Image 1
Hammond Turner & Son
Liverpool, New York & Philadelphia Steamship Company

Button 035

Image 2
Hammond Turner & Son
Trinity House, Hull
Has been made into a cuff link.

Button 029

Image 3
Hammond Turner & Son
Newington College Cadets
A Victoria, Australia, establishment.

Button 052

Image 4
Hammond Turner & Son
Unknown - possibly a yacht club?

Button 047

Image 5
Back mark is simply 'Turner'
Royal Navy officer

Button 049
  Image 6
Hammond Turner & Sons, Extra Quality, with crown
City of Liverpool coat of ams
A large and very ornate button with motto:
Deus nobis haec otia fecit [God brought us this peace]

Button 057

Image 7
Hammond Turner
Described by seller as Royal Northern Yacht Club and 'early large gilt coatee type'.
Or is it Royal Naval Yacht Club? The fouled anchor and crown are exactly like Royal Navy Yacht Club buttons...
Once again if you know the answer, please tell me!

Button 074

Image 8
Hammond Turner & Sons
Forth Corinthian Yacht Club

Button 081

Image 9
John O'Gaunts' Bowmen
Hammond Turner & Sons

John O'Gaunt's Bowmen is a long-established target archery society based in the Lancaster / Morecambe area. By 1788 the society had an official uniform consisting of a dark green frock coat with plain yellow buttons and a bow and arrow embroidered on its black velvet collar. This was worn with white kerseymere breeches and matching waistcoat, as well as 'stockings' and a black hat with one green and one black feather.
In 1820 the society introduced a second, full dress uniform. This had a white silk lining in the dark green frock coat, a crimson military sash and a black stock or neck cloth.
At the same time the shooting dress was changed to Kendal green frock coat with gilt buttons depicting three crossed arrows, white drill trousers, a green forage cap with the black and green feathers and a black neck cloth or stock.
This button must be one of the post-1820 shooting uniform buttons

Button 104

Image 10
Hammond Turner & Sons
Another example of Royal Northern Yacht Club

The Royal Northern and Clyde was formed in 1978 following the merger of The Royal Northern and The Royal Clyde Yacht Club, the River Clyde's two senior yacht clubs. The clubhouse is now in Rhu and has extensive grounds leading down to Gareloch.
The Northern Yacht Club goes back to 1824 and the Royal Warrant to fly the blue ensign, apparently the first to be given, was granted in 1831.

Button 100
  Image 11
Hammond Turner & Sons
Customs VR
Presumably a British Empire button, definitely from the time of Queen VictoriaButton 071

Image 12
Hammond Turner & Dickinson
One piece, gilded
I am interested in the East India Companies, both British and European. (The apocryphal headline 'Fog in Channel: Europe cut off' comes to mind with that wording - apologies!)
This button is from the British East India Company which traded from 1600 until 1874. The backmark dates it to the period between about 1790 and 1817.

Button 155

Image 13
Hammond Turner & Sons
Two piece
This is almost certainly the officers' version of the button in image 4, this gallery

Button 158

Image 14
Hammond Turner & Dickinson
One piece, gilded
This splendid naval button came from an ebay seller in Canada and still retains a lot of shine. The backmark is image 19 in that gallery

Button 166

Image 15
Hammond Turner & Sons
Two piece
This appears to be the same button as image 11, above: I am clearly getting very forgetful and buying duplicate buttons!

Button 167

Image 16
Hammond Turner & Sons
Two piece
The ebay seller suggested that the entwined letters are V and R - what do you think?
The 'natural light' photo was taken with the button 'upside down' to the normal orientation to enhance the lettering.

Button 164



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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!