Hammond Turner &
Sons plus! Civil war dug very poor
specimen (military gallery) UPDATE!
This back mark is interesting because there is another maker's name within the outer circle: it is
impossible to read this one but I have since bought another button (see below) which tells more of the story, although there is still an element of mystery! Click
on the image for a supersize version.
I appealed for information about what it might say under all that verdigris... and I am very grateful to 'Rider' who suggested that it refers to the gilding and says 'Extra Super Fine'.
Image 6 C & J Weldon London
(not in a gallery, yet...) This button is included
because there was a business relationship and a friendship
between Hammond Turner and Weldon in the mid-1800s: Charles
Weldon was an administrator of William Hammond Turner's
will. There is another Weldon backmark below.
Image 7 Lion Works, Birmingham
(not in a gallery yet...) This was the trading name
of Hammond Turner in the early 20th century.
Image 8 H T & Sons Best Qualy Plated (sic) Reverse of basket-weave button (Dandy and Dress gallery)
Image 9 C&J Weldon London This front is very similar to a Hammond Turner front and is a uniform button for the Royal Artillery.
Image 10 Hammond Turner and Sons A simple stamped crown is the only other feature of this backmark to a button, featuring a fishing basket, from the sporting gallery.
Image 11 Hammond Turner & Sons Extra Quality From the sporting buttons gallery. The front bears an animal which may be a horse, a deer or even, as the seller suggested, a unicorn.
Image 12 H T & Sons Birmm (sic) Reverse of marbled glass waistcoat button, Dandy and dress gallery
Image 13 Weldon C&J Weldon, 130 Cheapside, London. There was a business connection between Weldon and Hammond Turner.
Image 14 Hammond Turner and Sons for John Bowen and Co. This is another version of the heavily verdigris-encrusted button above. It was made by Hammond Turner and Sons for John Bowen and Co. Does anyone know who John Bowen was? Please let me know!