Wednesday, July 31, 2013

More history on the button making industry in Dorset

Here is a very interesting site documenting the history of Dorset and the button making industry.

Initially the buttons were made from a disc of the horn of Dorset Sheep, which as you can see from the picture of the Portland sheep provided a plentiful source of raw materials. The disk was covered with a piece of cloth and then overworked with a fine tracery of linen thread. The diameter of the buttons ranging from half an inch down to an unbelievable eighth of an inch.

High tops

Dorset Knobs

Enjoy, Debby

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