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Button card

Button card

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1910-1920 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Plastic and metal

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss Jane Gregory

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Button card containing five 'simplex' brand buttons made of black plastic. The buttons are in two parts - a pierced black flat plate and a stud with shank. Directions printed on the card inform the user to pierce the fabric with a stiletto, insert the stud and then press the flat button onto the stud. The front of the card is printed with instructions for use and mottoes 'Once used Always Used', 'Will never come off', 'Insist on having them on your clothes' and 'Made in England'. The back advertises 'The Penny card'.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1910-1920 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Plastic and metal

Marks and inscriptions

'Once used Always Used'
Printed on the front in black on pale blue

'Will never come off'
Printed on the front in black on pale blue

'Insist on having them on your clothes'
Printed on the front in black on pale blue

'Made in England'
Printed on the front in black on pale blue

'The Penny card of 'Simplex' Buttons (covered backs)'
On the back

'... buttons can be put on by anyone without ... machine and in a tenth the time taken (with other buttons) ... For Bachelors, Travellers and everybody'
On the back


Length: 4 in card size, Width: 2.75 in card size, Length: 10 cm card size, Width: 7 cm card size, Diameter: 0.625 in button, Diameter: 1.5 cm button, Diameter: 0.375 in stud head, Diameter: 1 cm stud head

Object history note

Registered File number 1986/350. Part of a collection of threads and sewing accessories used by the aunt of the donor.

Descriptive line

Button card containing five 'simplex' brand plastic buttons, made in England, 1910-1920


Plastic; Metal


Needlework accessories


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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