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A selection of buttonhooks which have been sold from 2007.

a base metal imp glove hook with silver FOB and chain dated 1893

Item reference: 8544
Dimensions: 4 and 1/4 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £10 GB
Status: Sold

an all-silver glove hook from Whiting Manufacturing Co of New York NY USA. Embossed with lily of the valley, it is one of the enduring favourites from this American silversmith

Item reference: 8526
Dimensions: 3 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £25 GB
Status: Sold

these silver glove buttoners with FOB are usually American but as there are no marks cannot be sure. The FOB displays a lovely fine spider!

Item reference: 8510
Dimensions: 5 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £15 GB
Status: Sold

an all-silver buttonhook from the famous American ‘SHIEBLER’ a factory for sheer range and beauty of design it excelled in everything it produced .George W Shiebler was acknowledged for his skill and cleverness of the designs and became noted for their medallion work, inspired by the excavations at Pompeii & Herculanaeum. In addition to the Shiebler “WINGS” the buttonhook  is also marked 4220 STERLING and the Greek word XAPIZ (the letter Z is reversed)

Item reference: 2885
Dimensions: 6 and 3/8 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £95 GB
Status: Sold

a silver handled BOOT button hook with trailing foliage and poppy flower by Henry Matthews, established in 1893 at Vittoria Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1904

Item reference: 3280
Dimensions: 10 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £25 GB
Status: Sold

one of two ( see ref 3248) most unusual buttonhooks of American origin. Silver plated, probably on brass, with fish, bird, hare symbols plus glass paste “jewels”

Item reference: 3249
Dimensions: 7 and 1/4 inches overall
Condition: some loss of plate
Price: £28 GB
Status: Sold

an all-silver Chinese Export silver buttonhook by Wang Hing, decorated  with dragons in relief Wang Hing and Co. are one of the most famous, certainly the most prolific Chinese export silver makers in the world. This reputation is largely due to the firm’s relationship with Tiffany’s – as it was a long held belief that Wang Hing and Co. directly supplied Tiffany and Co. with Chinese Export silver.

Item reference: 8593
Dimensions: 9 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £45 GB
Status: Sold

a very simple but charming cast iron buttonhook in the form of the Eiffel Tower

Item reference: 8577
Dimensions: 4 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £10 GB
Status: Sold

an all-silver one piece Art Nouveau buttonhook by William Vale & Sons established in 1883 at 82/83 Unett Street, Birmingham. The buttonhook displays the makers mark W V & S plus the import  Birmingham mark for 1904 onwards. William Vale were known importers of French button hooks

Item reference: 8559
Dimensions: 8 and 1/4 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £40 GB
Status: Sold

an enamel & silver-gilt glovehook by the famous Norwegian firm of David Andersen

Item reference: 8543
Dimensions: 2 and 7/8 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £28 GB
Status: Sold