Button of cardboard. It is made by pressing and cutting from sheet material. Impregnated with a special mixture of paraffin and paint. It stand water, however, from repeated washing in the washing machine it can "get tired" and disintegrate. It should be noted that cardboard buttons were a temporary measure (Ersatz - replacement, surrogate from German) and were not intended for multiple washes.
We sell buttons in two colors: gray and feldgrau (dull green). The colors are very similar to each other, but for gray shirts it is better to take gray, and for olive — feldgrau. Please choose the colour before ordering. If you find no desired colour there, then it is sold out.
Buttons were used mainly on underwear, for example, shirts. But they began to be used quite massively for camouflage uniforms (after 1943). With the proven technology, cardboard buttons were cheaper to produce. But the main thing is that they could be made from affordable material (cardboard, wood product or waste paper recycling), whereas metal and plastic buttons required more scarce raw materials.
Glass buttons were also used as a half-measure. Nowadays, glass buttons are considered rare and fashionable. In wartime, glass (the product of processing sand and glass fragments) was not in short supply, and the economic meaning of glass buttons was different than it is now.
More examples of original cardboard buttons. They could be brown, gray, green, as well as white (for winter suits). There were also different sizes. The most common is 17 mm, as we suggest.
An example of a mold and finished (raw) products without wax and paint treatment. The photo was taken during production of our buttons.