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A selection of buttonhooks which have been sold from 2007.

a sliver handled buttonhook with embossed floral design, marked with the 800 silver standard. The steel shank is stamped SHEFFIELD MADE but the silver handle is most likely German

Item reference: 3593
Dimensions: 7 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition: good antique original
Price: £10 GB
Status: Sold

a heavy silver handled buttonhook with an embossed leaf & flower design. The shaft is marked STEEL.ENGLISH MADE otherwise no distinguishing marks on the silver handle

Item reference: 3583
Dimensions: 8 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition: good antique original
Price: £12 GB
Status: Sold

a gilt brass with agate ball buttonhook in the form of a winged serpent. This is one of a range of novelty buttonhooks many with an agate ball of varying colours

Item reference: 3601
Dimensions: 4 and 3/8 inches overall
Condition: some minor discoloration to the brass, otherwise good antique original
Price: £48 GB
Status: Sold

A silver penknife combination with engraved MoP scales.  The silver blade and back are also ornately engraved & worked. The maker is George Guirren Rhoden who worked in Sheffield and  is hallmarked for Sheffield 1900

Item reference: 3603
Dimensions: 11 cms open, 6 cms closed
Condition: good antique original
Price: £52
Status: Sold

a bronze antique Shakudo Japanese buttonhook inlaid with copper & silver . There is an inscription on both front & back of the handle in Japanese script

Item reference: 3602
Dimensions: 19 cms overall
Condition: good antique original
Price: £78 GB
Status: Sold

a silver handled buttonhook of intermediate size by Adie & Lovekin, established at 23 Frederick Street, Birmingham in 1879. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1904.

Item reference: 3596
Dimensions: 6 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition: some oxidation of the steel otherwise good antique original
Price: £15 GB
Status: Sold

a Victorian silver handled glove hook with gilt wash by Levi & Salaman, established in 1873 at 18/20 Upper Hockley Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked Birmingham but date letter is rubbed

Item reference: 8642
Dimensions: 2 and 5/8 inches overall
Condition: loss of gilt wash
Price: £9 GB
Status: Sold

an all-silver glove buttonhook by Adie & Lovekin, established in 1879 at Regent Street, Birmingham. It bears the ALLd makers mark but no identifying date letter

Item reference: 8738
Dimensions: 2 and 1/4 inches overall
Condition: good antique original
Price: £12 GB
Status: Sold

a very early pistol grip buttonhook by Judah Rosenthal & Samuel Jacob, established in 1876 at 23 Southampton Street, Fitzroy Square, London. It is hallmarked London 1886

Item reference: 3356
Dimensions: 8 inches overall
Condition: some minor bruising to the handle typical of this age but shank has a lovely aged patina
Price: £18 GB
Status: Sold

an Edwardian silver handled buttonhook by Levi & Salaman, established in 1873 at 143 Newhall Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked Birmingham 1902.

L&S produced many button hook designs the quality of which is significantly better than standard Birmingham silversmiths. The silver is heavier weight and the steel bolster where the shank meets the handle is a unique shape exclusive to the L&S.

Item reference: 3569
Dimensions: 9 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition: good antique original
Price: £18 GB
Status: Sold