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A selection of buttonhooks which have been sold from 2007.

a steel and brass buttonhook with brass lattice handle & ball knops

Item reference: 3168
Dimensions: 6 inches overall
Condition: some bruising to the ball knop
Price: £15 GB
Status: Sold

A French boot buttonhook in brass with “bois durcis” scales. BD is an early form of plastic made from organic material.

Item reference: 3314
Dimensions: 8 and 1/4 inches overall
Condition: some damage to the toe as seen in the photo
Price: £45 GB
Status: Sold

an engraved silver handled buttonhook by G ? & Co and hallmarked for Birmingham 1902.

Item reference: 3246
Dimensions: 9 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £22 GB
Status: Sold

a lovely quality multi-tool penknife with silver scales by Joseph Rogers & Sons, one of the longest established Sheffield cutlers founded in the early 1700’s. It was said that “the history of the firm was to a large extent the history of the cutlery trade in Sheffield”. The firm prided itself on producing the best quality knives in Sheffield over more than two centuries and by 1870 they employed 1,200 workers and by 1871 were the largest cutlery factory in the world. The knife has 5 blades/implements but there is one strange anomaly with the factory marks on the blades in that all have various Rogers marks except the knife blade which is marked Harrison Bros & Howson, a factory competitor of Rogers who also traded in Sheffield. There was no trading relationship between the two firms although knife forgers often bought blanks from specialist knife forgers/grinders. Perhaps quality control missed the markings on the knife blade when carrying out the final inspection, we shall never know. The knife is hallmarked for Sheffield 1904

Item reference: 8596-A
Dimensions: 2 and 3/4 inches closed
Condition: usual oxidation on the steel implements but mechanically very sound
Price: £50 GB
Status: Sold

a silver handled buttonhook by Frank M Whiting Co, of North Attleboro, Massachusetts, USA. The handle is in the form of a posy holder and is hand worked

Item reference: 8581
Dimensions: 8 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £60 GB
Status: Sold

one of a series of six Victorian BOOT BUTTONHOOKS, this extra large figural one by William Acraman, established in 1886 at 11 Upper Marylebone Street London. It is hallmarked London 1887 and displays Victoria’s head on the assay mark

Item reference: 8563
Dimensions: 13 and 1/4 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £60 GB
Status: Sold

a silver handled Art Nouveau buttonhook by Theodore W Foster & Bros of Providence, Rhode Island, USA. The subject is of a classical lady caressing a child

Item reference: 8547
Dimensions: 8 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £22 GB
Status: Sold

an all-silver American glove hook by one of the Whiting companies but as the mark is rubbed cannot be certain. It is also marked STERLING

Item reference: 8529
Dimensions: 3 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £18 GB
Status: Sold

a miniature silver swan figural glove hook by Adie & Lovekin, established  in 1879 at Regent Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked Chester 1912

Item reference: 8512
Dimensions: 2 and 1/4 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £35 GB
Status: Sold

a  Chinese Export all-silver buttonhook with applied prunus blossom & foliage. The makers’ mark is in Chinese script with Roman letters W?

Item reference: 2886
Dimensions: 6 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £45 GB
Status: Sold