For now I am stuck on buttons. Really, can you blame me? Recently at a flea market, I ran across some linen buttons used mostly on bedding in Germany.
The firm Adler-Knopf is a mystery except that it was founded in 1878 and held 27 German and 12 foreign patents, presumably for its buttons. The only reference to the company is part of a PhD thesis that talks about companies in Germany. Therefore dating this is difficult, but from some research looking at similar products it appears to be from the 1920s to early 1930s.
Newer buttons like these came next:
Dating these is difficult but wrapped in plastic I would guess them to be 1980s or 1990s. I bought these at the same time.
Now days the buttons looked like this in the store:
Notice that they have now gone from linen to plastic even though they are still called linen buttons. So it goes with progress. I did not buy these. I took pictures of them in a department store.
Other button things that have changed over time: Here is an example of an apron I found. Notice the beautiful lace that was zigzagged to the top of the apron...I mean look at the buttons. They are utility glass buttons.Before WWII Germany furnished a considerable quantity of buttons of many types which were made of wood, bone, and glass. After the war glass buttons went out of either fashion or were no longer made. I have been able to find little information about firms that made glass buttons and what happened to them.
Not surprising, I have been collection glass buttons:
They are about as common to find as the mother of pearl ones. The fancy glass ones are about as plentiful (or not) as the vintage carved mother of pearl buttons.
Now back to Dorset buttons. In Germany they have something called Trachen. Think Munich beer halls and lederhosen. The typical dress woman wear involve some sort to tunic style dress or skirt with a blouse. The blouses are usually ornate and distinctive.
I found this blouse at a second hand store:
Do you see the Dorset buttons??? Here is a close-up:
Lastly here is the latest on one of my next crazy patch blocks:
It is a work in progress and the poor tree needs some more leaves.