The book of trades; or, Familiar descriptions of the most useful trades, manufactures, and arts practised in England : and the manner in which the workmen perform their various employments.
(undated, inscribed 1829)
The button maker., p. 24
24 THE BUTTON MAKER. THERE are several kinds of buttons; some are manufactured of gold and silver lace; others of mohair, silk, horse-hair, thread, glass, metal, &c. The metal buttons are the most common that are marle, and the process is very simple after the metal comes out of the foun- der's hands. The pieces of metal are either cast or cut to the proper size, and then sent to the Button-maker, who has dies or stamps according to the pattern wanted. The dies are fixed. in a machine, and, by means of a pulley, a man raises a weight, to the lower part of which is fixed another die, and by letting the weight fall down upon the metal, he effects his object. After this operation they are to be shanked, which is performed by means of solder: they are then polished by women. The wrought buttons in silk, mohair, thread, &c. are chiefly made at Maccles- field, and form the staple commodity of the place. These are chiefly wrought with needles. Shirt-buttons are made in consi- derable quantities at Axminster in Devon- shire. Metal-buttons are chiefly manufac- tured in Birmingham.
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