Below is a list of categories from which you can choose a favorite "T" or "U" button(s) to bring for "Show 'N Tell." If there is not a website link with the description, you can try google-ing the term and add the word "images" to find photos of the type. Also look for Teacups, Trees, Tigers, Tabbies, Underwear, etc. Look especially for "sew-through" buttons for our card activity.
Tally-Ho Buttons: Refers most commonly to sporting buttons, more specifically, hunting.
Tapa Cloth Buttons: Buttons made from this soft bark of the paper mulberry tree or bread nut tree that grow on the South Sea Islands. Most sold at tourists shops. Shades of brown and size ranges from 1/2” to an inch.
Tapestry Buttons: The woven cloth found on buttons that are sometimes called “Tapestry” were made on Jacquard looms.
Teardrop Buttons: The teardrop refers to the small mound on the top of mostly molded “Reflector” glass buttons. The mound is also called a dewdrop. www.etsystudio.com/listing/265911088/chartreuse-fancy-dew-drop-czech-glass
Thread Back Buttons: Crisscross black, brown or white threads are wound over the cup-shaped back to create a shank. Then a stiff cardboard was inserted under threads to keep them tight. The button front was secured to the back with a roll or rim. Buttons types with thread backs include: tole, crystallized tin, stamped gilt, inlay, glass, metal pictures, beaded fabrics and lithographs. Made from 1820 to 1900. Threads are old now and are extremely fragile or gone.
Thread Center Buttons: Buttons with center design made of threads. Found mostly in glass and vegetable ivory buttons. www.etsystudio.com/listing/281392930/5-green-buttons-with-thread-center
Tin Buttons: Tin was used to cover the fronts and backs of buttons in the 19th century to help prevent rusting. Very thin coating often has worn off.
Tingue Buttons: Glass buttons (of all colors) with a small piece of gold or silver set into a cavity created for it on the top of the button. A faceted piece of clear glass that had been “flashed” with red, blue or green coloring, was placed overtop. The button bodies are usually faceted, too, and all have self-shanks. Ball, domed, octagon and square shapes. (Senator) Tingue Button Collection: 90,000 buttons made in the 1800s were given to Senator Tingue through a promotion in 1886. Now all reside in Connecticut State Museum.
Tinsel Trim Buttons: Shell, vegetable ivory, composition and glass buttons were drilled to make cylindrical holes that were then filled with adhesive and then powdered with fine tinsel, which sunk below the level of the button where it was somewhat protected. Many are now found without tinsel or tinsel that lost its shine.
Tintype Buttons: Button discs were covered with a ferrotype “print” and then rimmed. First made around 1860. Men wore the picture buttons of their mothers, wives or sweethearts. www.thebuttonmonger.com/tintype-post-mortem-1-1-2/
Toggle Buttons: Known as “Link Buttons” the shanks include an attached round link, which commonly was used to link buttons. Mostly worn on European mens’ coats and breeches beginning in the 1700’s.
Tole Buttons: Tole means “ sheet iron” in French, which now in button “talk” refers to buttons having metal disks that were first tinned and then decorated with lacquered designs and finished with a brass rim to hold the front and back together. Sometimes collectors call all metal buttons treated with lacquer, toles. Often found badly scratched.
Tombac Buttons: Tombac is a variety of brass from which mostly large, one-piece buttons were made. Some were hand-stamped and some were cast in domed or concave shapes. Others were decorated with gilt or brass designs. r.ebay.com/lMrO2c
Tortoiseshell Buttons: Shell that comes from hawksbill turtles. Tortoiseshell is harder and more brittle and less fibrous than ordinary horn. All these buttons were handmade through a laborious process involving scraping, layering numerous pieces and heated under pressure. Very few made in USA. Tortoise shell has also been used to decorate other buttons. www.etsy.com/listing/226437060/antique-buttons-made-of-tortoise-shell?show_sold_out_detail=1
Townsend, Irma Buttons: Ms. Townsend hand-shaped ceramic buttons with molded raised designs. They were sold by George E. Adams, consequently they are also called “Adams” buttons. Very few have her initials.
Transfer Buttons: Refers to adding a design to a button like adding a decal to an object. Porcelain and shell most commonly are seen with transfers. They can resemble fine painting, if done well.
Transportation Buttons: Buttons made for uniforms, including coats, vests and sleeves. Some stock patterns were used (brakeman’s, trainman’s, conductor’s, gripper’s, baggageman’s) that could be used by any company but most companies had their own designs. www.ebid.net/us/for-sale/british-railways-uniform-buttons-set-of-3-vintage-buttons-163251307.htm
Transportation Design Buttons: Modes of transportation depicted on buttons. Automobiles are most common. Age of vehicle does not necessarily relate to when button was made. Buttons of many different materials.
Trifles Buttons: Buttons that were made of a cheap grade of pewter.
Tunbridge Tunnery Buttons: Polychromatic woodwork used in 20th century to make buttons. Tunbridge is a small town in England. M.E. Brown, of California, was later able to duplicate the process to create inlay buttons similar to the early Tunbridges.
Turn-again Buttons: Describes a design that is the same when it is turned. (Like an ink blot bleed when a paper is folded.) The designs are scare and the term is seldom used.
Turner Buttons: Buttons designed with four reputations of the letter “F” — the sign of health in Germany — Frisch (fresh), Fromm (loyal), Froh (happy) and Frei (free). Made around 1911 for an athletic/gymnastics group. Some found on black glass.
Underglass Buttons: Metal buttons with glass centers and designs under the glass. Mostly made in late 19th or early 20th centuries. These cuplike buttons were usually made of brass and had self-shanks or wires. The transparent, clear or colored glass was sometimes domed or flat with built-up sides. The designs under the glass can be made of a variety of materials.
Uniform Buttons: The range of uniform buttons for collecting is extensive. It includes military, government, transportation, protection, societies, institutions and more.
United Confederate Veteran Buttons: These buttons have a Confederate flag in the center and the initials U C V with “1861-1865” at the bottom. get.google.com/albumarchive/117553755650519583461/album/AF1QipNo7la3oBXfO6J85ECPrwatGxlzQ-6SPnxitUZn