Featured “Billy Buttons” Brasso advertising figure

Discussion in 'Antique Discussion' started by David Askett, May 18, 2023.

  1. David Askett

    David Askett Well-Known Member

    I’d like to sympathetically restore this 18” tall chalkware figurine but, despite searching every way I can think of, I’ve had no luck finding a photo of another example of this character. This surprises me, as Brasso metal polish is so well known. Have any of you seen “Billy Buttons” before?

  2. moreotherstuff

    moreotherstuff Izorizent

  3. David Askett

    David Askett Well-Known Member

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  4. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    Think 'the boy in buttons'.

    Noun. boy in buttons (plural boys in buttons) (historical) A young male servant in livery; a page.

    Believe that's who the character 'Billy' in the Sherlock Holmes stories was. He was always being sent to the telegram office, etc. Bellhops are closely related.
  5. say_it_slowly

    say_it_slowly The worst prison is a closed heart

    What does is say on the back of the base?
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  6. David Askett

    David Askett Well-Known Member

    Petrucci Freres / Montreal

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    David Askett Well-Known Member

  8. Roaring20s

    Roaring20s Well-Known Member

  9. bosko69

    bosko69 Well-Known Member

    Wouldn't mind having that "WILL'S PIRATE SHAG" tobacco advert figure.Aaargh;)!
  10. Lucille.b

    Lucille.b Well-Known Member

    Super cool figure! Store display, do you think?

    There is a Wikipedia page on Brasso which gives some dates that might be of interest. No mention of this figure.

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  11. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    Almost definitely a store display. Like a lot of the OGs in here, the mention of Brasso gives me flashbacks. (shudder)
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  12. Bakersgma

    Bakersgma Well-Known Member

    Never wanted to hear that word again.
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  13. David Askett

    David Askett Well-Known Member

    Yes, store point of sale display, for sure. And, if the Wikipedia history is correct about Brasso first being sold in 1920, it’s a very early one for this product, as the company that made this chalkware piece ceased to be in 1923.
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