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.
This web site has been created by Lesley Close as an on-line museum displaying some of the buttons and other artefacts manfactured 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 150 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!