PA State button society

PA State Spring Show

You are cordially invited to:

The Pennsylvania State Button Society

Spring Show

May 5th and 6th, 2018

Theme: “All Aboard The Button Train”

Hosted by The Pennsylvania Dutch Button Club

Saturday Evening Program: Pennsylvania Railroads & Altoona’s Horseshoe Curve”

Presented by Johnson Frazier

Location:

Altoona Grand Hotel
1 Sheraton Drive
Altoona, PA 16601
Phone: (814) 946-1631

www.altoonagrandhotel.com

Special Show Rates:
$99.00 + tax per night
Deadline for reservation: Before April 5th, 2018

Showroom hours

Saturday:  9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Sunday: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Sunday Breakfast and Meeting

Breakfast reservations are $11.00

Make checks payable to: Pennsylvania State Button Society

Please send check by April 21st to:

Ella Vollenweider

50 Shea Drive

Mohnton, PA 19540-9273

Registration and Collection of Door Prizes:

Star Button Club

Raffle and Distribution of Door Prizes:

Alpha and Omega Button Club

All clubs are responsible for Two Door Prizes

PA State Spring Show Competition

Pennsylvania State Button Society Spring 2018 Competition Awards

DIV II — uniform buttons

1. Cl. 1-11.2-1. 20 Any. Land transportation specialized to U.S. Rail.
Pennsylvania Dutch Button Club. $10, $6, $4.

In this award use buttons that represent United States rail companies that operate on, above, or below ground. Include a variety of metals as well as construction types. Labeling the company and features of the button will assist the judeges.

DIV IX — Age not considered – includes buttons eligible in Div. I and/or Div. III, regardless of age. No age balance is implied; may include all modern or all old unless specified otherwise in the award.

2. Cl. 1-0–15.0. 20 Any. Assorted materials with rhinestone/paste OME. Choose buttons that are BLING.
Star Button Club. $10, $6, $4.

Choose a variety of materials that accentuate the use of rhinestones or pastes that create a “bling of diamonds”. Although bling is not a precise or percentage term, if the “diamonds” shine, then include the button. Consider some of the enamel with large pastes in the border and others of assorted materials like these. While most of the buttons you will find will be white metal, labeling the other materials will assist the judges. Colored pastes/rhinestones may be used.

3. Cl. 3-0. Small. China assorted.
Alpha and Omega Button Club. $3, $2, $1.

Use the Classification Blue Book to include examples of back types, body styles, colors, decorative designs, decorative finishes, and unlisted examples. Labeling what each of the 42 buttons represents would be helpful to the judges. This award calls for 42 small buttons.

4. Cl. 3-4.3. 25 Any. China specialized to buttons with luster on the surface. Try for as many luster colors as possible, applied to a variety of body colors. For Briare, France.
Jane Quimby. $8, $6, $4.

This award requires metallic lusters, a decorative finish. On page 38 of the Blue Book, it is stated that the luster may fully or partially cover the button. The three main lusters are gold, silver, and aurora (iridescent) which are metallic or opaque and shiny. Copper is a luster but rarely used on china. For this award also choose a variety of body colors. Labeling the luster and other features of the button including the body color would assist the judges.

5. Cl. 6-7.2. 20 Any. Specialized to black glass with rhinestone/paste OME.
Susquehanna Button Club. $10, $6, $4.

Choose black glass buttons that have a rhinestone/paste OME and represent the black glass classification. Try to choose buttons with a varying number of pastes from one through as many as you can find. Labeling the features of the button, including backmark and classification, would assist the judges.

6. Cl. 14-9. 25 Any. Wood working methods assorted. Include examples of all four sub-sections, as well as the four pictorial sections and a pattern. In honor of the woods where we live.
Jane Quimby. $15, $10, $5.

This award requires wood buttons that demonstrate either pyrography; carved, turned/lathed, or laser cut; pierced; or pressed. In addition, choose buttons that show animal life, objects, plant life, and other pictorials, as well as one pattern. Consider decorative finishes, OME, and shapes. Label a backmark, a usage, or a verbal, if you use any of these.

7. Cl. 16-0–20-0. 20 Any. Pictorials specialized to celluloid. No limit on realistics.
Star Button Club. $10, $6, $4.

Choose 20 buttons for this award that represent the classification of celluloid AND are pictorials–animal life, plant life, objects, and other pictorials. Try to represent all four pictorial sections equally to have a balanced tray. Label a backmark if you include one. There is no limit on the realistics you may use.

8. Cl. 19-2. 25 Any. Specialized to Spring Flowers. (Roses may be included.) Do not use more than 5 realistics or 5 studio.
Red Rose Button Society. $10, $6, $4.

Choose buttons that show spring flowers including roses. You many only use five studios and five realistics. The button may show one flower or a bundle of flowers. Look for assorted materials, decorative finishes, OME, usage, verbal, and shapes. If you include a backmark, label it. While the award does not call for identification of the flowers, try for 25 different spring flowers. Google spring flowers to see many examples of species for your choice. labeling would assist the judges.

9. Cl. 20-3 and 20-4. 20 Any. Specialized to men and/or boys doing an activity. Other children and babies allowed as long as they are not the main focus. No women allowed. Label activity and anything else helpful to the judges. Must be doing an activity. Div. II allowed.
Sheila Brudno. $10, $6, $4.

In this award choose buttons with men and/or boys only doing an ACTIVITY. Try for 20 different activities and 20 different materials. Choose buttons with groups as well as solitary figures. Include a variety of decorative finishes, OME, shapes, usage, and verbals. Include a backmark and label it. Label the activities and anything else helpful to the judges. Include only four studios and four realistics. NOTE: You may use a Div II (uniform) button if you would like.

10. Cl. 20-3 and 20-4. 20 Any. Specialized to women and/or girls doing an activity. Other children and babies allowed as long as they are not the main focus. No men allowed. Label activity and anything else helpful to the judges. Must be doing an activity. Div. II allowed.
Sheila Brudno. $10, $6, $4.

In this award choose buttons with women and/or girls only doing an ACTIVITY. Try for 20 different activities and 20 different materials. Choose buttons with groups as well as solitary figures. Include a variety of decorative finishes, OME, shapes, usage, and verbals. Include a backmark and label it. Label the activities and anything else helpful to the judges. Include only four studios and four realistics. NOTE: You may use a Div II (uniform) button if you would like.

11. Cl. 22-1 (label) + 22-2. 25 Any. Patterns, Symbols. Assorted materials.
Alpha and Omega Button Club. $3, $2, $1.

Review page 57-60 of the Classification Blue Book in preparation for this award. Choose buttons that fit as many of the patterns and symbols as possible; try for 25 different ones. Verbally label each example. In each choice there can be no element of a pictorial on the button. Including a pictorial would disqualify the tray. Include a variety of decorative finishes, OME, and shapes. Include a backmark and label it. Include no more than five realistics and five studio buttons.

12. Cl. 22-2.1 Letter/Word (verbal). 20 Any. Look for different languages and materials. Translation not required. Label language, material and anything else that may be helpful to the judges. Div. II allowed.
Sheila Brudno. $10, $6, $4.

Choose buttons that have a language on the front of the button, no matter the language or whether it is really a language. NOTE: The award requires labeling of the language or what language the symbols look like, the materials, and other features. These can include decorative finish, OME, shapes, usage, Div II and backmark.

13. Cl. 25-6.1.2. 25 Any. Overall specialized to wobble shanks.
Pennsylvania Dutch Button Club. $10, $6, $4.

Choose 25 overall buttons that have a metal U-shaped shank that may or may not wobble (fold over/move), inserted in the back of t he button. Do not include rigid shank in this award. Choose examples that have brand names; pictorial; and verbal (letter, word), numerical. Include colors in cutouts and other examples, labeling to assist the judges although it is not required. Label a backmark if one is present.

President’s Award

14. Div. IX. Cl. 1-0–15-0. 20 Any. Buttons specialized to black with white or white with black. Clambroth is acceptable but ivory or cream is not.
Nancy Fink. $25, $15, $10.

In this award choose buttons that are black with white or white/clambroth with black. No other colors may be used as decorative finishes. Buttons may have OME that may have color. The impact of the button must be black and white. So, and enamel that appears black and white, perhaps with a steel or paste border even if colored, would be acceptable. If another color enamel were included, it would not be acceptable. Think of buffed celluloid, black and white glass, and black or white bodied chinas. Include shapes and OME, as well as a backmark. Label the backmark.

Molly Pitcher Memorial Awards
If you have won first place as an individual, you cannot participate in the next two competitions.
If you have won first place as a club, you cannot participate in the next competition.

CLUB AWARD

15. Div IX. Cl. 20-1. 20 Any. Specialized to identifiable landmarks or structures. Labeling required.
$50, $30, $20.

Choose 20 different identifiable landmarks or structures; each must be labeled. Choose 20 different materials. Consider shapes, OME, decorative finishes, a verbal, and usage. Include a backmark and label it.

INDIVIDUAL AWARD

16. Div IX. Cl. 20-10. 20 Any. Specialized to identifiable heads. Labeling required.
$50, 30, $20.

Choose 20 different identifiable people’s heads; each must be labeled. The buttons cannot show more than the head, neck and upper torse, ending above the waist. Choose 20 different materials. Consider a balance of men, women, and children, as well as ethnicity. Consider shapes, OME, decorative finishes, a verbal, and usage. include a backmark and label it.
 

Mount as You Please/Creative Mounting – must be mounted on 9 x 12 card and enclosed in standard size frame or sleeve. TO BE JUDGED BY POPULAR VOTE

17. Steampunk.
Pennsylvania Dutch Button Club. $10, $6, $4.

Think Jules Verne and H. G. Wells. Steampunk is a genre of science fiction or fantasy where designs are inspired by nineteenth century machinery.

PA State Fall Show

October 20th and 21st, 2018

Pennsylvania State Button Society Fall Show

Theme:
“Dragons & Wyverns & Griffins Oh My!”

Lancaster, PA
 

PA State Fall Show Competition

Pennsylvania State Button Society Fall 2018 Competition Awards

DIV IX — Age not considered – includes buttons eligible in Div. I and/or Div. III, regardless of age. No age balance is implied; may include all modern or all old unless specified otherwise in the award.

1. Cl. 1-0 through 15-0. 25 Any. Assorted materials specialized to “Things with Wings”.
Pennsylvania Dutch Button Club. $5, $3, $2.

Notes: This is an assorted material award, therefore materials are primary. Choose as many different materials as you can find. Things implies that all the buttons need to be pictorials. Try to cover as many pictorial classes as possible. Things need not fly. The standard 20% limit on Realistics and Studios allows up to 5 each.

2. Cl. 14-0. 30 Any. Wood.
Alpha and Omega Button Club. $5, $3, $2.

Notes: Include as many classes and subclasses as possible. Try to cover the 4 pictorial sections, and label a backmark for an additional point. Labeling is not required, but strongly suggested to help the judges.

3. Cl. 17-4.1 and 17-5. 20 Any. 10 spiders and 10 bats. No limit on realistics or studios.
Susquehanna Button Club. $10, $6, $4.

Notes: Look for multiples and activities. Select as many different materials as possible. Look for DFs and OMEs.

4. Cl. 18-11 and 20-17. 25 Any. Sports, Game Equipment and Pastimes/Games/Sports. Assorted materials. No limit on realistics or studios.
Red Rose Button Society. $10, $6, $4.

Notes: This award includes 2 sections – sports and game equipment as objects (no people) and people interacting in Sports/Games. Try to cover as many different sports as possible, since that is the focus of the award. Second, look for as many different materials, DFs and OMEs as possible. Labeling could be beneficial to the judges.

5. Cl. 20-1. 20 Any. Architectural Structures specialized to castles.
Star Button Club. $10, $6, $4.

Notes: The focus of this award is castles. If you have identifiable ones, please label for additional points. Look for different materials, DFs and OMEs. The standard 20% limit on realistics and studios is in place on this award. As always, label backmarks, and consider shapes as well.

Mount as You Please, Judged by Popular Vote

6. Div IX. Cl. 20-7. Fabulous Creatures. Must have at least one of each: Dragon, Wyvern and Griffon.
Star Button Club.

Molly Pitcher Memorial Awards
If you have won first place as an individual, you cannot participate in the next two competitions.
If you have won first place as a club, you cannot participate in the next competition.

CLUB AWARD

7. Div IX. Cl. 1-0 through 15-5. 20 Any. Assorted Materials. Must be mounted and labeled in Class order.
$50, $30, $20.

This award requires you to label in class order. Materials must be labeled correctly or you will be disqualified. Remember to also label a backmark, cover the 4 pictorial sections, consider shapes and sew through. Remember that even though different metals count as different materials, do not overload with any one section. The exception is Class 15, since unlisted materials all count. This is a challenging award and would make a great study project for your club.

INDIVIDUAL AWARD

8. Div I. cL 21-3. Pictorial Summary (Secs. 17 through 20) Large. Specialized to Brass. Must label and mount in Class Order.
$50, 30, $20.

This is another challenging award, since labeling is required and must be correct. Try to cover as many whole number classes as possible (i.e., Don’t overload with mammals but rather look for bird, mammal, fish, insect, reptile). The exception is Objects where the unlisted class can be used as different objects. Look for brass buttons with OME, original tints, shapes, sew through, label backmark and consider usage.