This is going to be short! I have been searching for information on Yorkshire buttons and they are proving elusive. There is a type of button which goes by the name of ‘Yorkshire button’ and I have found references to them here and there, but I can find no historical proof that they were linked exclusively to Yorkshire. I have a sneaking suspicion they might be a relatively recent invention but I remain unsure.
Anyway, for now all I can say is that they are a type of hand stitched button. Made by creating a circular woven wheel, traditionally from woollen yarn and stuffing it to form a sphere. You can find more detailed instructions on how to make them here, as for no particular reason the Yorkshire Button is the subject of my very first tutorial found on my How to….page. So, even if its own history is a bit hazy, it now has a place in the history of Potter Wright and Webb!
If, by any chance, you can shed light on the history of this humble button then please let me know.