Potter Brooch – Dorset ‘Singleton’ Button
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These lovely Dorset Button brooches use the ‘Singleton’ design.
The Singleton button is one of the four main designs of the Dorset Button range. The original buttons were made using a metal ring covered in fabric, usually linen, filled with a small amount of sheep wool and then stitched on the inside of the ring. They are thought to have been designed by a Dorset family involved in the Dorset Button industry.
These ‘Potter’ Singleton buttons are made by printing the design onto fabric and use a 35mm ring. I have mounted them onto square buttons which acts as a frame. The button has a brooch fastening on the back. The brooch measures 45mm x 45mm.
These brooches are complied with the help of two Etsy shops. In 2015 I purchased and downloaded the images from Bargain Digital, and buttons are from The Button Shack.
I have tried to match as closely as I can the colours of each brooch. However, please note that the colours of the actual brooch may not be exactly like the image as monitors varies.
Dorset Buttons originated in Shaftesbury in the 1620s. They became a major cottage industry in Dorset creating employment and income for many families. By the 1780s 4,000 women and children were employed in the industry. The industry came to an end in the 1800s with the introduction of a button making machine.
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