Hammond Turner button found in Victoria

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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.

An amazing find!
Dug up by Stan Purcell while he was metal detecting in the Creswick Regional Park in Victoria, Australia. Having found this website, Stan generously donated his find to my collection: it has been a bit flattened but it shows a fox apparently lying down.
Made by Hammond Turner & Sons, between roughly 1820 and 1850, in Birmingham, England. Did a gentleman emigrating to Australia take a coat with this button on it with him? Did the button continue to be used long after it was made?

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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!