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A selection of buttonhooks which have been sold from 2007.

an all-silver antique Chinese Export Silver handled buttonhook by Tuck  Chang, of Shanghai founded during the Qing dynasty,

Tuck Chang (1870-1920) was highly regarded and the sought after retail silversmith of  Shanghai, expertly combining Chinese traditional motifs with the western tastes of the late 19th Century Victorians and on into the influence and styles of the Art Deco period.

The hand wrought handle of this buttonhook is richly embossed with chrysanthemum and a stippled background enhancing the foliage of the flower

 

Item reference: 3380
Dimensions: 8 inches overall
Condition: good antique original
Price: £36 GB
Status: Sold

a heavy quality Victorian silver handled BOOT buttonhook with London steel shank by Deakin & Francis, established in 1882 at 15/17 Regent Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked Birmingham 1894. The company was known for the quality of it’s silversmithing and long established  until it closed in the 1980’s, 100 + years of production.

Item reference: 3376
Dimensions: 13 inches overall
Condition: good antique original
Price: £60 GB
Status: Sold

a miniature silver glove hook in the form of a Lincoln Imp.

Item reference: 8508
Dimensions: 2 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £15 GB
Status: Sold

one of the most intriguing buttonhooks I have seen in a lifetime of buttonhook research. The fashion for buttons, button boots etc is principally influenced by Western dress trends so American & European countries were the major contributors to buttonhook design. However, Eastern culture & particularly Japanese style is reflected in some American glove/button hooks and this bronze example follows this influence. So where are we with this bronze organic design with overlays of gilt flora –  there are no examples in the Buttonhook Society records of this buttonhook, nor are there any identifying makers marks etc.

Suffice to say it is a wonderful example of a unique buttonhook, probably from the Art Nouveau period of the late 1800’s to early 1900’s

 

Item reference: 3378
Dimensions: 12 inches overall
Condition: slight distortion of the hook end, otherwise good antique original
Price: £75
Status: Sold

a Whitby Jet hand carved handled glove hook

Item reference: 3362
Dimensions: 3 inches overall
Condition: good antique original
Price: £25 GB
Status: Sold

a pair of Art Deco silver gilt buttonhook & shoehorn by London maker Charles Dumenil, established in 1879 at 16 Broad Street, London and  hallmarked London 1921. The cartouche NANCY would have been a special commission as it is integral with the engine turned design

Item reference: 3263
Dimensions: 7 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition: some loss of gilt
Price: £24 GB
Status: Sold

a large buttonhook with Mother-of-pearl handle and silver collar

Item reference: 8589
Dimensions: 8 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £28 GB
Status: Sold

an agate glove hook with plated metal shank & collars. This design is made in a large number of different agates but the yellow brown colorway is unusual.

Item reference: 3352
Dimensions: 6
Condition: good
Price: £15 GB
Status: Sold

a brass fireside buttonhook with the image of a military person and underneath the inscription QUARTER JACK. I am not sure what the role of Quarter Jack was but it may be related to sea navigation or signalling flags

Item reference: 3391
Dimensions: 6 inches overall
Condition: good antique original
Price: £10 GB
Status: Sold

An antique  Chinese Export all-silver combination shoe horn buttonhook by Luen Hing, established in Shanghai C1910. The decoration is an entwined dragon motif on the handle with an impressive embossed dragon cartouche on the shoehorn.

Item reference: 3382
Dimensions: 9 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition: distortion & tiny split to the shoehorn blade
Price: £38 GB
Status: Sold