Hunt Button Collecting

Can anyone identify this button?

Posted on Thursday, August 17, 2017
Written by: Firebrand

Do you know to which pack this button belongs?  Do the oak leaves and acorns give a clue?

Lord Seagrave’s & The Berkeley Hunt: A mystery solved and a new one to address.

Posted on Friday, August 4, 2017
Written by: Firebrand

I thought I’d extend things slightly from just buttons for this post.  One of the best, but lesser known, sources of historical information about hunts and hunting in England are the Victoria Histories of each county.  Not every county’s history has a section on hunting, but most do.  I found an interesting snippet in the…

A wonderful day at Peterborough

Posted on Thursday, July 20, 2017
Written by: Firebrand

A hearty ‘Thanks’ to everyone that visited my display of hunt buttons at The Festival of Hunting; with an especial vote of gratitude to Peter and Helen, whom hosted my son and me so well and introduced me to a lot of people, as well as putting on their usual great show on the Baily’s…

Identification needed

Posted on Friday, July 14, 2017
Written by: Firebrand

With less than a week to go before The Festival of Hunting, we are faced with an interesting puzzle to try to solve before the day.  Can anyone give a positive attribution to this unusual ‘joint-pack’ button?  The button looks early, say around 1800 to 1820, but with all that gilt missing and no visible…

A Question of Provenance: Or when is a Cotley button not a Cotley button?

Posted on Saturday, July 8, 2017
Written by: Firebrand

I ended my previous contribution by touching on the subject of attribution and being sure not to limit ourselves by saying such-and-such is THE Blankshire button.  When it comes to unidentified buttons, all collectors are willing to take the occasional leap of faith and make a best educated guess about an ‘unknown’ – myself included;…

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…