According to the seller, this is a '13-star black glass and goldstone uniform button'. The stars are carved into the goldstone, the backing is brass with a self-shank.

5/8 of an inch in diameter

HT& Sons, Birm.

Button 112


A fabric-covered button, marked Hammond Turner & Sons Elliott's Patent.

A high-court case dated 1st June 1843 mentions an indenture dated 22nd May 1841 giving HT&S the license to use Elliott's patent method at Mr Hasluck's premises in Summer Lane (or wherever) on payment of a royalty. The judge appears to have upheld Elliott's petition to revoke the licence.

All of which suggests that this button was made between May 1841 and May 1842.

Backmark appears in backmarks gallery.

Button 113


Described by the seller as 'gilt brass with an all-over wallpaper design'. In excellent condition.

HT&S extra rich

7/8 of an inch in diameter

 Button 133


Described by the seller as 'blue and white marble swirl'.

HT & Sons, Birm.

5/8 of and inch in diameter

Button 134


One button from a job-lot of six: described by the seller as goldstone with a brass back.

HT & Sons, Birm.

5/8 of an inch in diameter

 Button 143


A pair of bachelor's buttons, so-called because they do not need a needle and thread to secure them to clothing!

The fronts are decorated with a finely drawn bird on what was described by the seller as banded agate. The 'hole' in the centre of the disc on the right fits over the 'rod' in the centre of the mechanism and is released/secured with the small 'knobs' on either side.

HT&S, West's patent, and I think that's a Lion Works lion at the top.

 Buttons 170


 This button does not belong to me but it is an historic item  - the backmark is HT&S Paris! For some reason I cannot find the photo I took of the backmark.

It's a beautiful, dished button with a raised centre.


 This button was donated to my collection by Manx metal detectorist Mark Leadley. It was once a very fine gilded button.

The backmark is Hammond Turner & Dickinson

Item number to follow...



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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!