8th May 2022

Revisiting Birmingham once more.

William Elliott & Sons

William Elliott founded his firm around 1818 in Regent Street, specialising making naval and  army uniform buttons. He took out five patents for improvements in button manufacturing between 1837-1851, including one for a fancy silk button with a centred pattern that was so successful it made the firm one of the largest in Birmingham. He also improved upon the 3-fold linen button patented by John Ashton.

An Elliott patent silk button. See https://hammond-turner.com/elliotts-patent-button/

Around 1850 the firm was taken over by partners Dain, Watts, and Manton, which became Watts & Manton in 1869.

Advert. c.1858.

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