SEH Kelly is a clothing manufacturer (and horn button user) based in London. Their website includes two pages with some interesting images of the manufacture of horn buttons at the James Grove factory (see next entry).
http://www.sehkelly.com/makers/button-manufacturer-the-midlands/ and http://www.sehkelly.com/words/2013/12/rubble-pt-2/ 

James Grove and Sons still made buttons in Birmingham until they went into liquidation at the end of 2012. There would appear to be a successor company (second link).
http://jamesgroveandsons.co.uk/ 
http://www.hornbuttons.co.uk/history.htm 

A website called Make It British appears to have tried to revive James Grove...
http://makeitbritish.co.uk/uk-manufacturing-2/save-a-british-button-manufacturer/ 

 

Firmin and Sons could at one time have been called 'rivals' to Hammond Turner and Sons! The company has always been located in London and they made buttons for both sides in the American Civil War...
http://www.firminhouse.com/our-group-history.htm 

 

I am often contacted by metal detectorists who have found a button: the first page, listing button makers, is part of the brilliantly useful UK Detectorists Finds Database. Old Copper also has a good list of button makers. If you have found a hallmarked button, the third link will take you to a pdf listing historical hallmarks.
http://www.ukdfd.co.uk/pages/button-makers.html 
http://www.oldcopper.org/button_makers.htm 
http://www.britishhallmarkingcouncil.gov.uk/publications/hallmarks2.pdf 
http://www.angelfire.com/wa/dianaspage/dianasbuttonswelcome.html 

 

For help with military button identification
http://www.militaryheritage.com/button3.htm

 

Identifying Royal Naval buttons (G&H is good for recent ones):
http://www.scribd.com/doc/512437/Buttons-of-the-British-Navy#scribd 
http://www.theocadcollection.com/royal-navy-uniforms.html
http://www.gievesandhawkesmilitary.com/acatalog/Royal_Navy_Buttons.html 

 

Metal detecting club button pages
http://www.colchestertreasurehunting.co.uk/navy%20buttons.htm 

 

If you have a button made by 'Buttons Ltd', there is some information about the company on this page.
http://www.britishbadgeforum.com/makers_marks/buttons_ltd.htm 

 

Pear buttons don't usually have backmarks - this article has some very interesting information about the trade
http://www.astonbrook-through-astonmanor.co.uk/pearl_buttons.html 
http://www.birminghampost.co.uk/lifestyle/george-hook-pearly-king-black-3957089

 

If you have come to this page looking for a manufacturer/wholesale supplier of buttons, you could try London-based Jessica Buttons, and Thomas Firth offer a wide range of buttons: it's good to see their sample cards! DM Buttons specialises in fabric-covered buttons, as does Harlequin. Jones & Company is a family-owned firm, founded in Nottingham in 1909. 'Hook' is a name long associated with pearl buttons in Birmingham - see the last article in the section above: it's good to see that the company is still in business.
http://www.jessicabuttons.co.uk/index.php/user/home  
http://www.thomasfirthltd.co.uk/products/buttons.html  
http://www.dmbuttons.co.uk/ 
http://www.harlequin-uk.com/fabric-covered-buttons.html 
http://www.jonesnottm.co.uk/buttonpages/buttns.html
http://www.hook-motherofpearl.co.uk/

 

For button retailers, try Duttons, or the online shops of Italian Buttons or the Bead and Button Company
http://www.duttonsforbuttons.co.uk/ 
http://italianbuttons.com/ 
http://www.beadandbuttoncompany.co.uk/ 

 

For second-hand buttons (or to use their examples to identify your button): their stock will change all the time, of course...
http://www.themilitariashop.co.uk/category/buttons/ 
http://www.kellybadge.co.uk/index.htm

 

Button-making history in Birmingham.
http://www.birminghampost.co.uk/lifestyle/nostalgia/button-making-returned-roots-birmingham-7487706 

 

Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter covers a great many of the street named in the Trade Directories and/or Factory Inspections in the 'History' section of this website. Its well worth a visit.
http://billdargue.jimdo.com/placenames-gazetteer-a-to-y/places-j/the-jewellery-quarter/
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~billburgoyne/button%20trade.htm
http://www.jewelleryquarter.net/

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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!