Friday, 2 August 2013
Famous for providing tunic buttons for both Confederate and Unionist soldiers in the American Civil War, the last remaining traditional button manufacturer in the UK had to close its doors in December 2012 after 155 years and 5 generations of Grove family trading. Founded in 1857 by James Grove with his wife, Ann Elizabeth, James sold buttons from his hotel room as he travelled across Europe. Buttons were made mainly of horn or hoof. Records from 1917 show that around 600 men and women were making and polishing buttons by hand for the company. It was a highly labour-intensive industry - which was also high cost. Although horn buttons continued to be made, turned on power lathes, other buttons were made by the injection moulding process and were lately laser-engraved with personalized designer names and logos.
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Posted by N E E D L E P R I N T at 16:30