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05-09-2013, 01:06 PM
Bought a horn button collection and am trying to date them....does anyone remember which month TWs that Bob Kabchef's horn buttons were featured?

05-09-2013, 01:10 PM
I don't remember, but I've got a copy of that issue in the display cabinet........ August of 2008. Anxious to hear of your collection!

05-09-2013, 01:12 PM
I just knew you'd come through Bob.....its nothing like what you have that's for sure , but there are a few I don't know of the year. I'll check your article and see if I can ID them.....thanks

05-09-2013, 01:26 PM
Bob , your article helped perfectly. One question....the back cover .....what year is the button at 1 oclock , and also 7 oclock ?I have a button like the one at 7 oclock but instead of "President" it has "Studebaker"....any idea?

05-09-2013, 01:31 PM
I'm curious if it was being kept as a "collection" or was just an accumulation of loose horn buttons (like some vendor's stock). I've known of maybe 3 other horn button collections thru the years. I know one was sold and subsequently scattered. Another one - just disappeared. One that inspired me to start my own was on display in the memorabilia room at the '96 Internationals. I'm certain mine is THE most complete assemblage of such. Add to that the prototype examples I scored some time back and I doubt it can ever be topped.
Of course, while I have a few prewar buttons - some of the prettiest ones anyways - there were LOTS of very plain buttons prior to 1934 that I could never hope to identify unless I'd taken them from a Stude myself. 1934 was the first year (best I can discern) that any Stude horn button had some sorta decor on it. It was '34 that some Presidents had a button that said "The President" on them.

05-09-2013, 01:34 PM
How bout that 1 oclock button Bob?Its probably a 40s or 50s one.

05-09-2013, 01:39 PM
The button at one is a '42. Used that year only with specific type(s) of steering wheel. The one at seven's tougher - ALTHOUGH..... I'm pretty certain I recall talking StudeRich out of that very button at the Sacto Nats, and him telling me that it was for a '38. That said, there's a BUNCH of buttons like that that all look like first cousins at a glance - until you start to look close. Ranging from the late 30s thru '42. I would say that unless you KNEW the particular part number of a given button OR you'd pulled it from what you knew was an unmolested hulk, it might be some time before you could definitively say what it fit. This style button usually carries "Studebaker" or "President", but I've never seen one with Commander or Champion in the center.

05-09-2013, 01:49 PM
Thanks Bob

05-10-2013, 04:03 AM
Studebaker horn button, here are some links.




05-10-2013, 11:19 AM
The top link leading to my works.

05-10-2013, 01:33 PM
The top link leading to my works.

The top link gives me an 'oops'. This one works: http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?29055-Horn-Button-Mr-Biggs&highlight=buttons