The Birmingham Button Trade by John P
This article was first published
in 1866 as pages 432 to 451 inclusive of a book called 'The
Resources, Products, and Industrial History of Birmingham
and the Midland Hardware District: A Series of Reports, collected
by the local industries committee of the British Association
at Birmingham, in 1865'', edited by Samuel Timmins and published
in London by Robert Hardwicke, 192, Piccadilly.
If nothing else, the Victorians certainly knew how to write
a good all-embracing title!
[I have added illustrations where I have been able to find
appropriate ones: these are not copyright as far as I am aware
but anyone who feels that I have infringed their copyright
is welcome to contact me. I will remove any pictures which
turn out to be still in copyright.]
Read the whole article
here... or just the section which interests you:
The general history of
The development of the button trade in Birmingham
Linen and vegetable ivory buttons
Bone, glass and porcelain
What about the workers?
What about the workers abroad, especially France?
Germany, and Editor's final footnote