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Button Country

An Educational Resource for Button Collectors - originally created by Paul Rice

Copyright © 2012 All Rights Reserved.                                                  Website redesigned and Maintained by Deborah Hanson

Section 3 : China

Acknowledgments: Thanks to Lou Yeargain, Janet White, Barbara Barrans, George and Gretchen Gauthier, Mary Whitson, and Sandy Brown, the principle collaborators in the development of this educational resource. Their contributions included reviews, comments, and other support such as providing images or other resources. A special thanks to Joan Lindsay & Joy Journeay for their expert editing skills!


References:

(1)  National Button Society Blue Book - Official NBS Classification and Competition Guidelines

(2)  Guidelines for Collecting China Buttons - Ruth Lamm, Beatrice and Lester Lorah, and Helen Schuler, NBS, 1970

(3)  Calico Pattern Guide - Sandra Brown, 2010

(4)  Calico Patterns Identification of the most commonly confused pairs - George and Gretchen Gauthier - August 5, 2010

(5)  China Buttons 101, Janet White, Baubles and Buttons website

(6)  A Fresh Look at China Buttons - Barbara Barrans and Pat Fields - National Button Bulletin, May 2007

(7)  The China Exchange, an educational website for china button collectors

(8)  Read the story about a group of American button collectors visiting the Bapterrosses museum, factory & dump in Briare France and the unique china buttons they found.


Notes:

(1) The body/base color convention for china buttons is different than for other buttons. Specifically, the Blue Book glossary (page 65) states that the color of a button is determined by the color visible at the shank or back of the button. Further, the glossary and clear and colored glass definitions (7-3) state that the application of decorative finish, overlay, metal back or OME does not affect the base color. China is an exception. Blue Book definition 3-3.1 states that "a plain white bodied china is white; a white bodied china with applied marigold luster is considered orange". In other words, the front surface color of the button is the body/base color for a china button.


* To download and print a pdf of the china worksheet click this link: page 1.

3-1 Molded Self Shank
3-1 Molded Self Shank
3-1 Molded Self Shank
3-1 Molded Self Shank
3-1.1 Inserted Self Shank* 
Bird Cage - Two piece
3-1.1 Inserted Self Shank*
Bird Cage - Two piece
3-1.1 Inserted Self Shank*
Two-way - Two piece
3-1.1 Inserted Self Shank*
Two-way - Two piece
3-1.1 Inserted Self Shank* 
Bird Cage - Three piece
3-1.1 Inserted Self Shank*
Bird Cage - Three piece
3-1.2 Metal Shank*
3 Color-Hobnail-Gaiter Bulls' eye
3-1.2 Metal Shank*
3 Color-Hobnail-Gaiter Bulls' eye
3-1.2 Metal Shank*
Inserted Metal Shank - Shoe
3-1.2 Metal Shank*
Inserted Metal Shank - Shoe
3-1.2 Metal Shank*
Plate and Loop - Aspirin - Calico
3-1.2 Metal Shank*
Plate and Loop - Aspirin - Calico
3-1.2 Metal Shank*
Inserted Metal - Smock
3-1.2 Metal Shank*
Inserted Metal - Smock
3-1.2 Metal Shank*
Plate and Loop - Gaiter Bull's eye
3-1.2 Metal Shank*
Plate and Loop - Gaiter Bull's eye
3-1.3 Sew-through
Three-hole - Pie Crust
3-1.3 Sew-through
Three-hole - Pie Crust
3-1.3.1 Sew-through
Four-hole - Calico
3-1.3.1 Sew-through
Four-hole - Calico
3-1.3.2 Sew-through
Two-hole - Panty waist
3-1.3.2 Sew-through
Two-hole - Panty waist
3-1.3.2 Sew-through
Two-hole - Fish eye
3-1.3.2 Sew-through
Two-hole - Fish eye
3-1.3.2 Sew-through*
Two-hole - Igloo
3-1.3.2 Sew-through*
Two-hole - Igloo
3-1.3.2 Sew-through*
Two-hole - Igloo
3-1.3.2 Sew-through*
Two-hole - Igloo
3-1.3.3 Sew-through Whistle*
Type A2 - 2-piece
3-1.3.3 Sew-through Whistle*
Type A2 - 2-piece
3-1.3.3 Sew-through*
Two-hole Whistle - Type B2 - 2-piece
3-1.3.3 Sew-through*
Two-hole Whistle - Type B2 - 2-piece
3-1.3.3 Sew-through*
Two-hole - Whistle - Type C2 - 2-piece
3-1.3.3 Sew-through*
Two-hole - Whistle - Type C2 - 2-piece
3-1.3.3 Sew-through*
Two-hole - Whistle - Type D2 - 1-piece
3-1.3.3 Sew-through*
Two-hole - Whistle - Type D2 - 1-piece
3-2 Body Style
Hobnail - Regular
3-2 Body Style
Hobnail - Regular
3-2 Body Style
Hobnail - Inverted
3-2 Body Style
Hobnail - Inverted
3-2 Body Style - Radiating Line Rim
Pie Crust
3-2 Body Style - Radiating Line Rim
Pie Crust
3-2 Body Style - Radiating Line Rim
Saw Tooth
3-2 Body Style - Radiating Line Rim
Saw Tooth
3-2 Body Style - Radiating Line Rim
Bias Saw-tooth
3-2 Body Style - Radiating Line Rim
Bias Saw-tooth
3-2 Body Style - Radiating Line Rim
Czech spoke wheel
3-2 Body Style - Radiating Line Rim
Czech spoke wheel
3-2 Body Style - Pattern eye
Two-hole sew through
3-2 Body Style - Pattern eye
Two-hole sew through
3-2 Body Style
Tire
3-2 Body Style
Tire
3-2 Body Style
Saucer
3-2 Body Style
Saucer
3-2 Body Style
Deepwell
3-2 Body Style
Deepwell
3-2.1 Body Style - Hollow Eye
Mottled
3-2.1 Body Style - Hollow Eye
Mottled
3-2.2 Body Style - Oval Eye
Rounded ends
3-2.2 Body Style - Oval Eye
Rounded ends
3-2.2 Body Style - Oval Eye
Boxed ends
3-2.2 Body Style - Oval Eye
Boxed ends
3-2.2 Body Style - Oval Eye
Mound
3-2.2 Body Style - Oval Eye
Mound
3-2.3 Body Style - Smooth Beveled Rim
Dish
3-2.3 Body Style - Smooth Beveled Rim
Dish
3-2.3 Body Style - Smooth Beveled Rim
Ink well style
3-2.3 Body Style - Smooth Beveled Rim
Ink well style
3-3.1 Body/base Color
Black - Plate and Loop*
3-3.1 Body/base Color
Black - Plate and Loop*
3-3.1 Body/base Color
Gray - Two hole
3-3.1 Body/base Color
Gray - Two hole
3-3.1 Body/base Color
Blue - Four-hole
3-3.1 Body/base Color
Blue - Four-hole
3-3.1 Body/base Color
Turquoise - Inserted shank*
3-3.1 Body/base Color
Turquoise - Inserted shank*
3-3.1 Body/base Color
Brown - Oval eye
3-3.1 Body/base Color
Brown - Oval eye
3-3.1 Body/base Color
Pink - Fish eye (See Note 1)
3-3.1 Body/base Color
Pink - Fish eye (See Note 1)
3-3.1 Body/base Color
Copper - Whistle* (See Note 1)
3-3.1 Body/base Color
Copper - Whistle* (See Note 1)
3-3.2 Surface Decoration Color
Blue - Stencil
3-3.2 Surface Decoration Color
Blue - Stencil
3-3.2 Surface Decoration Color
Magenta - Transfer*
3-3.2 Surface Decoration Color
Magenta - Transfer*
3-3.2 Surface Decoration Color
Orange - Paint
3-3.2 Surface Decoration Color
Orange - Paint
3-3.2 Surface Decoration Color
Green - Transfer
3-3.2 Surface Decoration Color
Green - Transfer
3-3.2 Surface Decoration Color
Marbled - Inserted Self Shank*
3-3.2 Surface Decoration Color
Marbled - Inserted Self Shank*
3-4 Decorative Design/Finishes
Gingham - Knob center2
3-4 Decorative Design/Finishes
Gingham - Knob center2
3-4 Decorative Design/Finishes Gingham - Knob center2 Also 3-3.2 - 2 Color Surface Decoration
3-4 Decorative Design/Finishes Gingham - Knob center2 Also 3-3.2 - 2 Color Surface Decoration
3-4 Decorative Design/Finishes
Two-hole - Whistle* - Transfer
3-4 Decorative Design/Finishes
Two-hole - Whistle* - Transfer
3-4.1 Banded
Hollow Eye - Ringer
3-4.1 Banded
Hollow Eye - Ringer
3-4.1 Banded
Bull's eye*
3-4.1 Banded
Bull's eye*
3-4.1 Banded
Pie Crust
3-4.1 Banded
Pie Crust
3-4.1 Banded
Mound
3-4.1 Banded
Mound
3-4.1 Banded
Three-hole
3-4.1 Banded
Three-hole
3-4.2 Calico
Two-hole - Colored body
3-4.2 Calico
Two-hole - Colored body
3-4.2 Calico
With stripe
3-4.2 Calico
With stripe
3-4.2 Calico
Two color
3-4.2 Calico
Two color
3-4.2 Calico
Basket weave pattern
3-4.2 Calico
Basket weave pattern
3-4.2 Calico
3-4.2 Calico
3-4.2 Calico
3-4.2 Calico
3-4.2 Calico
3-4.2 Calico
3-4.2 Calico
3-4.2 Calico
3-4.2 Calico
3-4.2 Calico
3-4.2 Calico
3-4.2 Calico
3-4.2 Calico
3-4.2 Calico
3-4.2 Calico
3-4.2 Calico
3-4.2 Calico
Knob2
3-4.2 Calico
Knob2
Calico button mounting made in 1946
Calico button mounting made in 1946
3-4.3 Lusters
Iridescent Pearl
3-4.3 Lusters
Iridescent Pearl
3-4.3 Lusters
Partial Luster (pearl)*
3-4.3 Lusters
Partial Luster (pearl)*
3-4.3 Lusters
Translucent (Marigold & Silver)*
3-4.3 Lusters
Translucent (Marigold & Silver)*
3-4.3 Lusters
Opaque
3-4.3 Lusters
Opaque
3-4.3 Luster
Whistle* -Type B2 - 2-piece
3-4.3 Luster
Whistle* -Type B2 - 2-piece
3-4.3 Lusters
Iridescent - Tire
3-4.3 Lusters
Iridescent - Tire
3-4.4 Stencil
3-4.4 Stencil
3-4.4 Stencil
3-4.4 Stencil
3-4.4 Stencil
3-4.4 Stencil
3-4.4 Stencil
3-4.4 Stencil
3-4.4 Stencil
3-4.4 Stencil
3-5 Mounted in Metal
China Jewel
3-5 Mounted in Metal
China Jewel
3-5 Metal Rimmed
3-5 Metal Rimmed
3-5 Mounted in Metal
Drum with china center
3-5 Mounted in Metal
Drum with china center
3-5 Shapes
Linear - Square
3-5 Shapes
Linear - Square
3-5 Shapes
Contour* - Cone
3-5 Shapes
Contour* - Cone
3-5 Shapes
Contour* - Ball
3-5 Shapes
Contour* - Ball
3-5 Shapes Linear - Scalloped Edge
3-5 Shapes Linear - Scalloped Edge
3-5 Shapes
"Realistic"
3-5 Shapes
"Realistic"
3-5 Unlisted Rare large size luster (1-1/2")
From Bapterosses factory disposal area in Briare, France. See reference 8.
3-5 Unlisted Rare large size luster (1-1/2")
From Bapterosses factory disposal area in Briare, France. See reference 8.

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* China Buttons Worksheet in Excel