Monday, November 24, 2008

Peeling Pearl Buttons & Other Vintage Accessory Care

Ever find the pearl buttons on your clothing peeling? Well, I found a little blurb about pearl buttons in True Confessions magazine (January, 1936 issue):

To clean pearl buttons, rub with olive oil. Then apply fingernail polish and let it dry. Polish with a buffer or chamois skin.
(I do hope they meant clear nail polish!)

I don't know that I'd recommend the nail lacquer unless the buttons were already peeling or near peeling... But this does seem to explain old buttons I find which seem to be flaky but when rubbed show no damage because it's just old nail polish coming off.


Related: I just posted at Collectors' Quest an article on how to select vintage jewelery -- including what repairs can be done. Also there, my Early Plastics: Identification and Care Guide.

Image of the vintage daisy necklace with blue plastic and rhinestones via my shop, We Have Your Collectibles.


Peggy said...

Your posts are always so informative and helpful.
Thanks for the great info.

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