Button Stick

#2
coatofarms said:
Can any tailor etc shed any light on the use of the button stick.. ? Odd shaped thing just wondered what it is all about..

BJK
I believe the button stick goes back to the days of brass buttons,you slid the stick under the button so you didn't get brasso on your greatcoat or uniform
 
#3
Wah???

If so I'll fall for it...

The button stick was placed behind brass buttons when cleaning them so as to prevent getting brasso on the uniform material.

How old am I!!

s_s

edit to say posted at the same time as above... so old I type slow!
 
#5
In the old days even combat webbing 1938 pat had a great deal of brass. the button stick had a number of shapes and slots which enabled one to use Brasso without staining your webbing simple
 
#6
I was going through a pile of tat in the shed last week and found my old button stick, I'm ashamed to admit that it is in dire need of cleaning, its even got green patches.
 
#7
Gather the buttons together. Slide the thready bits up the slot in the middle of the stick. The buttons are now all gathered together ready for polishing. The stick also acts to keep the Brasso off the material. Issued item in '52. Very useful but redundant when StaBright came onto the scene.
 
#8
Yeeah... in the Good Old days when Soldjers were real.... loads of Brasso and Bull..... Even had to Brasso the Button Stick when Barrack Room Kit Layouts were de rigeur.... 38 pattern Webbing was a bleeding mare to keep clean... Even had a Housewife... Not the sort for humping... but sewing!!!
 
#9
OldRedCap said:
Gather the buttons together. Slide the thready bits up the slot in the middle of the stick. The buttons are now all gathered together ready for polishing. The stick also acts to keep the Brasso off the material. Issued item in '52. Very useful but redundant when StaBright came onto the scene.
If I recall correctly even though by '74 it had no practical purpose it was still issued just so we could polish it.
 
#11
When i was in JLRRAC we black polished all our webbing and the brases shone after rubbing them al down to mirrir finish on corragated cardboard for hour after hour , bags of swank though
 
#12
You slide the funny looking slots around your buttons and then you're in a position to polish your buttons, belt hooks etc without getting duraglit or brasso on your ginger suit.
 
#13
My button-stick used to shine like a shilling up a sweep's arrse! Why the fück did they make the thing of brass?

MsG
 
#14
Every thing was made of brass in the 1938 kit renewall and it was with this crap that we fought ww2
 
#16
Bugsy said:
My button-stick used to shine like a shilling up a sweep's arrse! Why the fück did they make the thing of brass?

MsG
Bugsy its fecking obvious why they made it out of brass it was so we could polish it and buy large amounts of brasso and dusters from NAAFI. :wink:
 
#17
My service dress buttons etc are all brass and i still use mine, excellent bit of kit IMO.
 
#18
Points to note...It was P '37 webbing not 38 pattern....

Button sticks were originally issued as a piece of brass with a slot but as the range of brass to polish increased the button stick developed also.

There are about five variations. The most common is a flat with a plain slot or flat with various shapes cut into it. This was originally for the P '08 webbing. A commercial pattern was produced for sale called the "New Pioneer". This was designed to be more compact but with the same quantity of cut outs etc.

An economy type (slot only no cut out) can be found made in pressed vulcanised fibre board, normally red in colour.

Also remember that buttons were polished with paste and a button brush. if you want to get onto brushes........button brush, boot polish on, boot polish off, clothes brush, hair brush, tooth brush, shaving brush.........all issued.


I'll get my coat that taxi is here.
 
#20
OldRedCap said:
.......Very useful but redundant when StaBright came onto the scene.
Not so. We were issued in 1975 and jolly good they were too. Used for scraping polish off the floors just prior to bumpering it back on just prior to scraping it off.......

We were also (of course) required to Brasso the said button stick as it formed part of kit inspection. Ah character forming happy days........
 
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