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Frog buttons?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by WJTW, Mar 14, 2005.

  1. WJTW

    WJTW Well-Known Member

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    I kept on forgetting to ask this: Why are frog buttons called frog buttons? Unfortunately, I have not been successful in finding anything on the internet about why they are called that. All the sites that turned up are those which sell the actual buttons, and some sites even have frog-shaped buttons, which are completely different things.

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  2. Alexander Kabbaz

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    They are not called frog buttons. They are called frogs. There is a certain olde (english?) style which is shaped somewhat like a frog's splayed feet. They are considered more of a sewing notion than a button. Look for them in trimming stores. Good tailoring suppliers also have them.
     


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    But it seems 'frog buttons' is being used increasingly to describe these buttons. Most sites selling oriental clothes call them frog buttons. Perhaps the buttons are different?

    Just to be doubly sure, the buttons I am referring to are these buttons that are made of cloth and buttons up clothing by passing a balled-up bunch of cloth through a loop.

    The same thing?

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    Alexander Kabbaz Distinguished Member

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    Same thing. Shall try to post photos later.
     


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    The word is of obscure origin; it is unclear if it is the same word as the one that refers to the amphibian.
     


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    Ribbbbit .... ribbbbit: [​IMG]
     


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    Common on capes of old too. Remember Peck & Peck?
     


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    (Alexander Kabbaz @ Mar. 14 2005,18:40) They are not called frog buttons. They are called frogs. There is a certain olde (english?) style which is shaped somewhat like a frog's splayed feet. They are considered more of a sewing notion than a button. Look for them in trimming stores. Good tailoring suppliers also have them.
    Common on capes of old too. Â Remember Peck & Peck?
    I own one that I wore to the operas. In Vienna usually.
     


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