Hammond Turner & Sons - Birmingham button makers

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Hammond Turner button found in Scotland
Grant Maxwell-Thomson recently found a Hammond Turner button whilst metal detecting: he kindly sent it to me to add to my collection. Read More

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imageHammond Turner button found in Maine, USA
Marty Wiemert (shown right), a member of Metal Detecting Maine, recently found a Hammond Turner button at an old site. Marty very kindly donated the button to my collection. Read More

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imageHammond Turner button found in Australia
The first button in the new Sporting gallery 4 is amazingly well-travelled. It was generously donated to my collection by Stan Purcell of Gordon, Victoria, Australia, seen here with his metal detector. Read More
Hammond Turner & Sons

The earliest buttons in my collection are made by the company called Hammond Turner and Dickinson (HT&D), a partnership between Samuel Hammond (died 1825), John Turner (died 1840) and John Dickinson (died 1822). It is probable that, in around 1796, John Dickinson became the third partner in the already existing company run by Hammond and Turner (H&T). Some sources suggest that the company existed in 1717, but I have been unable to establish where that date came from. I am keen to find the origin of the oft-quoted date of 1717 as well as the actual date H&T started making buttons so, if you know, please tell me...


Hammond Turner & Dickinson

Hammond Turner & Dickinson button backmarkThe backmark on this button, a Royal Navy Master (1807-1812), shows that it was manufactured by Hammond Turner & Dickinson.

Sugar Tongs

Sugar tongsThe business end of a pair of sugar tongs bearing a Hammond Turner & Sons registration mark.

Leith Halfpenny

Leith HalfpennyDated 1797, this Leith halfpenny was produced by Bonham Hammond.

Cake Stand backmark

Hammond Turner & Sons cake stand backmarkHammond Turner & Sons produced many other items apart from buttons. This backmark appears on a cake stand.

Samuel Hammond Turner

Samuel Hammond Turner
1802 - 1841

Samuel, a proprietor of the famous button company, married Elizabeth Woodall Bragg and had ten children. Read More

Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens wrote an article about button making in Birmingham which was published in his magazine 'Household Words' in April 1852. It is not illustrated but it is fascinating and is written in Dickens' inimitable style. Learn more...

Always searching

imagefor Hammond Turner buttons. If you have any please get in touch. Learn more...