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A selection of buttonhooks which have been sold from 2007.

an impressive long handled Victorian BOOT buttonhook by John Newton Mappin, established in 1883 at 220 Regent Street, London & hallmarked Birmingham 1888. It is believed the company later became Mappin & Webb, the prestigious Jeweller & Silversmith in Regent Street, London

Item reference: 3516
Dimensions: 17 inches overall, possibly a record for the longest silver handled boot hook
Condition: good antique original
Price: £80 GB
Status: Sold

a silver handled American buttonhook by unknown maker marked STERLING

Item reference: 3519
Dimensions: 6 and 1/4 inches overall
Condition: good antique original
Price: £12 GB
Status: Sold

a Victorian silver handled BOOT buttonhook by Saunders & Shepherd, established in 1869 at 25 Bartletts Passage Buildings, London. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1888

Item reference: 3521
Dimensions: an impressive 14 & 3/4 inches
Condition: good antique original
Price: £52 GB
Status: Sold

a silver handled French glove buttonhook by unknown maker. There are marks for 800 (silver quality) and another which could be the maker.

Item reference: 3524
Dimensions: 4 and 3/8 inches overall
Condition: good antique original
Price: £10 GB
Status: Sold

a silver handled Art Nouveau  buttonhook by William Comyns & Sons, established in 1885 at 41/47 Beak Street, Regent Street, London. It is hallmarked London 1904.

Item reference: 3518
Dimensions: 9 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition: good antique original
Price: £25
Status: Sold

a silver handled buttonhook with engraved floral design, possibly of German origin

Item reference: 3468
Dimensions: 8 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £16 GB
Status: Sold

although this Victorian silver handled buttonhook looks fairly unremarkable, the date of the assay gives a clue to it’s rarity. Most silver handled buttonhooks follow the ladies dress fashion of the late 1800’s, when boots became fashionable during the reign of Queen Victoria. The maker’s mark JRSJ is for Judah Rosenthal & Samuel Jacob, established in 1876 at 23 Southampton Street, Fitzroy Square, London. The London assay date letter “K” in a shield is for 1885 the assay also including  Victoria’s head. It is rare for English silver handled buttonhooks assayed earlier then 1888.

Item reference: 3463
Dimensions: 7 and 1/4 inches overall
Condition: good antique original
Price: £18 GB
Status: Sold

A Victorian silver handled buttonhook by Levi & Salaman, established in 1873 at 143 Newhall Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked Birmingham 1898 and the embossed handle showing a gentleman serenading a lady with a lute mandolin

Item reference: 3466
Dimensions: 10 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition: good antique original
Price: £25 GB
Status: Sold

an Edwardian silver handled BOOT buttonhook by William James Holmes, established in 1898 at 173 Hockley Hill, Birmingham. It is hallmarked Birmingham 1902. The embossed handle shows a lady picking either fruit or blossom

Item reference: 3465
Dimensions: 11 and 1/4 inches overall
Condition: minor oxidation to the tip of the steel shank, otherwise good original
Price: £28 GB
Status: Sold

a Victorian ivory handled buttonhook with silver collar by Levi & Salaman, established in 1873 at 143 Newhall Street, Birmingham. The handle is in the style of a parasol and the silver collar was assayed  Birmingham in 1891

Item reference: 3486
Dimensions: 15 1/2 inches overall
Condition: old repair to the handle otherwise good antique original
Price: £60 GB
Status: Sold