Image 1
Hammond Turner and Son
Two piece
RAF

Button 034 
   

Image 2
Hammond Turner and Bates
Civil War confederate A
BBB Plate 310 no 13

Button 027
   

Image 3
Hammond Turner and Bates
Civil War South Carolina
ANTMIS OPIBUSQUE PARATI

Button 018
   

Image 4
Hammond Turner and Son
One piece
Three cannons on wheels beneath a crown

Paul Evans of the Royal Artillery Museum supplied the following information:
Buttons like this were worn by both officers and men of the Royal Artillery during two periods, from 1833 to 1838 and from 1855 to 1873. The only difference between the Officer and Soldier buttons is the burnish: soldiers' ones usually look darker than the officers' but that’s very difficult to distinguish after all this time.

My feeling is that this button dates from the earlier period of use, or from the first few years of the second period.

Button 011
   

Image 5
Hammond Turner Dickinson
One piece
Royal Naval Captain
(Commander, Lieutenant, Midshipman, Volunteer)
From 1-1-1825 to 18-12-1827
BBB Plate 305, no 28

Button 004
   

Image 6
Hammond Turner Dickinson
One piece
Royal Naval Captain
(Commander, Lieutenant, Midshipman, Volunteer)
From 23-3-1812 to 1-1-1825
BBB Plate 305, no 29

Button 003
   

Image 7
Hammond Turner and Son
One piece
Wings and cross or dagger: the wreath suggests it might be livery. If you know what it is, please let me know!

Button 007
   

Image 8
Hammond Turner Dickinson
One piece
Royal Marines
Pre 1812.
BBB Plate 305 no 26 similar

Button 005
   

Image 9
Hammond Turner Dickinson
One piece
Royal Navy
Pre 1812

Button 059
 Image to follow  

Image 10
Hammond Turner & Sons
This button was dug, with the landowner's permission, at Orchard Knob, Chattanooga, Tennessee, and is image 5 in the backmarks gallery where there is a little more information about it.

Button 075

Image 11
This is NOT a Hammond Turner (etc) button: it was made by C J Weldon, London, a company with which HTetc had both business and personal relationships. Charles Weldon was an executor of William Hammond Turner's will: William lived and died in London in the 1850s.
Royal Artillery

Button 078a

Image 12
Hammond Turner and Sons - I have included the Weldon button above to facilitate comparison between these two. At least the HT&S cannon has its wheel on the ground!
Royal Artillery 

Button 078b

Image 13
Hammond Turner Dickinson
One piece
Royal Navy
Pre 1812.
Dug, in very fine condition

Button 084
Compare with gallery [to follow], image [to follow] (button 055)

Image 14
Hammond Turner & Sons
WWI Naval officers' dress waistcoat buttons
Note how some of the anchors are 'slightly sqiffy' (as my mother would have said: it seems appropriate, somehow!

Buttons 096

Image 15
Unknown regiment: seller suggested it was H (something) Light Cavalry
Hammond Turner & Sons

Button 105
 

Image 16
Hammond Turner & Dickinson
One piece
This ebay purchase came from a seller in Norfolk, England who dug it up. The back mark is image 17 in that gallery


Button 161
 

Image 17
Hammond Turner & Dickinson
One piece
This ebay purchase came from Canada and is in amazingly good condition with plenty of gilding

Button 166

 

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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 artefacts manfactured 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 150 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!