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Nichols began using glass in the 1950s and continued for the rest of his life
They all have glued on metal shanks which have been renewed either using backs from his orginal stock or newly purchased from his supplier. These buttons are most suitable for jackets, coats and knitwear.
Although the buttons are glass they are extremely robust, they will easily stand up to hand washing and decent drycleaning.
When Nichols began making buttons in 1946 he experimented with plaster; wood; leather; horn; perspex; and Erinoid.
They have holes through the face of the button or through a back "stalk" or metal loops screwed into the button back.
These buttons are much lighter than the later glass buttons so can be used on light summer materials, however they are not all colourfast so you must test before washing.The Erinoid buttons are machine washable.