Button Country

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


Copyright © 2012 All Rights Reserved.

There is something about a box, jar or can of old buttons that fascinates young and old, alike.  More than a few of us have become avid button collectors as a result.  

The initial idea for this website emerged when Paul Rice joined the Peach State Button Club to find out more about his grandmother’s buttons.  Paul and the club members agreed on a vision for a website that focused on educating new collectors on matters related to identifying and classifying their buttons. After thousands of hours and with help from collectors all over the country, the site has blossomed into a comprehensive visual resource that is based on the adage that "a picture is worth a thousand words"

Button Country incorporates several types of resources to help beginners and novices identify and appreciate their buttons:

Join the Fun - learn more about the NBS and the many state and local button clubs and events.

Fun Facts - includes Useful Tips and is especially for those who want to know more about button history and common terms and general facts

Button Section Pages (A Visual Guide to Classifying Buttons) - contains more than 6000 images of buttons and button related specialties that visually illustrate our classification system. The National Button Society (NBS) Classification System is organized in easy-to-follow outline form.  The system classifies buttons according to age, use, materials and pictorial subjects. Downloadable Worksheets are available for most categories.

Special Topics - features educational and fun articles on buttons as well as the actual patents for more than one hundred 19th century button inventions.

Educational Links - provides one-click access to other helpful button related websites.

This website will be under re-construction for the next year (approx. mid 2020). Some sections seem "completed", however the updates will not be finished until the end of the re-construction, therefore, they may not be perfectly in sync with the NBS Blue Book until that time. In the meantime the first revisions will be completed every week, so come back

The buttons and Button Related Devices used for this website may not be the best or most deluxe examples. Paul Rice used examples available to him at the time of designing this website.


Explore Button Country

Visit the Button Section Pages

to see how buttons are classified by the National Button Society

The Button Section Pages menu

lets you focus on a specific button type including "printable" PDF worksheets

for many types.

Visit  Button Related Specialities

in the Button Sections Page to view buckles, studs, Netsuke and more.

Check out the Fun Facts Page for tips

and trivia for button collectors.

Explore Special Topics to see an

overview of 19th Century button

patents and more.

Visit the Links age to find

other websites that contain

educational information

Learn more about the National Button Society and the web of  local, state and international button clubs on the

Join The Fun Page


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

How To Explore Button Country:

Click the links at the top of the page to navigate to other pages

then click links in red boxes on the right of a page to navigate

to other pages related to that topic and related worksheets.

Slide show instructions are at the top of each page

that features one.