Original Cards of China Buttons

Original Salesman's Sample Cards

A wonderful way to learn more about the history of china buttons and to explore the different shapes and finishes is to look at the original cards that the salespeople used to take orders for the buttons. These are a real treasure to find. Several collectors have shared their sales sample cards. Click on the name to see the an enlarged image of the card. Some of the scans take awhile to load...but they are well worth the wait.


R&C Sample Card
From the collection of BJ Smyers




R&C Lingerie Card
From the collection of Jody Behrbaum




R&C Perles Card
From the collection of Jody Behrbaum




R&C Porcelana Card
From the collection of Jody Behrbaum




Felix Bapterosses Card
From the collection of Jody Behrbaum




China Stencils Card
From the collection of Freda Knight




China Stencils Card
From the collection of Freda Knight




China Stencils Card from Chigago Progressive Mercantile Co.
From the collection of Freda Knight




F B Nouveaute Card of Two-Hole Chinas
As pictured in the Guidelines for Collecting China Buttons on page 49 (plate 28)




Two F B Cards of Calico Buttons
As pictured in the Guidelines for Collecting China Buttons on page 125 (plate 77)
From the collection of Millicent Safro




Portion of Sample Card with Interesting Calico Shapes
From the collection of Julia Coons.




Agate Button Sample Card from Czechoslovakia
From the collection of Janet White.




Agate Button Sample Card from Czechoslovakia
Shows the range of color. From the collection of Janet White.




F B Agate Button Sample Card
From the collection of Alice Anne Krautter.




Stencil Sample Card (Pattern #20)
From the collection of Pam Luke.

It's always exciting to find china buttons still sewn to their original sales cards. Here are some examples from our collections. If you have an original sales card or a salesman's sample card, we'd love to add your scan.

Original Sales Cards



Dark-body Calicoes
From the Bapterosses Factory Museum
Briare, France
Note the notation of the price penciled in the lid.


Stencil #12
Muscatine, Iowa
Janet White


"Off-Shapes" 2-hole fisheyes
Lansing Buttons
Janet White


Calico Buttons
Janet White


Pattern Eye Chinas
Janet White


Bull's-Eye Chinas
Julia Coons


China Mounds
Judye Stewart


Black oval-eyes with silver luster banded edge
Judye Stewart


Pie Crusts with green or brown bands
Judye Stewart


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