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Hopper Back
Hopper Back
Item Id: BACK-HOP
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Hopper Back - 20 pieces
Hopper Back - 1 GR (144)
Hopper Back - 5 GR (720)
Patented in 1869 for use in automatic "hopper" machines, hence the name.  Sometimes called a self-shank or molded button because the shank and back are one piece.  Sits lower than wire eyes and commonly used when a lower profile button is desired.  Very popular for custom and ready-to-wear modern apparel.

We stock aluminum and rust-resistant hoppers as available from the factory.  Additional sizes and materials may be available by special order—please call.  #45 RR hoppers are also stocked in gold and black. *** SEE BELOW

Aluminum hoppers must be paired with aluminum shells and are not be suitable for heavy fabrics.  RR hoppers may be paired with either aluminum or RR shells.  Low wall shells tend to yield better results—as always, please test.  Fits most American standard button dies (please ask for samples to be sure).  Also fits Rowley button dies when paired with low wall shells, either aluminum or rust-resistantButton shells (fronts) sold separately.


*** Before you use your new hoppers...  PLEASE READ!!!

Osborne #16, #18, and #20 button dies have inside diameters that are slightly smaller than standard, meaning backs from other factories (like hoppers) tend not to fit.  Most other American dies work just as they are (please request samples to test).  Your Osborne die must be modified.  We used to offer this as a complimentary service but rising machining costs no longer permit it.  Please contact us for details.