Posted March 15th, 2013
A beautiful brass button depicting a playful monkey. This monkey with the long tail appears on a variety of buttons each with different backgrounds. Most are considered to be Ashlee buttons made in the 1940-50′s or even earlier. The Ashlee Company was the outgrowth of a button manufacturing firm. After passing through several owners, Mrs. Gundlach was in charge during the 1940′s and at that time the firm had converted from button manufacturing to jewelry engraving. It was also at this time that button dealers asked the Ashlee Company to assemble leftover parts and finding and continue selling them buttons. It is interesting that this particular button pictured has the engraved initials F.S. on the back. This button was recently purchased at the Florida State Button show.