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Sewing1188 of 1628PLYMSKEW CLOTHES?Centennial (Koyo?) Serial#0445
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Posted 5 years ago


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Mr. E. E. Brown of California made Tunbridge Turnery type wooden buttons during the 1960’s. The original Tunbridge Turney buttons were made in the 17th and 18th centuries and the art was lost as the artisans passed away. Mr. Brown was an ardent wood collector and rediscovered the process.
Small pieces of many differently-colored, natural woods are carefully cut into a variety of geometric shapes. These are then carefully fitted together and arranged into designs which best enhance the beauty of different woods. Looking like inlay from the top, these buttons are not inlaid; but, rather, fitted together so that both front and back show the variations of shapes and the complete pattern.


  1. inky inky, 4 years ago
    I have four beautiful Tunbridge ware silk winders I found in a sewing box I bought at auction in England and I keep meaning to frame them, they are perfect and I love them…. I have never seen them as a button before all sorts of other things but! never buttons…thanks for sharing!...:-)

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