Welcome to our button site! We are beginning to sell some of the button collection my mother, Elizabeth Loofbourrow, built and enjoyed for 30 years. This site is a work in progress - so check back often to see new information and what items we have placed on e-Bay or Etsy for sale. In the mean time, here is some of Mom's history:
Elizabeth passed in December, 2014
Elizabeth was creative since childhood. As a young adult she became an accomplished pianist and organist as well as an award-winning painter. Her creativity was called upon by the community and church as she raised a family, maintained a large home and struggled with health issues. Later in life she channeled her talent into a variety of crafts. Building upon her seamstress and needlework skills, she took up embroidery, learning the Oriental style from a local master. When she and her husband (71 years) moved to the Gold Country foothills, she found great joy in ceramic doll making. Although she applied her artistic skills to the painting of the porcelain faces, she soon gravitated to the dressing of the dolls in beautiful outfits. She became widely known in the doll community, becoming a sought-after award-winning doll costumer for several years.
In the development of her doll costumes, she began to acquire antique materials to make the dresses, hats, shoes and accessories in authentic designs. This sparked and rekindled her love for buttons. Beyond their utilitarian use on doll dresses and coats, she found so many interesting and novel buttons. She began to collect them in earnest as she invested in rare, unique, and beautiful buttons found throughout history and the world. Of course, she wasn't content to leave them sitting in trays or stuck away in binders or filing cabinets. She put them to work decorating the walls of her home in artistic displays! This became all the more passionate when she also fell in love with antique lace, ribbon, trims and fabrics - combining them all into unique works of art.
It is these displays that we have begun to release for sale. At 89 years old, she enjoyed these displays for almost 30 years; but the time for downsizing has come. Over the next several months the family is taking on the project to catalog, photograph and present her huge collection of displays for sale. Even if you are not interested in buying one, we hope you will find enjoyment in the diversity and beauty of these lovely items.
Over time we will also release other collections, such as extensive antique lace, Santa Claus figurines, dolls and designer doll clothes, and art glass.
Thank you for visiting our site. If you have any questions or are a more serious collector or dealer who would like to consider a group purchase, please contact us.