Over 200 Years of History
Founded in wartime in the early 19th century, The Waterbury Button Company has been making stamped metal buttons for over 200 years. We have amassed approximately 40,000 different button dies, each a work of art. At times, innovative owners, responding to breakthroughs in materials technology, steered the company into other lucrative endeavors, from as vinyl records to bomb fuses.
1812– The infant United States of Americagoes to war with England. Soldiers and sailors needed uniform buttons, but England, obviously, would no longer supply them. Near Waterbury, Conn., Aaron Benedict bought up every brass kettle, pan and pot he could find, established a rolling mill and began making buttons for the armed forces. When Benedict ran out of brass, he turned to pewter.
1861-1865–The United States are ripped asunder by Civil War, but Union troops and Confederate troops wear Waterburybuttons. The South uses intermediaries in Europeto obtain Waterburybuttons for its troops.
Meanwhile, the plastics industry is born, and The Waterbury Button Company pioneers making products of shellac, the first plastic material molded in this country. The company uses a hand press to produce plastic buttons, checkers and dominoes. It continues to expand its line of metal goods as well.
1870–The Waterbury Button Company undertakes production of a new, wondrous material – celluloid. Lustrous buttons made of celluloid fill a fashion trend.
1890’s–The company rides a toy craze of the “Gay ’90s”, when an intricate metal toy, the “Climbing Monkey”, becomes so popular that the company must turn out 3 million a year.
1917–The United Statesenters World War I, and The Waterbury Button Company steps into a well rehearsed role as primary supplier of uniform buttons for the armed forces.
19201s–The company is heavily involved in the toy business, manufacturing aluminum toys such as airplanes, candy banks, zeppelins and tractors. It also makes and sells the “Oracle V” radio under its own name.
1925–The Waterbury Button Company is among the first manufacturers to mold a new plastic called Bakelite into buttons. Bakelite proves to be ideal for electrical parts, and the company molds articles for the electrical industry.
1929– Operating under the name of “Multiplane
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1946–As the United Stateexhales after World
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