Hammond Turner Dickinson button, Isle of Man

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Mark Leadley contacted me after finding this button in a field just outside Peel on the Isle of Man. He has found a number of interesting buttons featuring the treskele (or triskelion), the three-legged symbol of the Isle of Man. 

This is a dress button which was gilded all over when it was new and must have been very striking. It has a finely indented edge, rather like milling but only on the front surface rather than round the edge like a coin. The decoration includes what look like ears of wheat emerging from a complex design made up of tiny circles with an eight-pointed star at its centre. The shank is intact and, most marvellously, it contains some fine threads of linen from where it was sewn on to a garment.

Mark was kind enough to offer to donate the button to my collection when he first contacted me about it: thank you, Mark! My two catalogue images of the button can be found in the Gallery called Dandy and dress buttons 2.

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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!