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A selection of buttonhooks which have been sold from 2007.

one of a series of novelty mini folding glove buttonhooks, generally known as “Christmas cracker hooks”

This is the small size, has green enamel scales and was imported by Cohen & Charles, established in 1890 at Thavies Inn House, London EC1

Item reference: 8752
Dimensions: 1 inches closed
Condition: good antique original
Price: £9 GB
Status: Sold

one of a series of novelty mini folding glove buttonhooks, generally known as “Christmas cracker hooks”

This one has silver scales and was imported by Cohen & Charles, established in 1890 at Thavies Inn House, London EC1

Item reference: 8748
Dimensions: 1 inch closed overall
Condition: some oxidation of the steel otherwise good antique original
Price: £8 GB
Status: Sold

an all-silver horse shoe fold-over buttonhook by Adie & Lovekin, established in 1879 at Regent Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked Birmingham 1912. The hallmark is Birmingham but the date letter is rubbed

Item reference: 8745
Dimensions: 1 and 1/8 inches closed
Condition: good antique original
Price: £18 GB
Status: Sold

a lovely example of an aesthetic silver handle design featuring dragon flies by Levi & Salaman, established in 1873 at 143 Newhall Street, Birmingham. The makers marks are rubbed but the date letter is clear for Birmingham 1890.

Item reference: 8755
Dimensions: 10 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition: good antique original
Price: £36 GB
Status: Sold

a rare example of this all-steel swordfish buttonhook, a cousin of the more common heron. It is registered RD154235 dating it to between May 10th to August 12th 1890

Item reference: 8754
Dimensions: 4 and 1/8 inches overall
Condition: some oxidation of the steel otherwise good antique original
Price: £36 GB
Status: Sold

an all-silver Victorian combination glove & loop buttoner by Levi & Salaman, established in 1873 at 143 Newhall Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked Birmingham 1898. The item usually forms part on a L&S boxed set and the buttoner secures one of the other implements in the cover

Item reference: 8736
Dimensions: 2 inches overall
Condition: good antique original
Price: £15 GB
Status: Sold

a miniature glove button hook by H. Wharwood Auster,established in 1868 at Skinner Lane Birmingham. It bears the Lion Sterling mark but no date letter.

Also a damaged glove hook with arrow feathers and incomplete London marks.

Item reference: 8735
Dimensions: mini glove hook 1 and 1/4 inches overall
Condition: mini glove hook good antique original, feather glove hook for academic interest only!
Price: £10 GB
Status: Sold

an interesting all-silver glove buttonhook with “pineapple” knop by an unknown maker. It simply bears the Lion Passant mark denoting English Sterling.

Item reference: 8740
Dimensions: 2 and 3/8 inches overall
Condition: good antique original
Price: £18 GB
Status: Sold

a silver glove buttonhook with steel shank by Charles Horner, established at Northgate, Halifax in 1885. The company was famous for it’s production of Art Nouveau jewelry but also produced a few buttonhook designs including the “carpet beater” as featured here. It is hallmarked Chester but the date letter is rubbed.

Item reference: 8733
Dimensions: 2 inches overall
Condition: good antique original
Price: £28 GB
Status: Sold

a gilt metal and amethyst paste glove buttonhook

Item reference: 8725
Dimensions: 1 and 7/8 inches overall
Condition: good antique original
Price: £12 GB
Status: Sold