Article Index
 Introduction: The Birmingham Button Trade part 1
 The general history of button making: The Birmingham Button Trade part 2
 The development of the button trade in Birmingham: The Birmingham Button Trade part 3
 Linen and vegetable ivory buttons: The Birmingham Button Trade part 4
 Metal buttons: The Birmingham Button Trade part 5
 Pearl buttons: The Birmingham Button Trade part 6
 Bone, glass and porcelain: The Birmingham Button Trade part 7
 What about the workers?: The Birmingham Button Trade part 8
 What about the workers abroad, especially France?: The Birmingham Button Trade part 9
Germany, and Editor's final footnote: The Birmingham Button Trade part 10

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The Birmingham Button Trade by John Pemberton Turner

This article was first published in 1866 as pages 432 to 451 inclusive of a book called 'The Resources, Products, and Industrial History of Birmingham and the Midland Hardware District: A Series of Reports, collected by the local industries committee of the British Association at Birmingham, in 1865', edited by Samuel Timmins and published in London by Robert Hardwicke, 192, Piccadilly.

If nothing else, the Victorians certainly knew how to write a good all-embracing title!

[I have added illustrations where I have been able to find appropriate ones: these are not copyright as far as I am aware but anyone who feels that I have infringed their copyright is welcome to contact me. I will remove any pictures which turn out to be still in copyright.]

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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!