Greek key snaps, or "P" pattern snaps, were often used on vintage doll clothing in the 1950s and 1960s. Sometimes they were painted, sometimes they were left unpainted. The unpainted ones could be made of either silver or gold-colored metal.
They are often referred to as "Ginger snaps," because they were used so much on Cosmopolitan Ginger clothing. However, they were also used by other clothing manufacturers on shoes and clothes.
Here are a few of the places you can find Greek key snaps:
On a tagged Ginger dress:
On a mint in box Fortune Ninette's clothing:
On a Fortune Pam's dress:
On an A&H Gigi outfit (identified in Small Dolls of the 40s & 50s by Carol Stover, pages 11 and 13):
On an unidentified Ginger clone's dress:
On a pair of fuzzy-bottomed center snap shoes from the early 1950s (worn by an 18-inch Madame Alexander doll, but may not be original):
On a pair of replacement side snap shoes for a Madame Alexander Alexander-kins:
On a pair of center snap shoes worn by Ginny, Muffie, Ginger, Ninette, and other high quality toddler dolls in the early 1950s:
Labels: vintage doll clothing