Hammond Turner

Hammond Turner manufactured this pickle fork in the late nineteenth century in Birmingham, England

Hammond Turner

This is a detail from a 'general service' button

Hammond Turner

This is a detail from a button made by Hammond Turner for the city of Liverpool

Article Index

1841 Inspections - Mr Chatwin's Button Manufactory

1841 Inspections - Mr Hasluck's Button Manufactory

1841 Inspections - Mr Elliott's Button Manufactory

1841 inspections - Mr Aston's Button Manufactory

1841 Inspections - Messrs Smith and Kemp's Button Manufactory

1841 Inspections - Mr Bullock's Button Manufactory

1841 Inspections - Mr Ingram's Button Manufactory

1841 Inspections - The Pearl Button Trade

Other inspections - 1841 - all pages


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The premises are on two sides of a street. The bone button side is very confined; some of the shops are very small and dark, and close. There is a great quantity of dust in cutting out the buttons from the bone. A little girl was employed in shaking buttons; this causes a great deal of dust. The shaking is done by machinery.
Horn-button side. Premises larger and sufficiently spacious; shops very hot from stoves to heat the buttons for stamping, and for boiling horn. In the shop where young women punch out the horn buttons and prepare them for stamping, it is very hot; a large quantity of steam issues from the coppers, and from the buttons, so that the worker were exposed to dampness. No children in this workshop under 13.
In a shop for trimming buttons after being stamped, three children were at work. The shop is close and confined. One little boy, 7 years old, who has been here 2 months, is so small that he is obliged to stand on a stool to reach the lathe. Another little girl was similarly placed. A woman, with a stick by her side, keeps the children at work.

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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!