Boxes of buttons (2), cardboard / plastic / cotton / ink, boxes made by John Dewhurst & Sons Ltd, England, used by Ron and Maxwell Gillman, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia, 1918-2003
Two boxes of buttons. The buttons are not in their original packaging. Both boxes are made of white cardboard. They have removable lids. There is a decorative label on top of the lids. Text printed on the label is: 'DEWHURST'S', 'SYLKO', 'MACHINE TWIST', 'FAST COLOUR', 'MADE IN GREAT BRITAIN', 'THE THREE SHELLS BRAND', 'JOHN DEWHURST & SONS LTD', 'BELLE VUE MILLS SKIPTON', 'PHILADELPHIA 1876', 'PARIS 1878', 'FRANKFURT A/M 1881', 'AMSTERDAM 1883' and CALCUTTA 1883-84'.
On an end of one of the boxes lid is a label that says: 'DEWHURST'S', 'SYLKO', 'MACHINE TWIST', 'FAST COLOUR 36' and '1oz 28.3 GRAMME REELS ½ LB 227 GRAMMES NET'. On the other end of the box lid is another label. It says: 'ARTICLE No. E027', '8 REELS EACH 1 oz. (28.3 GRMS)' and 'COTTON THREAD'. On this end a button has been sewn on with thread. The button is the same as the ones inside. Inside this box are twenty eight buttons that are all the same. They are navy blue and made of plastic. They have four holes at their centre. There is also a piece of card inside that's red on one side and plain on the other. There is hand writing on the red side in pen and pencil.
On one end of the other boxes lid is a label that says: 'DEWHURST'S', 'SYLKO', 'MACHINE TWIST', 'FAST COLOR' and '1oz'. This label is partly missing. There is a piece of thread hanging loose, presumably it would have had a button sewn on it. On the other end of the box lid is another label. It says: 'ARTICLE No. E027' and '8 REELS EACH 1 oz. (28.3 GRMS)'. One one end of the base of the box is a label that says: 'D.14 BLACK'. Inside the box is a small plain white box with no lid. On one end '143', '3', '34' and 'Grs 1' is marked. There are fifty six buttons in this smaller box. All buttons are two shades of brown. There are fifty five buttons of the one size and one smaller button. Loose inside the larger box are twenty four buttons. Twenty two are the larger size button and there is one of the smaller type. There is one other button that's a similar colour with a rounded back rather than a flat back that the others have. All buttons are plastic and have four holes at their centre.