Hammond Turner button found in Scotland
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.