Fibule Europe

Great Britain

British Button Society

On 14 January 1976, 18 avid button collectors met at 125 High Holborn, London, and resolved to form the society. The society went from strength to strength and now has over 180 members representing 13 countries.

Enthusiasm remains undimmed and we are always keen to see new faces at our meetings. If you love buttons, you’ll feel instantly at home. If you can’t attend in person, we’d still like to hear from you. Get in touch by following this link:

We’re keen to hear from overseas button societies to share our interest, keep learning and make new discoveries.

Help us keep our society strong and active for the next forty years and beyond!

Look out for the special Ruby Anniversary edition of Button Lines, our fabulous full-colour journal, in December 2016.

The Netherlands

Dutch Antique Button Society

We are a Dutch society of button lovers. We collect them and we treasure them. Two times yearly we come together and discuss new findings, interests and knowledge about all kinds of buttons. Not only old antique ones, by the way. And most of all we love to exchange ideas and also to trade our buttons.



In 1992, Fibule was founded in France . The association of button collectors organizes 6 times a year an exhibition where members offer their buttons and clothing accessories to sell or trade. By clothing accessories they understand: combs, buckles, dance cards, fans, sewing kits, thimbles, cufflinks, and similar The events are open to the public from 10am- 5pm.


Griet Van Ranst

In Belgium there is (still) no association of button collectors. There are contacts between the Dutch Antique Button Society and Fibule, so I organized in May a first Belgian button joint event in Leuven, where we welcomed an international audience. As I said on the opening page, I see opportunities to establish a cooperation at European level between the existing associations.


KnopfClub CH

The Swiss Button Club was founded in 1987. Today we are about 60 members from Switzerland, Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Some of us are also members of other button clubs (National Button Society of the U.S./ Fibule, France). We do not regard our club as an institution, but as a loose circle and/or forum for people with related interests.

Buttons we regard all the more seriously, of course. In groups or on our own we visit flea markets and antiques dealers. We lend each other button books, which have been published in English, French and German.

Since we met with the founder and former director of the German Button Museum at Bärnau, Marcel Hermann, we regularly organize workshops during our annual weekend-meeting at Gwatt near Thun.