Lesley collects buttons made by her great great great grandfather's company, Hammond Turner and Dickinson/Sons/Bates. These photographs, taken both by flash and in daylight, show the buttons on 2mm squared paper.

The buttons fall into seven categories, displayed in these galleries:

Backmarks - Hammond Turner (etc) and others

Dandy and dress buttons

Dandy and dress buttons 2

Livery buttons 1

Military buttons

Naval buttons

Sporting buttons 1

Sporting buttons 2

Sporting buttons 3

Sporting buttons 4

Uniform buttons



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About us

This web site has been created by Lesley Close as an on-line museum displaying some of the buttons and other artifacts manufactured by Hammond Turner & Sons (and related companies), button makers of Birmingham (and Manchester), England.

Lesley's interest in buttons started when she saw the words 'button maker' in the 'father's occupation' column of her maternal great grandmother's marriage certificate. After rather too many 'ag labs', vicars and sailors, here was a wonderful change of occupation. She thought she might find a picture of a button: instead, she found a picture of the one-time owner of the business and over 200 different buttons made by the company.

What we don't do

The button-making company Hammond Turner no longer exists - we do not make buttons!