The first button in the new Sporting gallery 4 is amazingly well-travelled. It was generously donated to my collection by Stan Purcell of Gordon, Victoria, Australia, seen here with his metal detector.

Marty Wiemert, a member of Metal Detecting Maine, recently found a Hammond Turner button at an old site. Marty very kindly donated the button to my collection.

Grant Maxwell-Thomson recently found a Hammond Turner button whilst metal detecting: he kindly sent it to me to add to my collection.

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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!