK. Supplement III. Art Craft of Ithica. 1949. Hardcover. 79 pages. A well-illustrated reference guide to button collecting, with updated supplements released subsequently covering more material.
Buttons, Historic Egyptian Petrie, Sir W.M. Flinders BUTTONS AND DESIGN SCARABS ILLUSTRATED BY THE EGYPTIAN COLLECTION IN UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, LONDON. British School of Archaeology in Egypt. 1925. Reprinted 1974. ISBN: 0913484024 Hardcover. 35 pages of excavations and 30 black and white plates and charts.
Buttons, Spanish Ortega, Elpidio LA CAPILLA DEL ROSARIO Y LOS BOTONES DEL PERIOD REPUBLICANO (The Chapel of the Rosary and the Buttons of the Republican Period). Santa Domingo, Republica Dominicana. 1992. SPANISH.
Buttons, Studios Babington, Edna M., Editor BABINGTON’S BUTTONS. 1973. Catalog and price list for Kate Greenaway and flower fairy designs in watch crystal buttons, scrimshaw and ivory carvings, and original jasperware buttons and plaques as crafted by Babington; short history of the button.
Catalog James Groves & Sons BUTTONS & SEW ON–MARKING THE CENTENARY OF JAMES GROVE & SONS LTD. 1957. British btton manufacturer producing horn, shell, polyester, nylon and casein buttons. They ceased independent operations in 2012, but their products are still available. JamesGrove
Celluloid Walker, Monica ITS ALL ABOUT CELLULOID BUTTONS. Spiral bound softcover. 28 pages. Beautiful color illusrations. Backgrounds, backs, definitions of types. Decorative finishes, shapes, teqhniques, and each of the categories in the button collecting classificaton.
Ceramics Powell, Harold POTTERY AND MOSAICS. Blandford. 1965. ISBN: 978-0713703719 Hardcover. 96 pages. Pottery construction, tiles and use, mural designs, buildings, etc.
Ceramics, Porcelain Godden, Geoffrey A. ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF BRITISH POTTERY AND PORCELAIN MARKS. Hutchinson. 2nd Edition. 1991. ISBN: 978-0257657820 Hardcover and paperback. 766 pages.
Ceramics, Porcelain Hamm, Dorothy JEWELRY AND BUTTONS PAINTED PROCELAIN IDENTIFICATION AND VALUE GUIDE. Paperback. 128 pages. All in color. Motifs and styles. Includes studs, pins, hot pins, shirt waist buttons.
Ceramics, Porcelain Kamm, Dorothy PAINTED PORCELAIN JEWELRY AND BUTTONS. Collector Books. 2001.   ISBN: 978-1574322668 Paperback. 128 pages. Almost 350 photos represent numerous categories: pins and pendants, brooches, watch chatelaines and fobs, hatpins, buttons and cuff links, shirt waist buttons, and dress sets. Information on how the jewelry was worn, as well as what trends influenced design in form and decoration, is provided. 2001 values.
Ceramics, Wedgewood Albert, Lillian Smith & Adams, Jane Ford, NBS WEDGEWOOD BUTTONS 1752-1963. National Button Society. 1964. paperback. 22 pages.
Chinas Adams, George E. STENCILS–A CHINA stencil check list. Delmo press. 1944. ASIN: B0007HZW4U Paperback.
Chinas Buirkle, Lillian & Fraser, Marjorie THE MARIE SNOUFFER CHINA BUTTONS. Michigan Button Society. China buttons known as “Snouffers,”  named after their intial owner Marie Snouffer, who purchased 300 loose buttons in 1991 at a garage sale for a very small price. This booklet details the purchase and includes photos and descriptions of each of the 109 unique buttons retained by Marie.  Duplicates were sold to collectors.  The booklet may be ordered from the Michigan Button Society for $5.
Chinas Lamm, Ruth & B. Lorah, L. Lorah, Schuller, Albert, , and Adams GUIDELINES FOR COLLECTING CHINA BUTTONS: ESSENTIAL DATA CONCERNING CHINA BUTTONS. National Button Society. 1970 Hardback. 151 pages. The primary sourcebook for china button collectors is the book. China collectors refer to this book simply as the Guidelines. Black and white.
Chinas, Calico Morgan, Wilfred B. CALICO BUTTONS. THREE PAMPHLETS.Author published. 1939 AND 1940. Catalogued and drawne 327 listed calico patterns. These three booklets can be seen in full and downloaded at
Collecting Adams, Jane Ford ALL ABOUT BUTTONS 1762-1980, A BIBLIOGRAPHY. J.F.Adams. 1981. ASIN: B007FBPG74 Paperback. A descriptive and annotated bibliography of publications containing information about the making, wearing, and collecting of buttons
Collecting Adams, Jane Ford & Albert, Lillian Smith THE BUTTON SAMPLER. Gramercy Pub. Co. 1951. ASIN: B0007DTEIV Hardcover. 143 pages. Full book scan at, look in the catalog record for the book scan.Metal, bone, wood, enamel, mosaic, or pearl buttons; flowers, fruit, or butterfly types, portraits or figures, political, historic, or sports subjects, uniform buttons, or salesman’s samples.
Collecting Albert, Lillian Smith BUTTON COLLECTOR’S JOURNAL. ASIN: B0006AP7SY1941. Hardcover. 111 pages. Black and white illustrations. At the, the entire book is scanned on the website.;view=1up;seq=124
Collecting Albert, Lillian Smith BUTTON COLLECTOR’S SECOND JOURNAL. Cook Printers, Yardley PA. 1941.
Collecting Albert, Lillian Smith & Kent, Kathryn THE COMPLETE BUTTON BOOK. Doubleday, Garden City NY. 1949 Hardcopy. 409 pages. Searchable scan at, look in the catalog record for the book scan.
Collecting Burkheimer, Harriet THROUGH THE BUTTON HOLE. 1973. ASIN: B000GRONPU Paperback, spiral bound. 50 pages.
Collecting Cassidy, Ethel B. LITTLE BUTTONS. Wellington Printing Co., Wellington OH. 1943 43 pages. Notes on 170 button materials.
Collecting Chamberlin, Erwina & Miner, Minerva BUTTON HERITAGE. Faulkner Faulkner Printing, Sherburne NY. 1976 (Revised from 1967.) ASIN: B001KURG60 Hardcover. 247 pages. This book has been compiled chiefly for the help of the “beginning collector” who has had so much difficulty in obtaining a satisfactory reference book.” Numerous photographic plates of buttons, arranged thematically,
Collecting Crummett, Polly deSteiguer BUTTON COLLECTING. Chicago. 1939. The FIRST book written about button collecting.
Collecting Crummett, Polly deSteiguer, Olson, Nichols & Albert BUTTON COLLECTING. Lightner Pub. Co. Chicago. 1939. ASIN: B00085MLM2 Hardcover. 157 pages. Button manufacture, use on costumes, and collectible types.
Collecting Cuddeford, Michael J., Meredith, Alan & Gillian IDENTIFYING BUTTONS. Mount Publications. 1997.   ISBN 978-1900571029 Paperback. 44 pages. 2 color pages; rest in black and white.
Collecting Epstein, Diana THE COLLECTOR’S GUIDE TO BUTTONS. Walker & Co. 1990. First Edition. Paperback. 84 pages. Overview of the world of button collecting. The pictures used are good representations of the buttons covered.
Collecting Fields, Pat & Fields, David DATING 20TH CENTURY BUTTONS. 2003.
Collecting Fink, Nancy & Ditzler, Maryalice BUTTONS. THE COLLECTOR’S GUIDE TO SELECTING, RESTORING, AND ENJOYING NEW AND VINTAGE BUTTONS. Courage Books, Philadelphia PA. 1993 ISBN: 978-1561382156 Hardcover. 80 pages. Shows and describes fabric, metal, glass, ceramic, enamel, plastic, and uniform buttons, and looks at the history of buttons
Collecting Gorski, Jill WARMAN’S BUTTONS FIELD GUIDE: VALUES AND IDENTIFICATION. Krause Publications. 2009 ISBN: 978-1440221552 Paperback. 512 pages. Showcases antique glass, ceramic, and plastic buttons, and provides a description and price for each button pictured.
Collecting Houart, Victor BUTTONS: A COLLECTORS GUIDE. Souvenir Press. 1977. 1985. 978-0285627352 Hardcover. 128 pages. Black and white.
Collecting Jackson, Sandra THE SCRIVENER’S BUTTON CABINET: A TWENTIETH CENTURY CLOTHING BUTTON COLLECTION. AuthorHouse, Bloomington IN. 2009. ISBN: 978-1434381940 160 pages.
Collecting Llewelyn, Sylvia OLD BUTTONS. Tandem Graphics Sudio. 2011. ISBN: 978-6155194016 Paperback. The best new book about rare buttons for antiques collectors since the 1970s. Fully illustrated with life-size photographs. The author has 20 years experience as an antiques valuer and specialises in trading old buttons.
Collecting McClinton, Katherine Morrison A HANDBOOK OF POPULAR ANTIQUES. Bonanza Books. 1946. ASIN B0023X65TW Hardcover. 244 pages. Collectors of antiques will enjoy the over 200 photos of items collectible in the 1940’s.
Collecting Meredith, Alan & Meredith, Gillian BUTTONS. Shire Publications. 2008. ISBN: 978-0747804666 40 pages with 75 colour and 22 black and white illustrations. Buttons have been made from almost every known material and by every manufacturing technique. Their study provides insight into fashion trends, the clothing industry and social history in general. This book introduces the wonderful array of these treasures from the past, to show the variety of materials and the intricate design and workmanship incorporated in making the humble button. Military and civilian uniform buttons are not included. Alan and Gillian Meredith have been button collectors for over thirty years, undertaking much original research and writing articles for leading antiques magazines, as well as appearing on television and radio. They owned and ran the first and only button museum in Great Britain, creating a focus for those interested in the history, design and manufacture of buttons, as well as introducing a fascinating subject to the general public.
Collecting Meredith, Alan & Meredith, Gillian & Cuddeford, Michael J. IDENTIFYING BUTTONS. Shire Publications. 2008. ISBN 978-0747804666 Paperback. 40 pages. Insight into fashion trends, the clothing industry and social history. The wonderful array of button treasures from the past,shows the variety of materials and the intricate design and workmanship.
Collecting Peacock, Primrose ANTIQUE BUTTONS–THEIR HISTORY & HOW TO COLLECT THEM. Drake Publishers Inc. NYC NY. 1972. ISBN 9780877492351 128 pages.
Collecting Peacock, Primrose BUTTONS FOR THE COLLECTOR. David & Charles. 1972. ISBN: 978-0715352618 Hardcover. 128 pages.
Collecting Roberts, Catherine & McKay, David WHO’S GOT THE BUTTON? OLD AND NEW ANGLES TO BUTTON COLLECTING. NYC NY. 1962.
Collecting Squire, Gwen BUTTONS, A GUIDE FOR COLLECTORS. Frederick Muller, TBS The Book Service, Ltd. 1972. ISBN: 978-0584100358 Hardcover. 228 pages.
Collecting Tice, Warren K. GUIDE TO BUTTON PRICES AND DETECTING FAKE OR REPRO BUTTONS. 2000.   ASIN B0006S0A1A Softcover. 55 pages. 67 black and white pictures.
Collecting Villiard, Paul COLLECTING THINGS. Doubleday. 1975. ISBN: 978-0385070546 Hardcover. 128 pages. Author is obviously a collector himself. Collecting such things as cigar bands, bottles, keys, buttons, posters, campaign buttons, spoons, toy soldiers, more. Interesting photos. Describes the many unusual things that people collect and gives, wherever possible, the history of each particular collection.
Collecting Vocelle, Kay INTRODUCTION TO BUTTON COLLECTING. Author published. 2002. 91 pages.
Collecting Wisniewski, Debra J. ANTIQUE AND COLLECTIBLE BUTTONS–IDENTIFICATION AND VALUES.   Collector Books, Paducah KY. 1997   ISBN 978-0891457114 Hardcover, 168 pages. Thousands of buttons are featured in over 300 color plates, representing the vast variety available.
Collecting Wisniewski, Debra J. ANTIQUE AND COLLECTIBLE BUTTONS–IDENTIFICATION AND VALUES. VOLUME 2.   Collector Books, Paducah KY. 2001. ISBN: 978-1574322422 Hardcover, 254 pages. Thousands of buttons are featured in over 400 color photographs. No repeats from the first book. Complete descriptions, dates, and current values. This unique button book showcases all types of materials such as glass, enamel, brass, plastic, rhinestone, wood, and shell, as well as the amazing pictorials of birds, dogs, cats, insects, people, mythology, and more.
Collecting, Misc. Lockie, Ellaraine ALL BECAUSE OF A BUTTON–FOLKLORE, FACT AND FICTION. St. Johann Press. 2000. ISBN 978-1878282200 Hardcover. 213 pages. Buttons have been made out of blood, insects, gold-filled teeth, milk, beer and tiger’s toenails? Fascinating facts about buttons, button people, and button collecting.
Collecting, Youth Schull, Thelma THE BUTTON STRING. Lightner Publishing, Chicago IL. 1942. 71 pages. Good for beginning collectors. Over 3,000 buttons illustrated, a daily button lesson opposite a page of verse, helps teach children much of the past as reflected in buttons, story told in rhyme of a little girl and boy who found a string of old buttons in the attic, many pages of information about the different materials from which buttons are made, hardbound, large type, every page of rhymes is surrounded by a different border of buttons, large, clear photographs of many specialized types, 9×12″,
Costume Baumgarten, Linda EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY CLOTHING AT WILLIAMSBURG (Williamsburg Decorative Arts Series). 1986. Paperback. 79 pages. Antique clothing worn by men, women, and children in the eighteenth century offers a revealing glimpse into the lives of colonial Virginians. Accessories such as aprons, gloves, hats, handkerchiefs, fans, shoes, stockings, and undergarments are also illustrated. 48 color photographs; 64 black-and-white photographs
Costume Binder, Pearl THE PEARLIES: A SOCIAL RECORD. Jupiter Books Inc., London. 1975. ISBN: 978-0904041187 Hardcover. 160 pages. Illustrated account of East End Street traders who decorated their clothes with pearl buttons. A social history of The Pearlies, a phenomenon that evolved out of the bustling and violent street- life in londons east end over the last three hundred years. Known as costers, these street-traders, who, against a background of squalor and poverty, developed customs, traditions, even an argot uniquely their own, including the fashion of decorating clothes with rows of bright pearl buttons. The Pearlies became a focal point of working-class life, symbolizing the poor’s concern with mutual aid and improvement.
Costume Brooke, Iris ENGLISH CHILDREN’S COSTUME 1775-1920. Goodale Press. Republished 2011.   IBSN 978- Hardcover and paperback. 88 pages. A classic. An engaging book that records changes in dress with life style illustrations.
Costume Costume Society of America COSTUME SOCIETY OF AMERICA: DRESS. VOLUME 14. 1988. Annual journal, chasuble, liturgical vestments in the church, buckles and buttons, scalping knives and silk stockings, men’s influence on American dress for sport and physical ed, function, fashion and convention in riding costumes.
Costume Cunnington, C. Willett & Phyllis HANDBOOK OF ENGLISH COSTUME IN THE 18TH CENTURY. Plays Inc., Boston MA. 1972. ISBN: 978-0823801282 Hardcover. 443 pages.
Costume Cunnington, C.W. & P.R. A DICTIONARY OF ENGLISH COSTUME 900-1900. A&C Black Pub. Ltd. 1960. ISBN: 978-0713603705 Hardcover. 289 pages.
Costume Klinger, Robert L. SKETCH BOOK, A COLLECTION OF NOTES AND SKETCHES ON WOMEN’S DRESS N AMERICA 1774-1783. Pioneer Press. 1974. ASIN B001V7IMZG Softwover. 61 pages. Sketches and notes are based on specimens of womens clothing and accessories worn in the last half of the 18th century. Contemporary writings, drawings and paintings were also used as a basis for details.
Costume Leiscsh, Juanita WHO WORE WHAT: WOMEN’S WEAR 1861-1865. Thomas Pubns. 1995. ISBN 978-0939631810 Hardcover. 128 pages. Great descriptions and period photos detailing Women’s clothing in the 1860’s. What was worn, by whom, and in what combinations. With more than 300 photographs, invaluable information on the dress styles and designs of women’s clothing and accessories in the 19th century.
Costume Picken, Mary A DICTIONARY OF COSTUME AND FASHION: HISTORIC AND MODERN. (Unabridged Dover Books republication of The Fashion Dictionary. ISBN: 0486402940 Hardcover. 434 pages. Mary Picken wrote 96 books on needlework, sewing and textile arts.
Costume Picken, Mary THE FASHON DICTIONARY. Funk & Wagnalls. 1957. ISBN: 978-0308100527. Republished in 1999. Hardcover. 434 pages. Mary Picken wrote 96 books on needlework, sewing and textile arts.
Costume Severa, Joan L., Rexford and Kidwell DRESSED FOR THE PHOTOGRAPHER: ORDINARY AMERICANS AND FASHION, 1840-1900. Kent State University Press. 1995. ISBN: 978-0873385121 Hard cover. 614 pages, 242 photographs. In Dressed for the Photographer, Joan Severa gives a visual analysis of the dress of middle-class Americans from the mid-to-late 19th century. Using images and writings, she shows how even economically disadvantaged Americans could wear styles within a year or so of current fashion.   This desire for fashion equality demonstrates that the possession of culture was more important than wealth or position in the community.
Creative Barickman, Amy BUTTON{WARE}. Indygo Junction. 2008. ISBN: 978-0975491843 Paperback. 80 pages. 90 photos and 33 projects with variations. Wearable designs using vintage and new buttons.
Creative Beal, Susan BUTTON IT UP: 80 AMAZING VINTAGE BUTTON PROJECTS FOR NECKLACES, BRACELETS, EMBELLISHMENTS, HOUSEWARES, AND MORE. Taunton Press. 2009.   ISBN: 978-1600850738 Paperback. 176 pages.   80 fashionable projects including bold and beautiful pendants, rings, bracelets, necklaces, brooches, earrings,   button hair clips, button wine glass charms, button wreaths, button-embellished T-shirts.
Creative Beal, Susan BUTTON JEWELRY: 15 EASY NECKLACES, BRACELETS & EARRINGS (Threads Selects). Taunton Press. 2014.   ISBN: 978-1627107808 Paperback. 32 pages. Perfect for beginning crafters. Clear, simple instructions, step by step.
Creative Beal, Susan CROCHET BUTTON JEWELRY. Suzanne McNeil Design Originals. 1994. Paperback. 23 pages. Patterns and clear instructions for 25 projects.
Creative Beaman, Sarah THE BUTTON MAKER: 30 GREAT TECHNIUES AND 35 STYLISH PROJECTS. Collins & Brown. 2006. ISBN: 978-1843402770 Hardcover. 128 pages. For anyone who enjoys finding the fun in the everyday, Sarah Beaman’s delightful new compendium of button making techniques is a treasure trove of inspiration. Using a diverse array of materials–from clay and fabric to wood and shells–Beaman teaches readers how to produce buttons that transcend their function to become works of art. Turn off-the-rack shirts into personalized fashion statements, or add the perfect adornment to a handcrafted purse. Hundreds of illustrations guide the reader through the various techniques, with over 30 projects focusing on different materials and effects. Whether creating ladybug buttons from clay or colorful spotted fasteners from felt, Beaman makes button making easy, and ensures that no buttonhole need go unadorned again.
Creative Casebolt, Florence BUTTON GARDENS AND DIMINIUTIVE ARRANGEMENTS. Button Garden Studio. Second Printing. 1952. B00EMT3ETE Hardcover.
Creative Casebolt, Florence Waye BUTTON GARDENS AND HOW TO MAKE THEM. 1945 BOOKLET
Creative Cassidy, Ethel B. BUTTON MOUNTING HAND BOOK, CASCARDS. 1951. Paperback. 30 pages. Recommended sizes and machine-punched button mounting card templates.
Creative Cusick, Dawn THE BUTTON CRAFT BOOK. Lark Books. 1995. ISBN: 978-0806931975 Hardcover. 128 pages. Many illustrations. Interesting and fun collection of buttons, their uses, and their art. For button enthusiasts and those merely interested in flipping through a few pages to pass the time.
Creative Davis, Susan BEAUTIFUL BUTTON JEWELRY. Sterling/Chapelle. 2006. ISBN: 978-1402726446 Hardcover. 144 pages. Not a beginner level. Many buttons showcased–great illustrations of a number of projects. .
Creative Davis, Susan BEAUTIFUL BUTTON JEWELRY: 60 EASY HEIRLOOM TREASURES. Lark Crafts. 2010. ISBN 978-1600595592 Paperback. 144 pages. Turn vintage-style buttons into gorgeous jewelry. The sophisticated and elegant projects use metal, black glass, pearl, bakelite, and celluloid. A little history and anecdotal description of each style.
Creative Green, Marilyn THE BUTTON LOVER’S BOOK–SEWING, COLLECTING, CARE, BUTTON BOXES, GAMES, ART. Chilton Book Co., Radnor PA 1991. ISBN: 978-0801980107 Paperback. 192 pages. Discusses button lore and explains how to start collecting buttons, make buttons, and use them on garments, for jewelry, and in simple toys and games.
Creative Hunt, Megan FABRIC BLOOMS: 42 FLOWERS TO MAKE, WEAR & ADORN YOUR LIFE. Lark Crafts. 2014. ISBN 978-1454708028 Paperback. 128 pages. Flowers are a perennial favorite among crafters—especially when they’re quick to create, and made with felt, pretty fabrics, and eye-catching stitched embellishments. These 42 floral projects
Creative Mercer, Marrianne BUTTON JEWELLERY (TWENTY TO MAKE). Search Press. 2011. ISBN 978-1844486540 Paperback. 48 pages. Using all kinds of buttons and simple techniques. Clear advice on tools & materials, step by step instructions and detailed photographs, and diagrams facilitate beginning crafters.
Creative Moody, Jo BEADS BUTTONS AND BOWS: EASY-TO-MAKE PROJECTS TO GIVE AND TREASURE. Book Sales. 1997. ISBN: 978-0785807933 Hardcover. creative ideas for using embellishments on your clothes and in your home. decorate everything from vests, bags, and hats to picture frames, greetings cards, tassels, tiebacks, and trimmings.
Creative Moody, Jo BUTTONS (KEEPSAKE CRAFTS). Sunset Pub. Co. 1994. Paperback. 63 pages. This is part of a new series of books packed with easy-to make projects which are illustrated throughout and filled with inspiring and practical ideas for all craftspeople. Many of us have a button box full of attractive buttons which never get diplayed or used. This book shows readers how to make stunning brooches, bracelets, earrings and necklaces from these buttons. There are also ideas for using buttons to decorate and personalize jackets, jumpers, shirts, hats, shoes and socks, as well as tips on using them to great effect on quilts, cloth dolls and gifts such as picture frames. Included are projects for making your own buttons.
Creative Nehring, Nancy 50 HEIRLOOM BUTTONS TO MAKE. Taunton Press. 1996 ISBN: 1-561581461 Paperback. 128 pages. Create from this gallery of decorative fabric, needle lace, crochet, ribbon, and braid closures. This extensive collection of beautiful buttons and closures can easily be made without special equipment. Includes delicate needle lace buttons, elegant frog closures, Victorian crocheted buttons, braid, fabric, ribbon buttons, and more.
Creative Newsome, Arden J. BUTTON COLLECTING AND CRAFTING. Lothrop, Lee & Shephard Co. NYC NY. 1976. ISBN 978-0688417420 Hardcover. 96 pages. A guide to collecting, displaying, and making buttons and using them to decorate toys, jewelry, clothing, and other items.
Creative Parnes, Tair BUTTON JEWELRY & ACCESSORIES: 22 UNIQUE PROJECTS. Creative Publishing Intl. 2006. ISBN 978-1589232778 Paperback. 112 pages. Unique necklaces, rings, accessories, and home decorations. Twenty original projects combine buttons of all shapes and sizes with beads or fabric. The projects have easy step-by-step instructions with photography.
Creative Rheingold, Judith Maas THE GIFT BUTTON: FASHION BUTTONS INTO GORGEOUS GIFTS AND WEARABLE ART. Sterling Publishing Co. 1993. ISBN: 978-0688118228 Hardcover. 47 pages.
Creative Rodway, Edith A & Odams, Nancy M. BUTTON MOUNTS. 1957. 20 pages. Mounting ideas and patterns for button display.
Creative Sterbenz, Carol Endler GREAT IDEAS FOR BUTTONS, BEADS, RIBBONS AND LACE. Friedman Group. 1993. ISBN: 978-1567990331 Hardcover. 72 pages. A rich variety of easy-to-make projects designed to enhance any wardrobe presents full-color, detailed instructions on how to use buttons, beads, lace, and ribbons to add elegance and pizzazz to old clothing.
Creative Taylor, Terry BUTTON! BUTTON! 50 CUTE & CRAFTY PROJECTS. Lark Books. 2008.   ISBN 978-1600591457 Paperback. 132 pages.   “Button up” a lampshade or brooch. Clean photography showcases the projects—and amusing tidbits include button museums and the self-proclaimed Button King.
Creative Vinten, Alice MAD ABOUT BUTTONS: FIFTY CREATIVE CRAFT PROJECTS USING BUTTONS. New Holland Publishers. 2016. ISBN 978-1742578255 Paperback. 192 pages. Simple kids projects, gifts, wall art, impressive home accessories for the craft enthusiast. Offers a calming and therapeutic pastime with wonderful decorative results.
Creative Whittemore, Joyce THE BOOK OF BUTTONS—A PRACTICAL AND CREATIVE GUIDE TO THE DECORATIVE USE OF BUTTONS. Dorling Kindersley Publishing, NYC NY. 1992. ISBN: 978-0789416551 Hardcover and paperback. 80 pages. A practical and creative guide to fashion explains how to use buttons for dramatic impact on all types of clothing and provides a catalog of different types of buttons, including antique, designer, jeweled, novelty, etc.
Creative Withers, Sara BUTTON JEWELRY: OVER 25 ORIGINAL DESIGNS FOR NECKLACES, EARRINGS, BRACELETS AND MORE. North Light Books. 2006. ISBN: 978-1581809145 Paperback. 128 pages. Step-by-step and variations on designs. Methods range from simple gluing and threading to sophisticated wiring techniques. Antique, mother-of pearl, plastic or metal–gorgeous buttons just cry out to be made into unique, one-off pieces of jewelry. Buttons can be combined with all kinds of beads and pearls to create a wide range of original pieces from necklaces and earrings to bracelets and barrettes.
Creative, Youth Bucken, Hajo BUTTON BUTTON, WHO’S GOT THE BUTTON: 101 BUTTON GAMES. Floris Books. 1995. ISBN: 978-086 Paperback. 88 pages. Buttons are easy to find, fun to collect, and they can provide the family with lots of games to play. The author takes a light-hearted look at a hundred and one games from the very easy to the more challenging. They range from simple guessing games, games using boards or table-tops, to games of imagination, wit and creativity.
Designers Just, Judith LEA STEIN JEWELRY. Schiffer Publishing. 2001. ISBN: 0764313819. Hard cover. 160 pages. The most notable and innovative designer of plastic jewelry of the 20th century. Sculptured laminated celluloid in many novel combinations of textures, colors, and designs resulted in her whimsical and colorful world of original animals, people, and geometric delights. Includes bracelets, pins, necklaces, combs, picture frames, boxes, buttons, and accessories. Beautiful color pictures and captions identify the pieces, dates, and value ranges.
Ethnic, NW Indian Woodward, Arthur INDIAN TRADE GOODS. Metropolitan Press for the Oregon Archaeological Society, Portland OR. 1965. ASIN: B0007E3VBE 38 pages. A rich source of information on the kinds of trade goods that were used in exchange with Indians of the Pacific Northwest, and the way natives adapted these to their own uses. Includes a supplement on Phoenix buttons and Columbia River trade beads by Emory Strong , author of the book Stone Age on the Columbia River.
Ethnic, SW Indian Frank, Larry INDIAN JEWELRY OF THE SOUTHWEST: 1868-1930. Schiffer Publishers Ltd. 1997. ISBN: 978-0887402265 Paperback. 224 pages. Color, black and white illustrated throughout; mostly jewelry; bracelets, bridles, buttons, chests, conchas and belt buckles, hair ornaments, Ketohs and Bowguards, necklaces and najas, rings, pouches, witch sticks, many others.
Fables California State Button Society FABLES. 1960.
Fables Nicholson, Geraldine E. FLOWER FABLES. Mid America Pub. 1950. ASIN: B00U2XGDQ0 Paperback.
Fiction Clark, Howard THE MILL ON MAD RIVER. Little Brown & Co. Boston MA. 1948. Novel based on the button industry in Waterbury, CT, in the early years of the 19th Century.
Fiction Jennings, Elizabeth THE BUTTON COLLECTOR. Page Spring Publishing. 2013. ISBN 978-1939403087 Paperback. …..On a gray day at a gritty flea market, Caroline stumbles upon an unlikely treasure—jars and jars of buttons in a dazzling kaleidoscope of colors. She is reminded of something she has made herself forget—she too has a jar of buttons, an inheritance from her mother, which Caroline has put on the back of a shelf, out of sight, out of mind, out of her life
Fiction Richards, Alan THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF BENJAMIN SANDERS, BUTTONMAKER OF BROMSGROVE. The Bromsgrove Society. 1984. ISBN: 978-0950947129 Soft cover. 80 pages.
Fiction, Romance Sky, Penelope Buttons & Lace. Buttons & Pain. Buttons & Hate. Buttons & Shame. Buttons & Blame. Buttons & Grace. Shameless flaming romance with buttons on the book covers.
Fiction, Youth Acorsi, Wiliam 10 BUTTON BOOK. Workman Publishing Co. 1999. Board book. 22 pages. Little kids love to count. Little kids love counting books, too. And little kids also love manipulatives- tactile objects disguised as educational tools that are pleasing to the touch and a joy to play with. Now add them together, and the result is the all-but irresistible 10 Button Book.
Fiction, Youth Dockweiler, Sharon NO BUTTONS FOR SUZY COW. Sharon’s Small Press. 1999. ISBN 978-1929453009 Paperback. 32 pages. “A cow dressed with snaps? How completely absurd! I looked up at Mama, then without a word, I dropped Suzy Cow, and I went out to play.” The language and rhythm will draw you in, and the imagination and strength of the characters will keep you.
Fiction, Youth McGill, Marci BRENDA’S BUTTONS. Waldman. 1991. ASIN B0006RPWHS Hardcover. 27 pages. Children’s book. Brenda Bear finds creative uses for her large button collection and makes peace with her sister Betty after Betty announces that the collection has gotten out of hand.
Fiction, Youth Reid Margarette S. THE BUTTON BOX. Puffin Unicorn Books, NY. 1995. 24 pages. An imaginative little boy explores the many pleasures that can be found in–and made from–his grandmother’s button box.
Fiction, Youth Reiss, Elayne & Friedman, Rita A BUTTONMAT FOR BEAUTIFUL BUTTONS. 1969. ISBN: 978-0897969222 Hardcover. Bingo Bunny creates the first buttonmat in order to make the job of beautifying buttons easier for Mr. B
Glass Hoppe, Kathryn P. BUTTONS BEYOND THE GLASS CURTAIN. 2001. Spiral bound. 91 pages.
Glass Hoppe, Kathy MOONGLOWS, PAST AND PRSENT–1930’S TO 2001. 2001.
Glass Jargstof, Sibylle BAUBLES, BUTTONS AND BEADS. THE HERITAGE OF BOHEMIA. Schiffer Publishing Ltd. 1997. ISBN 978-0887404672 Paperback. 176 pages. For 500 years, the world’s greatest makers of costume jewelry have hidden, anonymous, in the heart of Europe: Gablonz, Bohemia. This groundbreaking, beautiful book exposes the jewels, craftsmanship, technological development, and history of Bohemia. Almost 400 gorgeous color photographs
Glass Weingarten, Lucille & Speights, M.W. MODERN WEST GERMAN GLASS BUTTONS. National Button Society. 2002. ASIN: B0006S2824 Spiral bound. 92 pages.
Glass, Black Adams, Jane Ford & Alberts, Lillian Smith. National Button Society CLASSIFICATION OF BLACK GLASS BUTTONS. Sullivan Litho Graphics, Wichita KS. 1987
Glass, Black Clark, Ruth Miller A CARNIVAL OF IRIDESCENT LUSTER BUTTONS, BOOK II. Stillhouse Hollow Publishers; Temple TX. 1992. Spiral bound. 139 pages.
Glass, Black Clark, Ruth Miller A CARNIVAL OF IRIDESCENT LUSTER BUTTONS, BOOK III. Stillhouse Hollow Publishers; Temple TX. 1992.
Glass, Black Clark, Ruth Miller A CARNIVAL OF IRIDESCENT LUSTER BUTTONS. Stillhouse Hollow Publishers; Temple TX. 1986 Spiral bound. 147 pages. Hand drawings great for identifying black glass and iridescent buttons.
Glass, Black Jones, Nora Owen & Fuoss, Edith BLACK GLASS BUTTONS. Univeristy Lithoprinters, Ypsilanti MI. 1945, 1948. 144 pages.
Glass, Black Lindsay, Joan & Kincaid, Simone BLACK GLASS BUTTONS. National Button Society. 2015. ISBN 978 0996375405 Spiral bound. 64 pages. This handbook is a pictorial guide to help button collectors identify and categorize black glass buttons according to the National Button Society Classification. A short history of black glass is included to put the centuries between the discovery of glass and the creation of black glass buttons in perspective.
Glass, Black Smith, Caroline & Fuoss, Edith BLACK GLASS BUTTONS. Reprint. 1952
Glass, Black Smith, Caroline & Fuoss, Edith E. BLACK GLASS BUTTONS, RETURN ENGAGEMENT OF. University Lithoprinters, Ypsilanti MI. 1952 Hardcopy. 144 pages. Drawings by Herbert Cassidy and photography by Wesley Goodale.
Glass, Black Smith, Caroline & Fuoss, Edith E. RETURN ENGAGEMENT OF BLACK GLASS BUTTONS. (Combined with the original publication.) New Leaf Publishers, Sedgwick ME. 1994
Glass, Black Smith, Caroline & Fuoss, Edith E. RETURN ENGAGEMENT OF BLACK GLASS BUTTONS. University Lithoprinters, Ypsilanti MI. 1952. ASIN: B000M1K3P4 Spiral bound. 144 PAGES.
Glass, Clear/Colored Adams, Jane F. & Longo, Jean COMPLETE CLASSIFICATION OF CLEAR, COLORED GLASS BUTTONS. National Button Society. Third Revision 2002.
Glass, Clear/Colored Adams, Jane Ford & Alberts, Lillian Smith. National Button Society CLASSIFICATION OF CLEAR AND COLORED GLASS BUTTONS (Revised Edition). National Button Society. Boyertown Publishing Co. 1969. ASIN: B00KOIB9J4 Paperback.
Glass, Clear/Colored Ryan, Helen L. COMPLETE CLASSIFICATION OF CLEAR, COLORED GLASS BUTTONS (REVISED 1986).   Planks Press, Camp Hill PA. Original printing 1969.
Goofies Packard, E. GOOFIES: BOOK 2. Tacoma WA. 1953 Paperback. Sets and non-set realistics.
Goofies Packard, E. GOOFIES: BOOK 3. Tacoma WA. 1957 Paperback. Sets and non-set realistics.
Goofies Packard, Eunice GOOFIES: BOOK 1. Tacoma WA. 1951 Paperback. 39 pages. Sets and non-set realistics.
Greenaway Tarbox, Alice T. THE MAGIC LAND OF KATE GREENAWAY. Just Buttons, Southington CT. 1968 64 pages.
Heraldry Quarto Publishing HERALDRY UNDERSTANDING SIGNS AND SYMBOLS. Quarto. 2013. ISBN 978-0785829669 Spiral bound. 224 pages. Explore the complex imagery and fascinating history of heraldry. An accessible and absorbing guide to decoding the medieval mysteries of heraldry, supported by bold illustrations.
Heraldry Slater, Stephen THE ILUSTRATED BOOK OF HERALDRY: AN INTERNATIONAL HISTORY OF HERALDRY AND ITS CONTEMPORARY USES. 2013.   ISBN 978-0754826590 Hardcover. 256 pages. Examines the history of heraldry from medieval tournaments to modern applications around the world, and offers a detailed and easily understood explanation of the language of heraldry. Lavishly illustrated throughout including fascinating archive material and 700 specially commissioned artworks.
Heraldry Woodcock & Robinson OXFORD GUIDE TO HERALDRY. Oxford Press. 1990. ISBN: 978-0192116581 Hardcover and Paperback. 288 pages. Beautifully illustrated. The first guide to heraldry written by Officers of Arms with full access to the College of Arms Library–which boasts the finest collection of heraldic manuscripts in the world–this colorful volume is an authoritative, completely up-to-date reference for experts and an excellent introduction for beginners, covering the origins of heraldry, the composition of arms and their visual appearance, the use of arms as decoration, and much more.
History Bolton, Reginald Pelham RELICS OF THE REVOLUTION. Author published. 1916. ASIN: B0026bVB4K Hardcover. 214 pages. The story of the discovery of the buried remains of military life in forts and camps on Manhattan Island. With military notes and illustrations.
History Ford, Grace Horney THE BUTTON COLLECTOR’S HISTORY. Pond-Ekberg Co., Springfield MA. 1943 238 pages. 16 pages of photographic reproductions, more than 125 drawings.
History Graham, Elinor Mish MAINE CHARM STRING. MacMillan & Co. 1946. asin: B0007DZE1K Hardcover. 231 pages. Non-fiction. The author’s experiences in collecting buttons (and turning them into a charm string) after moving to the state of Maine. Elinor Graham’s delightful (and true) story of how she came to Maine as a young bride, fell into button-collecting, of all things, as a hobby is funny and poignant. Her button stories are a charming account of how an “outsider” became a vital member of her community. Along the way she meets all sorts of characters who are just as entertaining (and button-obsessed) as she.
History Hostert, Dr. Walter Lüdenscheid und die Knöpfe–Eine Kleine Kulturgeschichte des Knopfes (Ludenscheid and Buttons: A Little Cultural History of the Button). Stadt Ludenscheid. 1976. GERMAN.
History LeCouteur, Penny & Burreson, Jay NAPOLEON’S BUTTONS: HOW 17 MOLECULES CHANGED HISTORY. Tarcher. 2003. ISBN: 978- Hardcover. 384 pages. Though many factors have been proposed to explain the failure of Napoleon’s 1812 Russian campaign, it has also been linked to something as small as a button-a tin button, the kind that fastened everything from the greatcoats of Napoleon’s officers to the trousers of his foot soldiers. When temperatures drop below 56°F, tin crumbles into powder. Were the soldiers of the Grande Armée fatally weakened by cold because the buttons of their uniforms fell apart? How different our world might be if tin did not disintegrate at low temperatures and the French had continued their eastward expansion! This fascinating book tells the stories of seventeen molecules that, like the tin of those buttons, greatly influenced the course of history.
History Sprong, John G. BUTTONS, A BRIEF HISTORY. Turntable Junction, Flemington NJ. 1971. ASIN: B0006YLHKW 10 pages.
History Steinmetz, Rollin C. and Rice, Charles S. VANISHING CRAFTS AND THEIR CRAFTSMEN. Rutgers Univ. Press. 1959.   ASIN B0000CKPF7 Hardcover. 160 pages. “Straightforward, down-to-earth writing and pictures” from a review in a 1959 Rotarian issue.
History Whittemore, Carroll E. SYMBOLS OF THE CHURCH. Abingdon Press. 1964. ISBN: 978-0687183012 Paperback. 48 pages.This resource, with over 200 full-color photographs and illustrations depicts a variety of symbols, explains often-misunderstood symbols commonly seen in churches. The book shares the origin and meaning of hundreds of symbols of the Christian faith, as well as fascinating stories behind many symbols. It includes symbols from the Old and New Testaments, the Christian tradition, those representing apostles and saints are discussed, plus denominational emblems. Help the children of your church recognize Christian symbols with a resource developed exclusively for them! Symbols of Faith can be found in the Related Products Section Below.
Index Cooper, Helen L. NATIONAL BUTTON BULLETIN INDEX 1942-1981. Colonial Button Club, York PA. 1982
Index Fields, Pat NATIONAL BUTTON BULLETIN INDEX 1982-1993. Washington State Button Society. 1994
Index Flood, Anne W. INDEX OF NATIONAL BUTTON SOCIETY BULLETINS. Volume 51, 1992–Volume 60, 2001. Paperback.
Index Flood, Anne W. INDEX OF NATIONAL BUTTON SOCIETY BULLETINS. Volume 51, 1992–Volume 70, 2011. Paperback. 309 pages. Replaces previous version, adding ten more years.
Manufacture Blumenthal, B. 75 YEARS DEVOTED TO BUTTONS. B. Blumenthal & Co. NYC NY. 1952.
Manufacture Blumenthal, B. IT’S ALL DONE WITH BUTTONS. B. Blumenthal & Co. NYC NY. 1949. promotional booklet
Manufacture Hahnemann, Ulrich VON KNOPFMACHERN UND KNOPFEN: 300 JAHRE KNOPFHERSTELLUNG IM KYFFHAUSERGEBIET (From button makers and buttons: 300 years of button production in the Kyffhäuser area). Germany. 1999. DE 225387150 GERMAN.
Manufacture Jones, W. Unite & Fuoss, Edith M. THE BUTTON INDUSTRY. Reprinted by Edith Fuoss. Pitman & Sons: London. 1947. Hardcopy. 113 pages. Searchable scan at, look in the catalog record for the book scan.
Manufacture Kalsego Button Club BUTTONS MADE IN MICHIGAN. 20 pages
Manufacture Newberger, Edward Louis THE BUTTON INDUSTRY IN THE UNITED STATES. St. Johann Press. 1999. ISBN 978-1878282088 Paperback. 112 pages. Historical treasure. Written as a thesis in American History at Yale University, updated in 1946 and in 1998 by Ralph Langer, president of Blumenthal Lansing Company. Perhaps the most compact short history of the button industry it is a must read.
Manufacture Scoville Manufacturing Co. BRASS ROOTS–SCOVILL MANUFACURING COMPANY. 1952.
Manufacture Scoville Manufacturing Co. THE MILL ON MAD RIVER–SCOVILL MANUFACTURING COMPANY. 1953.
Manufacture United States FOREIGN TRADE IN BUTTONS. GPO (Government Printing Office), Washington. 1916. 184 pages. Page 146-184 regarding Button Dealers and Importers.
Manufacturing Canada BUTTON, BUCKLE AND FASTENERS INDUSTRY IN CANADA. Multiple publications. Titles vary slightly, multiple reports. Searchable years 1934-1947 at
Metals Dickinson, H.W. MATTHEW BOULTON. Cambridge University Press. 1936. 218 pages, 6 figures, 15 b&w plates. Boulton is best known in the industry and trades world for his innovative work during the Late 18th-/early 19th century artisan best known for his work with silver and Sheffield plate, buckles and buttons, minting coins, and cut steel jewelry.
Metals Read, Brian METAL BUTTONS, c.900 BC—c.AD 1700. Porticus Publishing. 2005.   ISBN: 0953245047 105 pages. Examples of metal button-like objects and buttons dating between 900BC and 1700AD, manufactory analysis, and complete descriptons. Includes late Bronze Age, early Iron Age, Late Iron Age and Roman Period toggle fasteners; Roman Period button and loop fasteners; Medieval, ad Post-Medieval. 410 objects.
Metals, Silver Birmingham Assay Office BRITISH HALLMARKS. The Assay Office Birmingham. 1975.
Metals, Silver Bradbury, Frederick GUIDE TO MARKS OF ORIGIN ON BRITISH AND IRISH SILVER PLATE FROM MID 16TH CENTURY TO THE YEAR 1968 AND OLD SHEFFIELD PLATE MAKERS’ MARKS 1743-1860. J.W.Northend Ltd. 1968. Softcover. 96 pages. Black and white. A guidebook to marks from craftsmen in London, Birmingham, Chester, Dublin, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Newcastle, Norwich, Sheffield, and York.
Metals, Silver Brockman, Gary WEARING THE MOON: NAVAJO AND PUEBLO SILVER BUTTONS. Sky Hill Press. 2017. ISBN 978-0975986905 151 pages. 300 images of Navajo and Pueblo buttons and jewelry, plus historic photos. Silver was called the metal of the moon. Millard J Holbrook II: “What a great collection of buttons! How fortunate for the reader that Gary Brockman considers, with impeccable scholarship and in depth for the first time, the artistic and cultural importance of Navajo and Pueblo silver buttons.”
Metals, Silver Kauffman, Henry J. THE COLONIAL SILVERSMITH, HIS TECHNIQUES AND HIS PRODUCTS. Astragal Press. 1969. Reprint 1995. ISBN 978-1879335653 Hardcover and paperback. 176 pages. Describes the tools and the methods used by these colonial artisans in fashioning the wide variety of silver objects. Finished products, together with detailed illustrations of the step-by-step fabrication of individual objects, supplement the text.
Metals, Silver Perry, Jane A COLLECTOR’S GUIDE TO PEASANT SILVER BUTTONS. Lulu Enterprises UK Ltd. 2007. ISBN: 978-1847998507 Paperback. 186 pages. An Illustrated Guide to Three Centuries of Souvenir and Peasant Silver Buttons from Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Peasant silver buttons are the kind that are worn with traditional costume. Identification and dating. 600 different peasant and souvenir buttons, detailed images of backs, patterns, conostruction. List of silver marks, with line drawings and close-up photos.
Metals, Silver Rezazadeh, Fred COLLECTIBLE SILVER JEWELRY: IDENTIFICATION AND VALUE GUIDE. Collector Books. 2000. ISBN: 978-1574321883 237 pages. Comprehensive encyclopedia for silver collectors —   1000s of examples shown; 100 US Manufacturers + 150 foreign manufacturers, their marks and trademarks.
Metals, Silver Wyler, Seymour B. THE BOOK OF OLD SILVER. 1970. Seventh edition from 1937. Hardcover. 447 pages. “…the most comprehensive table of hallmarks ever published in one book. Valuable information for silver collectors.
Pearl & Shell Kelso, Margaret F. CLASSIFICATION OF PEARL AND SHELL BUTTONS. National Button Society. Boyertown Publishing Co. 1971
Personal Adornment 1680 – 1820 Carolyn White American Artifacts of Personal Adornment 1680 – 1820 an long section on buttons in chapter three.  Rowman & Littlefield Publishers  2005
Polymers Howells, Jocelyn BUTTON MATERIALS A-Z: IDENTIFICATION GUIDE. Softcover. 160 pages. 1850 color images. 140 different materials or techniques presented encyclopedic style. Many tips given to help the reader learn how to identify their own buttons. Cutting-edge information, heretofore unknown or misunderstood, based on author’s many years of button experience, research and testing. Emphasis placed on the most problematical or misunderstood materials and techniques.
Polymers Howells, Jocelyn PLASTIC BUTTONS: HOW TO IDENTIFY THEM USING ALL SIX SENSES, PRICE GUIDE FOR. 2002 This is for owners of the first edition only, as the price guide was incorporated into the second edition — both of which are sold out.
Polymers Howells, Jocelyn PLASTIC BUTTONS: HOW TO IDENTIFY THEM USING ALL SIX SENSES. Howells. 2001 82 pages. 34 color plates. Buttons grouped according to plastic type and fully described as to their techniques, embellishments, finishes, etc. Additional helpful information offered for the first time to help collectors really get to know their plastic buttons.
Polymers Howells, Jocelyn & Joan MacFarlane & Nikki Deal SYNTHETIC POLYMERS HANDBOOK, NATIONAL BUTTON SOCIETY SECTION 9-A. The basic plastic button primer and prerequisite to other books on polymers. Highly recommended if you want to learn more about 11 different plastics that were made into buttons.
Pricing Adkins, Gertrude D. PRICE BUIDE TO BUTTON PARADE. 1970.
Pricing Crummett, Polly deSteiguer (Olson, Nichols & Albert Crummett) BUTTON GUIDE BOOK No. 2: A PRICE GUIDE MAINLY FOR BUTTONS DESCRIBED IN OTHER BOOKS AND COLLECTIBLE TYPES. Century House. 1972. ISBN: 978-
Pricing Curran, John M. PRICES IN THE BUTTON INDUSTRY. GPO (Government Printing Office), Washington. 1919 22 pages, World War 1914-18, pearl industry, and US buttons.
Pricing Hughes, Elizabeth & Lester, Marion THE BIG BOOK OF BUTTONS–THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF BUTTON HISTORY, DESIGN, AND IDENTIFICATION. PRICE GUIDE. St. Johann Press. 1991. ISBN: 978-1878282736
Pricing Izard, Mary Jo WOODEN JEWELRY & NOVELTIES. 1998. Price Guide. 1920’s-1950’s era jewelry, buttons, masks, toys, kitchen items & more — often incorporating Plastics, Bakelite and Lucite.
Pricing Leonardson, S.E. BUTTON VALUE LIST. 1944. Printed in booklet form, pocket size, listing over 1000 picture, story, animals, etc. alphabetically arranged, lge, med, small sizes, up to date comparative retail values given
Pricing Olson, Lorraine OLD BUTTONS AND THEIR VALUES. Lightner Publishing Co. Chicago. 1940. ASIN B001P78TRS Hardcover. 109 pages.
Pricing Osborne, Peggy Anne BUTTON, BUTTON; IDENTIFICATION AND PRICE GUIDE. Schiffer Ltd., Atglen PA. 1993. ISBN: 978-0764300820 Paperback. 160 pages. Gives information to identify age, material, and desirability buttons. It covers buttons of every imaginable type, price range and age.
Pricing Parker, Charles K. 1954 PRICE LIST OF MILITARY BUTTONS. 1954.
Pricing Wegener, Grace GRACE WEGENER SALES CATALOGUE. Tacoma WA. 1943 67 black and white plates, many scarce buttons illustrated.
Resources Ohio State University BUTTON BIBLIOGRAPHY OF OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY. Welcome to the Historic Button Research Site, your information gateway for research, teaching, and learning. Feel free to contact me for your research and classroom needs.       Leta Hendricks
Riveted Buttons Race, David E & Deborah A. STANDARD CATALOG OF RIVETED BUTTONS. 2004. Includes a chronology of rivets, their many features and embellishments, where to find them, resources, and valuation.
Rubber Hall, James W. GOODYEAR RUBBER BUTTONS: A GUIDE TO IDENTIFICATION AND AVAILABILITY. St. Johann Press. 2016. ISBN: 978-1937943288 Paperback. 228 pages. In this encyclopedic collection author Jim Hall has provided the most detailed guide to Goodyear rubber buttons ever compiled. Hall has been collecting and researching both uniform buttons and Goodyear rubber buttons for many years. Most notably his work on Jennens backmarks was published in the British Button Society’s magazine “Button Lines.” He found that although there were many good reference books for uniform buttons that assigned unique identification numbers and descriptions the same was not true for Goodyear buttons. This book will remedy that omission and will provide the reader with photographs, backmark detail, identification numbers, history and much more.
Shell American Pearl Button Co. THE ROMANCE OF PEARL BUTTONS. American Pearl Button Co. Washington IA. 1930. Pearl manufacture into “Lady Washington” pearl buttons.
Shell Howard, John LADISH PEARL BUTTON COMPANY. Company catalog.
Studio Buttons Leslie, Jane S. A REFERENCE BOOK ON STUDIO BUTTONS MAKERS. Author published. Arro Press, Wilmington MA. 1997. ASIN B0006QVUD4 Spiral bound. 125 pages. Broad research across the US, uncovering 243 button artists. Color images of sample buttons, listing by name/state, and artists by button material.
Studio Buttons Melloy, Meagan STUDIO BUTTONS & THE ARTISTS WHO MADE THEM. Author published. 2008. Third Edition 2011.
Studs, Covers Bell CUFF JEWELRY: A HISTORICAL ACCOUNT FOR COLLECTORS AND ANTIQUE DEALERS. Author published. 1994. ASIN: B002CIUOAE Paperback. 102 pages. Button covers, collar buttons, shirt studs, etc.
Uniform Emilio, Luis Fenollosa THE EMILIO COLLECTION OF MILITARY BUTTONS: American, British, French and Spanish, with some of Other Countries and Non-Military. The Essex Institute, Salem MA. 1911. Reprinted 1942. Reprinted 2009. ISBN 978-1120758736 Paperback. 310 pages. Reprint of the original.Culturally important work, made available for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world’s literature.
Uniform Johnson, Derek E. COLLECTOR’S GUIDE TO MILITARIA. Sterling. 1977. ISBN 978-0806901107 Hardcover. 124 pages. Covers military buttons, badges, belts & epaulettes, firearms, swords, daggers, bayonets, hats, helmets, medals & uniforms.
Uniform Lovell, Dorothy B. UNLISTED BACKS OF UNIFORM BUTTONS. Just Buttons Museum. 1962. 24 pages. Backmarks not listed in Johnson’s Uniform Books or in the supplements.
Uniform Wilkinson, Frederick COLLECTING MILITARY ANTIQUES. Harper & Row. 1984. ISBN: 978-0060146610 Hardcover. 208 pages. Shows and describes various types of military equipment, including uniforms, weapons, medals, armor, buttons, badges, stamps, and posters.
Uniform Wilkinson, Frederick MILITARIA. Hawthorn Books. 1969. ASIN: B00HW2VYUY Hardcover, cloth binding. 256 pages. Covers all aspects of Militaria: Medals and Decorations, Helmets, Medals, Uniforms, Badges, Military Prints, Weapons and Ephemera. An excellent reference. Internally tight and clean.
Uniform, Australia Cossum, J.K. BUTTONS OF THE DEFENCE FORCES OF AUSTRALIA. Author publishes, Sunbury Australia. 1988. ISBN 0731630831 Paperback. 72 pages. A collector’s reference guide to Australian Defence Force buttons.
Uniform, British Nayler, Peter MILITARY BUTTON MANUFACTURERS FROM THE LONDON DIRECTORIES 1800-1899. Canadian Heritage. 1993. ISBN 978-0662211358 Paperback. 71 pages.
Uniform, British Parkyn, Major H. G. (MILITARY) SHOULDER-BELT PLATES AND BUTTONS. Greenhill Books. 1956.   ISBN 978-0947898656 Hardcover. 352 pages. This book is an attempt to record some of the many changes in the design of the shoulder-belt plates and buttons worn by the British Regular Army, but does not include the badges and designs which have been shown only on standards and colors.
Uniform, British Ripley, Howard BUTTONS OF THE BRITISH ARMY 1855-1970. Popular-Pocket. 1983.   ISBN: 978-9132760839 Hardcover. 64 pages. Shows 670 buttons, from every militia, regiment, corps and department in the army. Multiples are shown for each regiment. Great reference for the collector.
Uniform, British Ripley, Howard BUTTONS OF THE REGULAR ARMY 1855-2000. Howard Ripley. 2002. Illustrated by Dennis Darminin. Paperback. 68 pages. Very helpful and comprehensive.
Uniform, British Ripley, Howard & Darmanin, Dennis ENGLISH INFANTRY MILITIA BUTTONS 1757-1881. Military Historical Society. 2010. Paperback. 56 pages. 301 black and white button illustrations.
Uniform, British Ripley, Howard & Darmanin, Dennis RIFLE VOLUNTEER BUTTONS 1859-1908. UK. Military Historical Society. 1996. 2007 revision. ISBN 978-0951060346 Paperback. 30 pages. List of original corps, consolidations and Volunteer Battalions. A reprint of the 1996 first edition, now out of print, with additional information and illustrations.
Uniform, British Ripley, Howard & Darmanin, Dennis YEOMANRY BUTTONS. Mlitary Historical Society UK. 2005. Paperback. 56 pages. 6 color plates, 256 b/w illustrations of buttons. Includes an “Addendum” of Rifle Volunteer Buttons.
Uniform, British Ripley, Howard & Moodie, Bob LOCAL MILITIA BUTTONS. UK. Author published. 1994. ISBN 978-0952446101 Hardcover. 48 pages. This concise work contains a short introduction on the formation of the Local Militia. Exhaustive list of units which comprised the force. 196 black and white illustrations.
Uniform, British Vickers-Smith, Lt. Evelyn UNIFORM BUTTONS ENFIELD ARSENAL MANUAL – MARK I. Ktchener House Publishers. 1965. ASIN B06XT4W9NH Paperback.   36 pages. Hundreds or buttons are illustrated in this work. Dotted lines indicate that a button could not be identified. Battle honors are indicated, as are nicknames. Units often underwent changes in name, number, and form/style of button. The author was a Lieutenant in the Royal Ordnance Corps. There is now a database on British Military Buttons: The Early British Military Button Project.
Uniform, British Wilkinson-Latham, R.J. DISCOVERING BRITISH MILITARY BADGES AND BUTTONS, VOLUME 148. 1999. ISBN: 978-0747804840 Paperback. 88 pages. This book first examines the development of the various styles of military head-dress badge from 1751, when the use of private crests and badges was forbidden, to the introduction of ‘cap badges’ in 1894. From that date, every style of badge for each regiment of the regular Army is described or illustrated. Through the turbulent years of the First World War, and the reductions and amalgamations of the years following, the effects on badge design are detailed. Buttons are dealt with from the first order to number buttons in 1767, through the era of numbered buttons, to the newly designed buttons adopted in 1881, bearing a regimental badge. The continuing story of both badges and buttons reflects subsequent reorganisations of the Army and is brought up to the present day with the new badges designed for the brigade system of 1958, the large regiments of the 1970s and the radical Army reorganisations and amalgamations since 1990.
Uniform, Canadian Militia

Uniform, Canadian Militia

Uniform, Canadian

Chartrand, Rene

Chartrand, Rene

Smylie, Eric

A SCARLET COAT. Uniforms, Flags and Equipment of the British Forces in the War of 1812. Service Publications, Ottawa, 2011. ISBN 978-1-894581-59-2.

Victoria’s Canadian Militia. Uniforms, Flags and Equipment of the Canadian Militia, 1837-1901. Volume 1. Service Publications, 2017.


Hardcover, 228 pages, 400 illustrations, including many by Dennis Darmanin.

Includes many illustrations by Dennis Darmanin.

Paperback. 108 pages. For collectors and enthusiasts, this book provides a look into an area of military collecting that is largely undocumented. Though medals awarded to Canadians and the badges of the Canadian armed forces have long been collected and valued, the field of Canadian military button collecting has been long overlooked, and available books and publications on this subject are virtually non-existent. With a view to rectifying this situation, Eric Smylie traces the history of the military button from the late nineteenth century to the last decade of the twentieth. Included are buttons from General Service, the Corps, the Mounted and Foot Regiments Overseas Service Battalions of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, Naval and Air Services, etc.

Uniform, Danish Petersen, Karsten Skjold UNIFORM BUTTONS OF THE DANISH ARMY 1911-1997 (UNIFORMSKNAPPER I DEN DANSKE HAER 1911-1997). Denmark. 1997. ISBN: 87-98552163   978-8798552192 In Danish. 86 pages.
Uniform, French Fallou, Louis LE BOUTON UNIFORME FRANCAIS. France. 1915. ISBN 212430011. FRENCH.
Uniform, French Hurley, Marian L. A COLLECTOR’S GUIDE TO FRENCH MILITARY BUTTONS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION 1775 TO 1783. Author published. 1998. ISBN 978-0966045406 Hardcover. 73 pages.
Uniform, India Poulsom, Lt. Col. Neville W. BUTTONS OF THE INDIAN ARMY, Volume 1. CAVALRY. Illustrations by Denis Darmanin. Military Press. 1998. ISBN 978-0854200948 Hardcover and paperback. 105 pages. Volume 1. Cavalry.
Uniform, India Poulsom, Lt. Col. Neville W. BUTTONS OF THE INDIAN ARMY, Volume 2. BENGAL ARMY INFANTRY. Illustrations by Denis Darmanin. Military Press. 1998-99. ISBN 978-0854201648 Hardcover and paperback. Volume 2. 172 PAGES.
Uniform, India Poulsom, Lt. Col. Neville W. BUTTONS OF THE INDIAN ARMY, Volume 3. PUNJAB FRONTIER FORCE, MADRAS ARMY INFANTRY, HYBERBAN INFANTRY. Illustrations by Denis Darmanin. Military Press. 1998. Paperback. Volume 3: 129 pages. ISBN 978-0854201563 Publisher: Military Press (1 Dec. 1998) Language: English ISBN-10: 0854201564 ISBN-13: 978-0854201563
Uniform, India Poulsom, Lt. Col. Neville W. BUTTONS OF THE INDIAN ARMY, Volume 4. BOMBAY ARMY INFANTRY, GURKHA INFANTRY. Illustrations by Denis Darmanin. Military Press. 1998-99. ISBN 978-0854201617 Hardcover and paperback. Volume 4. 112 PAGES.
Uniform, India Poulsom, Lt. Col. Neville W. BUTTONS OF THE INDIAN ARMY, Volume 5. ARMS AND SERVICES. Illustrations by Denis Darmanin. Military Press. 1998. ISBN 978-0854201716 Hardcover and paperback. 51 PAGES. Volume 5: Pre-1947.
Uniform, India Poulsom, Lt. Col. Neville W. BUTTONS OF THE INDIAN ARMY, VOLUME 6. BATTLE HONORS AWARDED TO EACH REGIMENT. Illustrations by Denis Darmanin. Military Press 1998. ISBN 978-0854201860 Hardcover and paperback. Volume 6: Battle Honors, Amalgamations & Index. Summary of Battle Honors Awarded to Each Regiment; Summaries of the Post 1922 Almalgamations
Uniform, India Poulsom, Lt. Col. Neville W. BUTTONS OF THE INDIAN ARMY, Volume 7. ADDITIONS AND ERRATA. Illustrations by Denis Darmanin. Military Press. 2000. ISBN 978-0854201914 Hardcover. Volume 7. 218 pages.
Uniform, Irish McDonnell, J. BUTTONS OF THE IRISH MILITIA 1793-1881. Author published. 1991. ISBN: 978-0951731901 Paperback. 40 pages.
Uniform, Italian Sabatini, Carlo & Antonini, Eraldo ITALIAN MILITARY BUTTONS (BOTTONI MILITARI ITALIANI). Italy. 1998.   ISBN: 978-8870003079 ITALIAN.
Uniform, Polish Baginski, Wal. FORMER POLISH BUTTONS (DAWNE GUZIKI POLSKIE) 1807-1899. W.L.Anczyca I Spolka. 1899. POLISH.
Uniform, Polish Gladkiego, Krzysztofa POLISH MILITARY BUTTONS 1914-1945. (POLSKIE GUZIKI WOJSKOWE 1914-45) Krzysztof Gladki ze zbiorow Krzysztofa Gladkiego. 1983 POLISH. 16 pages. Polish military buttons (1914-1945) from the collection of Krzysztof Gładki: catalog of the exhibition, Museum of Struggle and Work, Jelenia Góra – Cieplice, August-October 1983.
Uniform, Polish Wolf, Wydawnictwo BUTTONS, GUIDE FOR COLLECTORS (GUZIKI, PRZEWODNIK DLA KOLEKCJONEROW. Warsaw. 1999 Polish military buttons.
Uniform, Spanish Larranaga, Ramon Guiano & Camino del Olmo, Miguel Angel BOTONES ESPANOLES DE UNIFORME. Ministero de Difensa. Spain. 1999. ISBN: 8478326856 SPANISH.
Uniform, US Albert, Alphaeus H. RECORD OF AMERICAN UNIFORM AND HISTORICAL BUTTONS: BICENTENNIAL EDITION. (Revised) Boyertown Publishing Co., Boyertown PA. 1976. SCS Publishing, 1997. Hardcover. 511 pages. The standard reference since its first publication in 1977. Over 3200 buttons are pictured actual size with known back marks and relative values shown. They include: US Military of all periods from colonial on, Confederate, both of the state and CS Government, Schools both civilian and military, Commemorative, Political, Militia, Veterans Organizations, Federal Departments and more.
Uniform, US Johnson, David F. UNIFORM BUTTONS: AMERICAN ARMED FORCES 1784-1948. Volume I. MILITARY UNIFORMS AND THEIR BUTTONS: AMERICAN ARMED FORCES 1784-1948. Volue 2. Century House, Watkins Glen NY. 1948. ASIN B007BOQ6H4 Hardcover. Invaluable resource. Two Volume Set. First Volume is text heavy, 223 pages. Second volume pages are not numbered but has 100 plates illustrating over 200 buttons Includes ilustrations of state seals.
Uniform, US McGuinn, William F. & Bazelon, Bruce S. AMERICAN MILITARY BUTTON MAKERS & DEALERS: THEIR BACKMARKS & DATES.   1996. Revised in 2006. 189 pages. 2006 edition is enlarged, with more information and more pictures.
Uniform, US Tice, Warren K. UNIFORM BUTTONS OF THE UNITED STATES 1776-1865: BUTTON MAKERS OF THE UNITED STATES, 1776-1865; BUTTON SUPPLIERS TO THE CONFEDERATE STATES, 1800-1865. Thomas Publications, Gettysburg PA. 1997 519 pages. Contains many buttons not covered in Albert’s, and also lists every known backmark for each button. Chapters on four leading manufacturers, with histories of the companies and great photos of their backmarks . The section on state buttons includes buttons all the way back to the American Revolution, with the United States section starting in about 1830, and a section covering the complete period of Confederate manufacture.
Uniform, US Tice, Warren K. UNIFORM BUTTONS OF THE UNITED STATES, PRICE GUIDE TO. Thomas Publications, Gettysburg PA. 2000
Uniform, US Civil War Albert, Alphaeus H. BUTTONS OF THE CONFEDERACY. Boyertown Publishing, Boyertown PA. 1963
Uniform, US Civil War Bartholomees, James Boone BUFF FACINGS AND GILT BUTTONS: STAFF AND HEADQUARTERS Operations in the army of Northern Virginia, 1861-1865. University of South Carolina Press. 1998.
Uniform, US Civil War Binder, Daniel J. CIVIL WAR COLLECTOR’S GUIDE TO ALBERT’S BUTTON BOOK. Publisher’s Press. 1993. ISBN: 978-0942365054 Paperback. 83 pages. A Handbook of Updates, Corrections and New Discoveries
Uniform, US Civil War Jenkins, Dan CONFEDERATE AND UNION BUTTONS OF THE GULF COAST 1861-1865. 1983. Softcover. 58 pages.
Uniform, US NCarolina Teff, C. Terry NORTH CAROLINA CIVIL WAR BUTTONS. Concord Printing Company. (Time Life Books. 1991.) 1998. Paperback. 68 pages. Many illustrations, including the standing shepherd button, NC-10 button, Nolime Tangere button, cornucopia locket, NC starburst buttons, hornets’ nest, Raleigh guards, NC military school, NC-2E cuff, NC-3, NC-3 cuff, infantry, Cherokee Indian National, etc. Both sides with makers marks.
Uniform, US Revolution Calver, William & Bolton, Reginald HISTORY WRITTEN WITH PICK AND SHOVEL: MILITARY BUTTONS, BELT-PLATES, BADGES AND OTHER RELICS. New York Historical Society, NYC NY. 1950. 320 pages. Excavated from Colonial, Revolutionary, and War of 1812 Camp Sites by the Field Exploration Committee of the New York Historical Society. Includes illustrations and maps.
Uniform, US Revolution Troiani, Don & Kochan, James L. INSIGNIA OF INDEPENDENCE, MILITARY BUTTONS, ACCOUTERMENT PLATES, AND GORGETS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION. 297 pages. Buttons, buckles, gorgets & more!  Sections covering uniform accouterment of the British, American and French forces of the American Revolution.   Hundreds of sharp, black & white photos of buttons & plates, mixed with color pictures of period paintings showing participants of the war wearing the equipment.
Uniform, US Revolution Trojani, Don MILITARY BUTTONS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION. Thomas Publications. 2001. ISBN: 978-1577470618 Hardcover. 200 pages. Hundreds of different buttons worn by the American, British, and French forces in the Revolutionary War. Troiani, a highly respected military artist, presents photographs and comprehensive information for over 900 of buttons.
Uniform, US Revolution Wyckoff, Martin A. UNITED STATES MILITARY BUTTONS OF THE LAND SERVICES, 1787-1902: A GUIDE AND CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM. McLean   County Historical. 1984. ISBN: 978-0943788012 Paperback. 121 pages. This is a very useful book for anybody interested in US military uniforms and buttons. It has the very great advantage over standard references in that it indicates the dates during which the buttons were in use, as well as providing information about specific use.
Uniform, US South Jenkins, Dan MILITARY BUTTONS OF THE GULF COAST 1711-1830. 1973.
Uniform, Welsh Owen, Bryn HISTORY OF THE WELSH MILITARIA AND VOLUNTEER CORP 1757-1908: 2. The Glamorgan Regiments of Militia. Palace Publishing. 1990. ISBN 9781871904017 Hardcover and paperback. 279 pages. Second volume in the series. Lieutenant Owen was an acknowledged expert and was appointed Curator of the Welsh Regiment Museum, Cardiff Castle in 1978 and was the author of numerous articles and books on Welsh military history.
Uniform, Welsh Owen, Bryn HISTORY OF THE WELSH MILITARIA AND VOLUNTEER CORP 1757-1908: ANGLESEY AND CAERNARFONSHIRE. 1989. ISBN 9781871904000 Hardcover and paperback. 245 pages. First volume in the series. The history of volunteer foot and cavalry units in North Wales over 150 years.
Uniform, Welsh Owen, Bryn HISTORY OF THE WELSH MILITARIA AND VOLUNTEER CORP 1757-1908: Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Cardiganshire. Bridge Books. 1995. ISBN 978-1872424514 Hardcover and paperback. 136 pages. Fifth volume in the series.
Uniform, Welsh Owen, Bryn HISTORY OF THE WELSH MILITARIA AND VOLUNTEER CORP 1757-1908: Denbighshire and Flintshire – Regiments of Militia Pt. 1. Bridge Books. 1989. Revised 1997. ISBN 978-1872424576 Hardcover and paperback. 112 pages. Fourth volume in the series.
Uniform, Welsh Owen, Bryn HISTORY OF THE WELSH MILITARIA AND VOLUNTEER CORP 1757-1908: Montgomeryshire Regiments of Militia, Volunteers and Yeomanry Cavalry. 2001. ISBN 978-1872424859 Hardcover and paperback. 174 pages. The sixth volume in a series which records the services of the Militia Regiments and Volunteers Corps of Wales between the 18th and early 20th centuries, this book deals with the Montgomeryshire Regiments of Militia, Volunteers and Yeomanry Cavalry from 1757 up to the implementation of the Territorial and Reserve Forces Act of 1907. The book includes an obituary for its author, Bryn Owen (1928- 99).
Uniform, Welsh Owen, Bryn HISTORY OF THE WELSH MILITARIA AND VOLUNTEER CORP 1757-1908: Volunteers and Local Militia, 1796-1816, Yeomanry Cavalry, 1808-31 v.3 (Vol 3). 1993. ISBN 978-1872424347 Hardcover and paperback. 126 pages. Third volume in the series.
Usage Albert, Alphaeus H. POLITICAL CAMPAIGN & COMMEMORATIVE BUTTONS. Author published. Highstown NJ. 1966 A Descriptive Catalog of Pictorial Buttons Worn on Work Clothing, 1900-1935.
Usage Albert, Alphaeus H. WASHINGTON HISTORICAL BUTTONS. Princeton University Press, Princeton NJ. 1949. 82 pages. Washington Inaugural Buttons, and Other Buttons Bearing the Portrait of Washington or Alluding to Him and His Administration.
Usage Bristow, Dick THE ILLUSTRATED POLITICAL BUTTON BOOK. Four editions. California Political Items Co. 1971. ASIN: B0006BZVFW Paperback. 131 pages.
Usage Cobb, J. Harold GEORGE WASHINGTON INAUGURAL BUTTONS AND MEDALETS, 1789-1793. Hamden CT. 1968. Revised and reprinted 2005. ASIN: B0007FS This 27 page, looseleaf book is scanned and can be read at
Usage DeWitt, J. Doyle A CENTURY OF CAMPAIGN BUTTONS. 1789-1889. University of Michigan. 1959.   ASIN B0007DRUS0 Hardcover. 420 pages. A descriptive list of medalets, tokens, buttons, ferrotypes, and other lapel devices relating to the national political campaigns in the United States from 1789 to 1889 Example pieces are illustrated. A “must have” reference for collectors of pre-1892 items.
Usage Wearin, Otha D. POLITICAL CAMPAIGN BUTTONS IN COLOR. Mid-America Book Co. 1969. ASIN: B0006CEDBO Spiral bound. 60 color pages.
Usage, British Blair, Dennis G. BRITISH BUTTONS: CIVILIAN UNIFORM BUTTONS, 19TH–20TH CENTURY. Greenlight Publishing. 2001. ISBN: 978-1897738047 Paperback. 92 pages. Reference work for identification of button finds. It contains 375 button examples reproduced in colour, including Livery and Royal Court buttons as well as General issues; there is a chapter on Button Making. No hunt club buttons.
Usage, Fire Akers, Michael A. BRITISH FIRE SERVICE CAP BADGES AND BUTTONS: 1947-73. Author published. 1989.   ISBN 978-0951093214 Paperback. 176 pages.
Usage, Fire Akers, Michael A. BRITISH FIRE SERVICE CAP BADGES AND BUTTONS: 1974-85. Author published. 1985.   ISBN 9780951093207 Paperback. 100 pages.
Usage, Hunt White-Spunner, Barney BAILEY’S HUNTING DIRECTORY. Derrydale Press. 2000. A new volume is published each year. Describes hunt uniforms and illustrates hunt buttons for the UK, Ireland, America, the Commonwealth and Europe. The most useful book dealing with hunt buttons.
Usage, Livery Skovronsky, Tom LIVERY BUTTONS, VOLUME 2. 2008.
Usage, Livery Skovronsky, Tom LIVERY BUTTONS: IDENTIFICATION, CLASSIFICATION & HERALDRY. 2006. ISBN: 978-0963958815 Comb bound. 213 pages.
Usage, Livery Squire, Gwen LIVERY BUTTONS: THE PITT COLLECTION. Leghorn. 1976. 270 pages. 100 plates 3000 photographs of livery buttons made for British, Irish and Foreign families in the 19th century.
Usage, Overall Adams, Jane Ford & Lillian Smith Albert, National Button Society PICTORIAL OVERALL BUTTONS. National Button Society. Boyertown Publishing Co. 1965 32 pages. A Descriptive Catalog of Pictorial Buttons Worn on Work Clothing, 1900-1935.
Usage, Overall Yeargain, Louella & DeHay, Jerry PICTORIAL OVERALL BUTTONS. National Button Society. 2015. A Descriptive Catalogue of Pictorial Overall Buttons, Wobble Shank. It has 15 color plates with 580 button pictures, the history of work clothing and descriptive characteristics of many types.
Usage, Police Clarke, A. A. POLICE UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT. Shire Publications. 1999. ISBN: 0747801266 Paperback. 32 pages. This book describes the origin and development of the police uniform (including buttons and badges)in England and Wales.
Usage, Police Ripley, Howard POLICE BUTTONS. VOLUME II. UK. 1983. ISBN: 0952793814. Illustrated by Dennis Darminin.
Usage, Police Canada Taylor, Ken W and Frye, Bernard G. UNIFORM BUTTONS OF THE MOUNTED POLICE 1874–1980. Canada. 1985.
Usage, Police UK Ripley, Howard POLICE BUTTONS: POLICE FORCES OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND–THEIR AMALGAMATIONS AND THEIR BUTTONS. US. R. Hazell & Co. 1983. ISBN: 978-0901718297 Paperback. 84 pages. This book is a comprehensive guide to British and Irish police buttons, over 500 of which are excellently illustrated by Dennis Darmanin.
Usage, Railway Froggatt, David J. RAILWAY BUTTONS, BADGES & UNIFORMS. Ian Allan Ltd. Littlehampton Book Services. London. 1986. ISBN: 978-0711016491 Hardcover. 208 pages. Tracing thye history of uniforms and insignia which have been worn by railway employees in Britain in the past 160 years. Around 900 photographic illustrations – mostly b&w, some colour, and photographs of staff.
Usage, Transportation VanCourt, Donald TRANSPORTATION UNIFORM BUTTONS, VOLUME III—MARITIME & AVIATION. Privately published. Madison NJ. 1998. ISBN 978-0961830120 Hardcover. 193 pages. Maritime and aviation. Short history of each company as well as color photos of each of the buttons. It also discusses the button manufacturers, how to distinguish amongst the buttons, where to find buttons, etc. Indispensable.
Usage, Transportation VanCourt, Donald TRANSPORTATION UNIFORM BUTTONS, VOLUME II—TRANSIT. Privately published. Madison NJ. 1993. ISBN 978-0961830113 ASIN B00J5NM48E Hardcover. 306 pages. Volume 2 in this monumental series cover all known transit uniform buttons from the US and Canada. Buttons are shown in black and white plates with information on each provided in a section describing the transit company and the different buttons it issued. Index.
Usage, Transportation VanCourt, Donald TRANSPORTATION UNIFORM BUTTONS, VOLUME I—RAILROADS. Privately published. Madison NJ. 1991. ISBN 0-9618301-0-7 Hardcover and paperback. 280 pages. Black and white. This is a wonderful piece of scholarship, truly a labor of love. It’s an authoritative description of railroad uniform buttons, button construction, the metal-era history of button making, and the histories of the railroads that commissioned these buttons for their workers. Among those who collect uniform buttons, this is consdered to be THE reference book, at least for North American railroads.
Usage, Transportation VanCourt, Donald P. BACKMARK CODES FOR “TRANSPORTATION BUTTONS.” Author published. Madison NJ. 1987. ASIN B00072N1RA
Usagea, Heraldry Hostert, Dr. Walter HERALDIC BUTTONS (GENOPFTE HERALDIK). Germany. 1997. ISBN: 3929614227 GERMAN.
Vegetable Ivory Fields, Pat & Fields, David FROM NUT TO BUTTON–A CLOSER LOOK AT EGETABLE IVORY. Author published. 2001. ASIN: B000RJSTD4 Spiral bound. 114 pages. Color and black and white images; the perfect button material, where it comes from, Identifying vegetable ivory buttons, Caring for your living button treasures, History of the vegetable ivory button, With blood & sweat: gathering vegetable ivory, Manufacturing process then and now.
Vegetable Ivory Schabilion, Shirl ALL IN A NUTSHELL: THE STORY OF THE VEGETABLE IVORY NUT. Keystone Comedy MS; Petrified Forest, Flora MS. 1983. ASIN B00072YNJK Paperback. 41 pages.
Youth Daniel, Elizabeth OUR BUTTON BOOK. Rand McNally & Co. 1948. ASIN B0008ADPVI Hardcover. Charming child’s book from a time gone past.
Youth, 2-4 years Johnson, Traci Paige BLUE’S BUTTONS (BLUE’S CLUES). Simon Spotlight/Nickelodeon. 2000.   ISBN 978-0689833793 Board book. 20 pages. The book uses buttons to give us hints at what the buttons are trying to reveal, and it great fun for the kids to guess. The buttons form ice cream cones, meatballs, and pig’s snouts (among other things).
Youth, 4-8 yrs Williams, Rozanne Lanezak BUTTONS, BUTTONS. Creative Teaching Press. 1994. 978-0916119317 Paperback. 8 pages. There are so many types of buttons! Can you count them all? Science Concepts Sight Words Phonics Properties of matter: color and shape one two red blue little bug Beginning consonant /b/, as in buttons Rhyming words, such as two/blue and round/found Vocabulary Words Related Learning Skills square round Recognizing similarities and differences
Youth, 9-12 yrs Chorzempa, Rosemary A. DESIGN YOUR OWN COAT OF ARMS AN INTRODUCTION TO HERALDRY. Dover Publications. 1987. ISBN 978-0486249933 Paperback. 48 pages. This easy-to-read, profusely illustrated guide to the history, symbolism, and construction of heraldic devices allows even a child to fashion authentic designs.

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