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A selection of buttonhooks which have been sold from 2007.

an all-silver “bowls trophy ” glove hook

Item reference: 3237
Dimensions: 2 and 1/8 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £18 GB
Status: Sold

a silver & niello handled glove buttonhook of unknown origin. Niello  is a metallic alloy with sulfur which is used as a surface decoration technique which, much like enamel, is fused to a silver base. The luster of niello, however, is metallic instead of vitreous and it is much tougher than enamel

Item reference: 8587
Dimensions: 3 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £25 GB
Status: Sold

the third & final Victorian combination Vesta case to be listed in the run-up to Christmas. A multi-tool vesta by Walter Thornhill & Co, established in 1879 at 144 New Bond Street London W1.  It is assayed London 1883. The vesta would be carried by a society gentleman to hold his vesta matches, likely be highly inflammable & sometimes possibly to spontaneously ignite, hence the airtight container. The striker is on the back of the case.  In addition to the vesta case would be an assortment of other “tools” e.g. knife, pencil, corkscrew cigar cutter etc. etc. & this example has the penknife, propelling pencil cigar spike and buttonhook. They are made from heavy gauge silver with steel implements, made to last, rare & highly collected!

Item reference: 8578
Dimensions: 3 inches closed
Condition: These vesta cases would have been intensively used over the 130 years particularly in the Victorian/Edwardian period when they were fashionable and smoking was almost universal. Unlike a buttonhook they would have been carried and used as a very personal item. Generally the silver elements are in a condition not dissimilar to buttonhooks but the steel tools get more use and knife blades often show age. However, they were made by top quality silversmiths, rare and still highly collected.(small "nick" to the steel blade)
Price: £280 GB
Status: Sold

an all-silver combination buttonhoook & shoehorn by C W Fletcher, established in 1894 at 69 Arundel Street. It is assayed for Sheffield 1908

Item reference: 8549
Dimensions: 8 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £28 GB
Status: Sold

a miniature penknife glove hook plus two knife blades and scissors. No identifying marks

Item reference: 8537
Dimensions: 1 and 3/4 inches closed
Condition: good original
Price: £25 GB
Status: Sold

a white metal & enamel  glove hook  with steel shank commemorating the Coronation of George VI & Queen Elizabeth. in 1937.

Item reference: 8520
Dimensions: 3 and 1/4 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £25 GB
Status: Sold

a white metal glove hook with winged humanoid figure terminal of unknown origin

Item reference: 8502
Dimensions: 3 and 3/8 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £15 GB
Status: Sold

a  Chinese Export all-silver buttonhook with applied bamboo foliage. The makers’ mark is WH for Wang Hing who worked out of Hong Kong in the late 19th early 20th centuries.

Item reference: 2855
Dimensions: 9 and 1/4 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £40 GB
Status: Sold

a Mother of Pearl buttonhook, believed to be American and in addition to floral decoration is inscribed MINME

Item reference: 3308
Dimensions: 8 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £22 GB
Status: Sold

a  heavy quality silver combination folding buttonhook & shoehorn by Charles William Fletcher, established in 1894 at 69 Arundel Street, Sheffield. It is hallmarked Sheffield 1906

Item reference: 8586
Dimensions: 4 inches closed
Condition: very strong mechanical action
Price: £40 GB
Status: Sold