Hammond Turner button found in Maine

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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.

Marty found this button in his home state in the USA and contacted me about it. First he sent me photos, then he sent the button which makes a wonderful contribution to my collection. I cannot explain the back mark at the moment.

The button is a one-piece with a soldered shank and was made between 1820 and 1850 (roughly) as that was the period during which the company was known as Hammond Turner and Sons. The early style lettering is a further clue to the date.

Thanks Marty!

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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.

What we don't do

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