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A selection of buttonhooks which have been sold from 2007.

An all-silver buttonhook from the famous American ‘SHIEBLER’ – a factory for sheer range and beauty of design it excelled in everything it produced .George W Shiebler was acknowledged for his skill and cleverness of the designs and became noted for their medallion work, inspired by the excavations at Pompeii & Herculaneum

George W Shiebler started his silversmithing career in 1874 with Coles & Reynolds, a silver spoon manufacturing business but left the partnership & in 1876 began operating under the Shiebler name. At first, Shiebler continued to produce flatware patterns of the firms he had acquired but he soon began to create his own in the style of the aesthetic movement of the 1880’s which incorporated various applied naturalistic motifs, such as insects and other creatures to the surface of the silverware.
The “curio medallion” style was developed between 1880 and 1900 from patterns originally patented by John Polhamus in 1865, and whose business Shiebler had acquired in 1877. The cameo portraits, designed to simulate Greek coins and showing heads replicated from Greek mythology, were intended to look as if they had been unearthed at Pompeii or Herculaneum. In England it was known as the “Homeric” style, a description Shiebler himself used in his own advertising in 1900
Buttonhooks produced by Shiebler tend to be heavy in weight, have a solid feel and are almost always made entirely of silver, often slightly twisted and uneven in appearance. This pretty little glove hook is typical of the Shiebler style

Item reference: 8764
Dimensions: 3 inches overall
Condition: good antique original
Price: £45 GB
Status: Sold

A brass fireside buttonhook of an Irish Setter

Item reference: 3533
Dimensions: 5 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition: good antique original
Price: £15 GB
Status: Sold

a large Victorian silver handled BOOT buttonhook with London steel shank by Horton & Allday, established in 1860 at 195 Warstone Lane, Birmingham. The heavy silver handle depicts  the “Wind Man or Green Man” character (viz  a legendary being primarily interpreted as a symbol of rebirth, representing the cycle of new growth that occurs every spring. The Green Man is most commonly depicted in a sculpture, or other representation of a face which is made of, or completely surrounded by leaves). 

The BOOT hook is hallmarked Birmingham 1894 and has a registration design number  Rd 165399 confirming the design 1891

Item reference: 3467
Dimensions: 12 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition: good antique original
Price: £38 GB
Status: Sold

a brass fireside buttonhook of two Scotch Terriers

Item reference: 3532
Dimensions: 6 inches overall
Condition: good antique original
Price: £12 GB
Status: Sold

a brass fireside buttonhook in the form of an owl

Item reference: 3527
Dimensions: 5 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition: good antique original
Price: £10 GB
Status: Sold

a brass fireside buttonhook CYMRU celebrating Three Welsh Ladies in traditional dress

Item reference: 3522
Dimensions: 5 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition: good antique original
Price: £15 GB
Status: Sold

a Victorian silver handled buttonhook by Henry Charles Freeman , established in 1870 at 31 Hatton Garden. London. It is hallmarked London 1888.

Item reference: 3541
Dimensions: 8 inches overall
Condition: good antique original
Price: £10 GB
Status: Sold

a Victorian silver handled BOOT buttonhook by Adie & Lovekin, established in 1879 at 23 Frederick Street, Birmingham. Although the assay marks are rubbed, The Buttonhook Society has records of this design manufactured in 1888

Item reference: 3537
Dimensions: 14 & 1/2 inches overall
Condition: good antique original
Price: £35 GB
Status: Sold

a Victorian silver handled buttonhook with chased handle & acorn finial by Joseph Gloster Ltd, established in 1888 at 35 Vyse Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked Birmingham 1898

Item reference: 3531
Dimensions: 9 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition: good antique original
Price: £22 GB
Status: Sold

a brass duck with agate ball finial, part of a range of novelty animal glove hooks in a combination of brass and agate

Item reference: 3538
Dimensions: 4 inches overall
Condition: good antique original
Price: £35 GB
Status: Sold