I sold every last button very quickly once I knew what they were and then last week I found a cushion cover that I made with a very rough hemp tea towel with green stripes which buttoned up with four green casein buttons; you can probably see that they must have been sliced from a long roll, rather like chequered biscuits, or seaside rock sweets, and they look pretty amateur to me! Anyway they jogged my memory of all the near look-alikes I once had, and if I saw a lot again I would be quick to bag them for my button collectors.
Trophy treasure hunting! I read only today of the scrap merchant who bought a golden egg at a junk sale, kept it in his kitchen, and it has turned out to be the missing Easter Egg made for the Russian royal family by the great Faberge, worth millions! Just 200 millions! Messrs Wartski, jewellers, who recognised and valued it, once had a family shop in Llandudno and were well known for their fabulous jewellery pieces - likewise Mr Policoff in Pwllheli who sold fur coats - both were pre -WW2 Russian emigres., who must have found Welsh ways very strange - chapel people did not aspire to such worldly riches! They liked black and gray, very much, for their clothes and houses, and it was echoed by the stern granite mountains all around, and in the gravel and slate quarries all over Gwynnedd where I lived.
|I wonder where all those wonderful pearl and diamond jewels are now ? I am looking round my kitchen, just in case, as I am a well-known 'scrap' dealer'!|
|Casein buttons - my sort of scrap.|