Hunt Button Collecting

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….