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A selection of buttonhooks which have been sold from 2007.

one of two ( see ref 3249) most unusual buttonhooks of American origin. Silver plated, probably on brass, with a coiled snake superimposed on the handle

Item reference: 3248
Dimensions: 7 inches overall
Condition: good original but needs a clean!
Price: £30 GB
Status: Sold

a Victorian silver handled golf club buttonhook with agate inserts to the club face by Adie & Lovekin. It is hallmarked A&LL Chester 1897. All previous known golf clubs by Adie & Lovekin are from 1907 to 1913 and assayed in Birmingham but none with agate inserts so this is a rare item indeed

Item reference: 3220
Dimensions: 5 inches overall
Condition: slight distortion to the agate inlay
Price: £35 GB
Status: Sold

a pair of silver-gilt glove stretchers by Gorham Mfg Co of Providence, Rhode Island USA. The whole of the stretchers including the blades are solid silver and the handles have been gilded. Marks on the inside of the handle are for Gorham, STERLING patent 1885

Item reference: 2614
Dimensions: smaller than usual at 6 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition: some minor loss of the gilding, otherwise good original
Price: £38 GB
Status: Sold

Chinese Export all-silver buttonhook by Zee Sung of Shanghai & dating from the early 1900’s. It has an engraved floral cartouche with initial “M”. The hook is the typical Chinese “shepherds crook” profile

Item reference: 3047
Dimensions: 8 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £40 GB
Status: Sold

a French hand carved Corozo nut in the form of a parrot with glass eyes. The nut, alternatively known as tagua nut is a form of vegetable ivory. Highly prized, these south American carvings are also sometimes attached to French steel corkscrews.

Item reference: 3014
Dimensions: 4 inches overall
Condition: good original with one eye having been replaced
Price: £66 GB
Status: Sold

a figural silver handled buttonhook in the form of a panther by  Adie & Lovekin,  established in 1879 at Regent Street, Birmingham. The hallmark is rubbed but records from the Buttonhook Society confirm this design made from 1897-1901

Item reference: 2987
Dimensions: 6 and 5/8 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £45 GB
Status: Sold

a figural silver handled buttonhook in the form of a “teddy bear” by Crisford & Norris, established in 1896 at 118 Vyse Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1907

Item reference: 2959
Dimensions: 6 and 5/8 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £45 GB
Status: Sold

a 15ct (tested) gold handled glove hook, probably French

Item reference: 2873
Dimensions: 3 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £55 GB
Status: Sold

A French cloisonné enamel on brass glovehook with remaining traces of gilding. The Buttonhook Society records show only one previous example of cloisonné buttonhooks so this is certainly rare if not almost unique. The French attribution relates not only to the enamel but also to the “shepherds crook”

Item reference: 2779
Dimensions: 5 inches overall
Condition: apart from gilding loss, good original
Price: £75 GB
Status: Sold

an agate & brass halberd axe buttonhook, the original weapon of which  dates to the 14th/15th century. The origins go back to Swiss German, known as a HELLEBARDE and popular in battle for it’s multiple use.

Item reference: 2646
Dimensions: 5 and 1/4 inches overall
Condition: these hooks frequently have one or more of the spikes missing which are somewhat fragile so it is nice to see one complete
Price: £38 GB
Status: Sold