Hunt Button Collecting

To be, or not to be a hunt button? That is the question.

Posted on Friday, May 26, 2017
Written by: Firebrand

Over the years there have been a number of buttons that have taxed the brains of many a collector.  Some had us fooled for many years, until some digging around proved otherwise, others were discovered to be wrong ‘uns by sheer chance. Conversely, some that collectors had dismissed as sporting or stock pattern buttons were…

Holywell Hunt Club

Posted on Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Written by: Firebrand

One of the more remarkable items in the small hunting collection at the National Folk Museum of Wales is this tiny riding jacket worn by a lady member of the Holywell Hunt Club.  It dates from around 1790 – 1800 and has a plethora of club buttons. The Holywell Hunt Club (1767 – 1830) had…

Monogrammes and Devices

Posted on Friday, March 3, 2017
Written by: Firebrand

From the fairly simple to the down right ingenious, creating a design or monogramme for your hunt button can result in a miniature work of art.  Here are just a few of my favourites as illustrations. The Ystrad & Pentyrch button neatly combines Y, P and H into a beautifully simple pattern.  The spaghetti-like curlicues…

The (Almost) Forgotten Engraver / Die Cutter’s Art.

Posted on Friday, February 10, 2017
Written by: Firebrand

What approach do you take to collecting hunt buttons?  Some take the ‘got to have them all’ approach, which can end up a very expensive and life-long hobby.  So, how can one narrow down the search? Some apply a filter by type of hound, others a period-specific, others the locality-based (e.g. East Anglia, Wales, The…

Can anyone identify this button?

Posted on Friday, January 27, 2017
Written by: Firebrand

Here is our first request for help.  Does anyone know for certain to which pack or family this button belongs?  The initials P.T could be a surname or location/s.  The backmark on the reverse is simply Hammond & Co. London, which doesn’t help us date it very accurately.  The original company operated in the 18th/19th…

Some ‘Private’ buttons

Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Written by: Firebrand

To start the ball rolling I thought I would feature three buttons that have a common theme.  All three were especially commissioned by Masters during their term of office and differ from the established or better-known button. The first is a Belvoir Hunt button produced at some stage during Lord Forester’s twenty seven years between…

An Introduction to the Hunt Button Collecting section

Posted on Monday, January 16, 2017
Written by: Firebrand

Collecting hunt buttons goes back a long way, and the tradition of hunt staff collecting a large and a small example from other packs that they visited, or with which they held a joint meet, has expanded into a world-wide hobby, both within the hunting community and in the wider society of generalist button collectors….