The Swiss Button Club

The Swiss Button Club was founded in 1987. Today we are about 60 members from Switzerland, Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Some of us are also members of other button clubs (National Button Society of the U.S./ Fibule, France). We do not regard our club as an institution, but as a loose circle and/or forum for people with related interests.

Buttons we regard all the more seriously, of course. In groups or on our own we visit flea markets and antiques dealers. We lend each other button books, which have been published in English, French and German.

Since we met with the founder and former director of the German Button Museum at Bärnau, Marcel Hermann, we regularly organize workshops during our annual weekend-meeting at Gwatt near Thun.

Until now the following topics have been discussed and documented: mother of pearl, enamel, glass, wood, various plants, amber, horn, tortoiseshell, ivory, passementerie, celluloid and other plastics as well as observations on style of buttons of the 18th and 19th century and the Art Nouveau and Art Deco period.

Susan Schnurrenberger -- Tel. 0041 55 243 41 53