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Artillery button (military gallery)
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Rampant goat (livery gallery)
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Hammond Turner & Sons with crown
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Hammond Turner & Dickinson
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Hammond Turner & Sons plus!
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C & J Weldon London (not in a gallery, yet...)
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Lion Works, Birmingham (not in a gallery yet...)
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C&J Weldon London (not in a gallery)
Features a fishing basket (sporting gallery)
Hammond Turner and Sons with crown
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Hammond Turner & Sons Extra Quality with crown
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H T & Sons Birmm (sic)
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Weldon (not in gallery)
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Hammond Turner and Sons for John Bowen and Co.
HT&D superfine with crown
This appears to be a 'blank' as there is no evidence that the shank was ever attached to the centre circle. (The front is on the left.)
Is it likely that the back was stamped before the front, or were they both stamped at the same time?
It may have been made to test a new die for the backmark, or it may have simply been a plain button which escaped the finishing process(es).
Is the slightly raised 'rim' characteristic of certain types of button, or would it have been trimmed/stamped away at a later stage of manufacture?
So many questions for one small button! I could probably answer some of them if only I had the time to read the articles I have included on this website...
This is included as much for the 'whistle back' construction as for the backmark.
Front is image 18 in Dandy gallery
The ebay purchase came from a seller in Norfolk, England who dug it up. The front is image 16 in the military gallery.
This button was dug up in the garden of an old house near Truro in Cornwall and the finder, Jay, contacted me through this website.
I am delighted that he did because it is such an old backmark.
The front (not included in a gallery) is almost blank: whether that is from corrosion after being in the soil for around 200 years, or whether it was made as a plain front, I cannot tell.
This button came from an ebay seller in Canada: the front can be seen in the Military gallery, image 19.
This button is not in my collection: it forms part of the National Rail Museum's collection in York.
Made for the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway (which was established in DAD 1786, according to the button), this button has the clear back mark Hammond Turners & Bate Manchester
I have not previously seen this back mark and am thrilled that the NRM have given me permission to use these two photos, which remain their copyright.
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