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I recently purchased 10 pounds of vintage buttons. The seller said they were old, but I didn't realize just how old they were. There were many yellow and brown toned buttons that I am pretty sure used to be white.
There were buttons ripped off of old clothes, and the small ripped pieces of fabric definitely looked to be from decades past. There were a few that had cracked apart.
Are my pins worth anything?
It looked like they somehow disintegrated and they had broken off in these weird clumps. There were some that were glass, cloth-covered, metal and lots and lots of them made from plastic. Needless to say, I have been on a mission to identify and learn about the materials these buttons are made of, and I've learned lots of great stuff!Vintage Pin Collection -- mystery box Opening Hundreds of old pins
I figured it was a perfect time to write a vintage button article. I have always thought buttons were darling and I LOVE using them in craft projects, but I really wanted to be for sure that I didn't ruin any buttons that may be of value plus I wanted to know the proper way to clean them. I am sharing with you in this guide, everything I've learned recently while researching antique buttons.
Celluloid was the very first man made plastic but it wasn't completely synthetic. In the mid 's, a British Chemist named Alexander Parkes developed celluloid using cellulose which is derivative of plants, more specifically wood and cotton fibers. Celluloid buttons became very popular during the late s through the s.
They can be opaque, transparent or both and they come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Some had metal on the back. Some Celluloids were made to imitate other materials like wood and ivory.
Celluloid buttons made to imitate ivory were called Ivoroid. These buttons were used until the s and by that time other buttons were becoming popular. After Celluloid there was another plastic invented by the name of Casein or Galalith which was made from a milk protein Casein and formaldehyde which Celluloid buttons were also made from.
Though it made great buttons there was one downside to Celluoid plastic. The substance is flammable. To tell if a button is Celluloid, run it under hot water and then smell it.Forums New posts Search forums. What's new New posts New media New media comments Latest activity. Photos New photos New comments Search media. Disney World. Disney Cruise. Log in Register. Search titles only. Search Advanced search…. New posts.
Vintage Button Guide: Ways to Identify Antique Buttons
Joined May 27, Hi, Just wondering what are the top ten most expensive or valuable Disney Pins right now? What do you think these top pins are and what prices have you seen people pay for them?
FYI: We just trade pins for fun. Only have So really just asking what the most expensive pins are just for fun. We just tade the 10 pins we have over and over so our daughter can have some fun.
Joined Aug 9, PinCrazed Mouseketeer.
Joined Mar 19, The 45 year service pin is most "common" of the expensive pins. They are extremely tough to get. There are pins out there given to board executives and upper level Disney management that are LE 20 that I have heard of but never seen. So I suppose that is just a rumor until I actually see one with my own eyes.
Joined Oct 16, Jewellery prices have been rising in recent years as investors move away from stocks and shares into more tangible commodities like diamonds, gemstones and collectable pieces. One lady brought in a 4. And one man from East Anglia brought in a bright green bangle for valuation. Try to gather as much information as possible as to where the piece came from. Look for original receipts, fitted cases, letters or notes giving an idea of where it was purchased, when and by whom.
Does it have UK hallmarks — stamps that when read together tell you the city, date, precious metal content of the piece? Perhaps it has other marks like letters or stamps. French marks are a sign that the piece is good quality as some of the best period jewellery was made in France. The difference in value is huge. A cultured pearl necklace is worth a few hundred pounds at auction; its natural counterpart comes in at several thousand pounds.
Know your gems. Check out colourless gems. Modern diamond cuts are very precise but older cuts are lumpier and less precise. There has been a huge increase in the value of coloured gems rubies, sapphires and emeralds. Look for strong, bright colours and good transparency. They are rare and demand is huge. Just because a jewel may not be to your taste does not mean it is not valuable.
Jewellery goes through fads and fashions at auction and something that was out of fashion a few years ago might now be on the up. For example, jewellery made in the s and s is now collected widely.
If a jewel looks highly unusual it might well be a unique, one of a kind piece and therefore carries a premium. It could be by an artist jeweller, a craftsman who did not work for a big jewellery organisation. The very best jewellery has been crafted to an excellent finish on all sides of the piece, not just the front part which people see.
Look at the back and underneath too. You can visit its regional offices in the North East, Yorkshire, Humberside, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and North Derbyshire but by appointment only.
For local services, go to the Institute of Registered Valuers.Things we might think are so valuable can be worth mere dollars, and others that look like a simple chain are worth thousands.
One of the first things you can do when you acquire a new piece of jewelry is to look for hallmarks. These markings are usually located on the clasp of a necklace, the inside of a ring or bracelet, or the post of an earring. Common gold hallmarks include 18K, 14K, 10K, Common silver hallmarks includeSilver,Sterling.
Any of these hallmarks should be appraised for authenticity. These hallmarks indicate your jewelry is a piece of costume jewelry and is not very valuable. If your item looks new but does not have any hallmarks at all, your item is likely just costume jewelry. This is especially important when you are assessing chains and bangles. Generally gold and silver are heavier metals than their fake counterparts like brass and pewter. If you find a thicker gold chain that feels much lighter than a similar gold chain you have, the chain is likely fake or hollow gold.
Fake chains feel fake. Solid gold jewelry is very smooth, heavy and consistent throughout. This is not the case for white gold. Some higher quality costume jewelry uses prongs just like in fine jewelry, but a lot of the stones are glued into place. If you have a cameo brooch that looks like it is glued into the setting with no prongs holding it in, this is likely costume jewelry and not valuable.
These pieces can sometimes be as valuable as pieces of fine jewelry. It is important to be sure the piece is vintage, in good shape, and has a lot of brightly colored clean stones all set with prongs.
Read More.Trading baseball pins is a tradition almost as old as the sport itself. But nowhere in the world is trading more popular than in Cooperstown, New York.
Known for the Baseball Hall of Fame and their elite youth facilities, Cooperstown is also known for the huge baseball trading scene. Every youth team who comes to play in Cooperstown brings their own unique team pin.
The pins are then traded between the teams. This is a fun way for the teams to get to know each other, learn where the other teams are from, and then end up with a unique collection of pins to take home with them. Trading baseball pins can be a great venture for sports fanatics, and those looking to make a buck. Here are some pins to hold on to for the future. The rarest of all sports pins are the baseball press pins. Beforethere was a problem with managers particularly the Giants manager John McGraw bringing their friends into the games and letting them sit in the press box.
The sportswriters banded together and made the Baseball Writers Association. One new requirement to be allowed in the press box was you had to have an official press pin.
There are only three known pins from this series. As you would expect, is also a hot year for press pins. The teams that played that year were the Giants and the Boston Red Sox.
This was also the first year that Fenway Park opened in Boston and as you know, the Red Sox are still playing there. The Yankees arguably had one of the best teams ever that year. Their roster included greats such as Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth. Topps produced a set of 60 player pins, 11 of which are now Hall of Famers. Inthe set cost a nickel to buy.Login or Sign Up. Logging in Remember me. Log in. Forgot password or user name? Please log in.
To view all of our exciting discussions about Disney and other theme parks worldwide, please log in or Sign Up Now! Happy Chatting! Get Away Today. This topic is closed. Posts Latest Activity. Page of 1. Filtered by:. Previous template Next. Does anyone know of any websites where I can find out how much my pins could be worth? Tags: None. Re: how to determine pin value ebay is the best place. It's the only place I know of to check values. Go to the advanced search engine and place your search and make sure to only include closed listings only.
Tomart's guide is a pin book with "ok" value prices. Pins fluxuate so much the book is out of date once it is printed.Helaine Fendelman knows her antiques. Sinceshe's appraised more than 1, items in "What Is It?
What Is It Worth? Now, the New York City appraiser is looking back and reevaluating 40 of the most memorable objects from years' past. Here are Fendelman's 40 most memorable antiques worth money, from antique furniture, art, collectibles, antique toys, dishes, and more.
This beautiful piece of designer luggage appeared in Fendelman's very first column for Country Living in This cowboy-covered lunch box is now worth less than a fourth of its original appraised value, but we still love the Western theme. This might be one toy you don't let your kids play with. After 31 years, this mechanical bank was appraised for more than six times its original value. This vintage horse print would look perfect in any room boasting a farmhouse -inspired aesthetic.
This jacket was made by Bonnie Cashinone of the originators of American sportswear. She also created uniforms for women fighting in World War II. This delicate design was originally called the "bulb" pattern. Copy the classic look with the budget-friendly cornflower print found on Corningware's recently re-launched collection.
We're not sure how useful this sprinkler would be today, but the duck design is pretty cute and that updated price tag is pretty impressive. This antique stove is quite a bit bulkier and much more intricate than today's models, but it will no doubt make a statement in your home. Rand McNally, a company founded way back instill makes maps today. We certainly wouldn't be using this antique —which has surprisingly retained its value over the years—for its intended purpose.
Although they've decreased in value by nearly 50 percent, these spoons are still stunning. We'd love to have our coffee or tea served from this floral painted pot. Fendelman says Saleman's Samples pieces that have original parts are very valuable.
Although this device was originally used for nails, it could hold a variety of trinkets.