Carol and Nadia have found some new tailors’ button variations for me. All of their stories can be found in the ‘Branded Buttons’ pages.
Have you heard of these? They are buttons drilled with 3 holes. The name may have come from the “dead-eyes”, which were 3 -holed wooden blocks used as part of a ship’s rigging.
Made of bone or metal,they were used for naval uniforms in the 19th century. According to a 2008 article from Australian Archeology, female convicts at the Parramatta “Female Factory” were supplied with dead-eye buttons in the 1830s-40s to sew onto prison clothing such as frocks, shirts, trousers and jackets.
The following is a tender request for sewing items including these buttons. Similar requests appeared in Australian newspapers from 1824 until 1852