Button collectors sponsoring May 11 show and sale

TITUSVILLE, N.J. — Buttons made of every material – enamel, china, glass, shell horn, ivory, rubber and burwood – will be on display and for sale at the New Jersey State Button Society (NJSBS) Spring Show and Competition on Saturday, May 11, 2013, at the Union

Gingham pattern China button (Photo courtesy Button Country)

Gingham pattern China button (Photo courtesy Button Country)

Fire Company fire hall, 1396 River Rd. (Route 29), Titusville, NJ 08560, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $2 for adults at the door, free for juniors to age 17.

The NJSBS show is held twice a year for New Jersey and Tri-State button enthusiasts who enjoy the artwork and history of buttons, including their manufacture and design.

“Our shows attract quilters, crafters, antique collectors, reenactors and those seeking special buttons to wear,” says Lillian Buirkle, president of the 71-year-old organization.

Johnson Frazier, a button historian and dealer, will present a 1:30 p.m. program, “Banners on Buttons,” showcasing buttons that display ribbons and flags in their designs, some as early as the 18th century, along with a brief history about the buttons pictured. Throughout the day there will be a variety of activities, including the judging of button trays entered into competition, an educational display of buttons worn on gloves and a button raffle.

Celluloid button (Photo courtesy Button Country)

Celluloid button (Photo courtesy Button Country)

The fall show will be Saturday, September 7, at the same location. The Union Fire Co. & Rescue Squad building is located at the intersection of Route 29 and Park Lake Avenue in Titusville, opposite the Delaware River and D&R Canal State Park (within easy access to the canal park), a half-mile north of Washington Crossing State Park in Hopewell Township, and some five miles south of Lambertville and New Hope, Pa.

For more information, contact Lillian Buirkle at 732-691-1776, buttonlady@optonline.net, or visit http://newjerseystatebuttonsociety.org.

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