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Old 04-10-22, 05:30 PM
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I did consider the "S", I have checked my collection and I have a Large WM 28th London (Artists) pre 1936 with the same reverse (no "S") as yours and it looks its age.

I also have a large pre 1922 Leinster Officers spun back button with the HOBSON & SON LONDON back mark.

Was there a period when Hobson just had the one son early in the twentieth century?

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Old 04-10-22, 05:54 PM
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Are we talking about this overpriced (IMHO) example on ebay?

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https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/334565685...parms=ispr%3D1
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Old 04-10-22, 06:37 PM
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Many Military Tailors sub-contracted badges, buttons and other accessories for officers uniforms, sometimes from the same contractors used by the government..

Hobsons are now based at Unit 4 Isabella Rd, Garforth, Leeds LS25 2DY and now mainly civilian workwear

https://gb.kompass.com/c/hobson-sons...td/gb82288047/
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Old 05-10-22, 09:23 AM
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Morning Rob,
Okay, so am I being far too cynical then, it just does not look original to me.
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I did consider the "S", I have checked my collection and I have a Large WM 28th London (Artists) pre 1936 with the same reverse (no "S") as yours and it looks its age.

I also have a large pre 1922 Leinster Officers spun back button with the HOBSON & SON LONDON back mark.

Was there a period when Hobson just had the one son early in the twentieth century?

Rob
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Just a list of backmarks, there may be typos and dots may not be accurate.
Alphabetical order


Hobson & Son, Haymarket London, 37 & 38 Windmill st.
Hobson & Son, 37 & 38 Windmill St., Haymarket, London
Hobson & Son, 94 St. Martins Lane, London W.C.
Hobson & Son, London
Hobson & Sons
Hobson & Sons (London)
Hobson & Sons (London) Ltd
Hobson & Sons Ld
Hobson & Sons Lexington St. London
Hobson & Sons, * * *
Hobson & Sons, . * .
Hobson & Sons, … Lexington St, London
Hobson & Sons, 13 & 5 Lexington St, Golden Square W
Hobson & Sons, 13 & 5 Lexington St, London
Hobson & Sons, 13 & 5 Lexington St, Golden Square W
Hobson & Sons, 13 & 5 Lexington St, London
Hobson & Sons, 13 & 5 Lexington St., London
Hobson & Sons, 3 & 5 Lexington St
Hobson & Sons, 37 & 38 Windmill St. Haymarket
Hobson & Sons, 94 St. Martins Lane, London
Hobson & Sons, Haymarket
Hobson & Sons, Haymarket London, ….(?)
Hobson & Sons, Lexington St
Hobson & Sons, Lexington St, London
Hobson & Sons, Lexington St, London W.
Hobson & Sons, Lexington St.
Hobson & Sons, Lexington St. London
Hobson & Sons, Lexington St. London W
Hobson & Sons, Lexington St. London W.
Hobson & Sons, Lexington St., London
Hobson & Sons, Lexington St., London N.W.
Hobson & Sons, Litter Windmill St., London
Hobson & Sons, Little Windmill St., London
Hobson & Sons, London
Hobson & Sons, London W
Hobson, London W.
Hobsons & Sons, Lexington St., London W
Hobsons & Sons, London
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What a brilliant list. Well done sir, did you research this maker, or do you have a reference book? Thanks for your imput.
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Old 07-10-22, 06:54 AM
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It is a list of Hobson backmarks seen on ebay and on buttons in my collection. I have contacted Hobson in the past and they replied they do not make buttons and do not hold stock.
Over time I have downloaded a couple of images to which I do not have copyright and will not reproduce on the forum.

One is a small shield with KC and text:
Hobson & Sons, Military Outfitters, 1.3 & 5
Lexington Street, Golden Square, London W

The other one is an 1812 One Penny Token from Sheffield:
Payable at S. Hobson & Son's button Manufacturers
(I have not done any research)

Member Fougasse1940 published a brief history of Hobson's in 2012 on the forum.
Member Rex added information from old directories.

Attached is a PDF of a 2007 document. I did not write down where I got it from.
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The other one is an 1812 One Penny Token from Sheffield:
Payable at S. Hobson & Son's button Manufacturers
A very quick search shows at least seven companies involved in metal working/cutlery etc in Sheffield that were named Hobson , so possibly no connection to London firm.

An Illustrated London article mention Mr.Charles Hobson 'organised the company' in 1850 and his sons Messrs. C and E Hobson in 1872 established their headquarters in St.Martin's Lane.

Also found a timeline :

94 St. Martin's Lane, SW. & 43 & 44 Artillery Place, Woolwich Street
1873-1877

37 & 38 Windmill Street, W. & 43 & 44 Artillery Place, Woolwich Street
1878-1884

37 & 38 Little Windmill Street, W.
1885-1886

1, 3, & 5 Lexington Street, Golden
Square, W.
1887-1899

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