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A selection of buttonhooks which have been sold from 2007.

a  steel buttonhook with brass &Greco/Roman heads super-imposed on the steel shaft

Item reference: 8588
Dimensions: 6 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £15 GB
Status: Sold

This William Comyns figural silver boothook of a woman in classical dress with three small children clinging to her is one of Comyns most sought after button hooks. The second-century Roman mother was known as Sophia, her children as Faith, Hope & Charity in the anglicised form. They are sometimes known as Charity & her children. This quartet of frail females stood up to the brutal might of Rome at a time when a mere whisper of dissent could mean death to a Roman citizen. Sophia was a widow under whose loving care her three daughters acquired a poise and Christian virtue, looked upon with respect by the village which they left for the rewarding city life of Rome, the Eternal City. Through their devout Christianity, they came into conflict with the Emperor Hadrian who did not share the view that Christianity was a harmless form of worship. The rest of the story will be included with the button hook for the successful buyer but as they became Saints you might guess the fate of the family! The heavy handle is cast in solid silver, not stamped in two halves as is more usual, and has the equally heavy stylized “London” steel shank which is typical of William Comyns production. It is hallmarked for London 1887 plus Victoria’s head making it one of the earliest Victorian boot hooks.

Item reference: 8572
Dimensions: 9 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £80 GB
Status: Sold

a silver handled BOOT buttonhook by Saunders & Shepherd, established in 1869 at Bartletts Passage Buildings, Holborn, London. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1904

Item reference: 8555
Dimensions: 11 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £25 GB
Status: Sold

an all-silver glove buttonhook with dog jumping through a hoop finial

Item reference: 8539
Dimensions: 3 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £25 GB
Status: Sold

a silver topped glove hook with the map of Australia hallmarked  Birmingham 1913

Item reference: 8522
Dimensions: 2 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £18 GB
Status: Sold

a silver handled glove hook with shell handle inset with turquoise stones.

Item reference: 8504
Dimensions: 3 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £32 GB
Status: Sold

an all steel engraved buttonhook in the form of a stork. It has a registered nr 153242 for 1890

Item reference: 2861
Dimensions: 5 inches overall
Condition: good original patina
Price: £28 GB
Status: Sold

a Victorian silver handled buttonhook by Edward Souter Barnsley, established in 1887 at 45 Frederick Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked Birmingham 1888

Item reference: 3302
Dimensions: 9 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £30 GB
Status: Sold

an all-silver 3 pce glove and buttonhook combination set by Whiting Manufacturing Co of New York USA

Item reference: 8607
Dimensions: largest buttonhook is 6 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £48 GB
Status: Sold

an Edwardian silver handled double sided figural buttonhook in the form of an owl with ruby eyes by Crisford & Norris, established in 1896 at 118 Vyse Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked Birmingham 1906. This the largest in the suite of owls produced by the maker

Item reference: 8571
Dimensions: 8 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition: minor bruise on the silver collar
Price: £40 GB
Status: Sold