Hammond Turner button found in Scotland

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

Grant is a keen metal detectorist who found this button near his home in Faslane.

The front of the button (which seems to have lost all of its gilding) appears to be completely plain and does not make a good photo. This is a one-piece with a soldered (and badly bent) shank. The button was made between 1820 and 1850, during which time the company was called Hammond Turner and Sons. Again, the early style of lettering is a clue to the date. There is what looks like a bow near the top, a delightful detail and one whose significance I cannot explain. The number 9429 which appears at the bottom is a complete mystery!

Thank you very much, Grant, for contacting me after finding this button and for sending it to add to my collection.

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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.

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The button-making company Hammond Turner no longer exists - we do not make buttons!