A while back, when I decided to make my button clock, I asked my mum if she knew where the tin of Nanna’s buttons were.
Nanna was my great-grandmother – and I remember playing with this tin full of buttons when I was a little girl. See, when Nanna died, she left pretty much everything to my mum – my parents have a house-full of gorgeous antique furniture to show for it.
And the buttons.
Mum couldn’t find the tin at the time, but we found a smaller sewing tin in the old Singer, which had enough buttons to make my clock.
Then, the other week, while cleaning out my old bedroom and other cupboards in the house (my grandmother – mum’s mum and Nanna’s daughter – is moving in with us) mum finally found the tin!
It is full of button-treasure… so I wanted to photograph them and share them with you all. There are lots more that I haven’t included here, but this is most of the really interesting ones.
I wonder how many years it took her to amass this collection. Where did all these buttons come from?
I’ll never know… but I’ll enjoy looking at them – and hopefully giving them a new life – during the years to come.