Olney Amsden & Sons Ltd button cards

Made 1925

Buttons reflect the technology, materials and fashion of the time they were produced. They have been in existence since ancient times. In the past their purpose was mainly ornamental and they were made by a craftspeople, quite different to their mass produced utilitarian function today.

The buttonhole was invented in the thirteenth century, replacing loop fastening. This is when buttons began to be produced in large quantities and the modern button began (1). The eighteenth century is consider...


Six button cards featuring a variety of different button types, including some made of plastic, pearl and crocheted designs. Each board has a cream felt backing. All but one of the six cards has a card number printed on the front upper right hand corner.


Button cards made by Olney Amsden & Sons Ltd in London, England, in 1925.


Gift of Kerrie Dougherty, 2007

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Olney Amsden & Sons Ltd button cards 2014, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 25 March 2017, <https://ma.as/365125>
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