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A selection of buttonhooks which have been sold from 2007.

an engraved silver handled buttonhook by Gorham Manufacturing Co, of Providence, Rhode Island USA. It is marked STERLING B266

Item reference: 3033
Dimensions: 6 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £7 GB
Status: Sold

a Victorian cast silver eagles claw with steel shaft & holding a silver ball by Charles Boyton, established at Upper Charles Street, London in 1809. Boyton is known for producing some of the earliest silver boot buttonhooks, almost all with figural handles of birds & animals. They are quality items and much sought after. This eagles claw is hallmarked with Victoria’s head for London 1889

Item reference: 3007
Dimensions: 12 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition: good original with very little wear of the silver handle
Price: £140 GB
Status: Sold

an all-silver American glove hook by Whiting Manufacturing Co, established in 1866 in New York. It is marked STERLING

Item reference: 2697
Dimensions: 3 and 1/4 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £28 GB
Status: Sold

one of the most unusual chatelaine Oriental glove button hooks of Japanese origin although imported into the USA. The style is sometimes known as Shakudo but more accurately,  damascened decorative metal inlays. The miniature glove hook is in a scabbard construction with the hook fitting  into the case which has inlays of silver & gold alloys. The end caps are in a rose coloured gold alloy.

Item reference: 2950
Dimensions: 2 inches closed
Condition: good original
Price: £50 GB
Status: Sold

a silver and enamel glove hook with Isle of Mann coat of arms & British Crown. It has the makers mark W.J.H for William James Holmes, established in 1898 at Hockley Street, Birmingham

Item reference: 2839
Dimensions: 2 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £28 GB
Status: Sold

a figural handled celluloid buttonhook in the form of a duck’s head

Item reference: 2753
Dimensions: 6 and 1/4 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £68 GB
Status: Sold

one of the most sought after figural animal buttonhooks, the Spaniel and not only one but a matching pair! This shoehorn and buttonhook have heavy silver handles and are by Crisford & Norris, established at 118 Vyse Street, Birmingham in 1896. The steel shanks are both marked Steel. The shank on the buttonhook has a nice aged patina indicating much use over it’s 110 year life but the silver handle is in good condition. The marks are rubbed but the date letter is clear for 1901, the start of the  Edward VII reign.

Item reference: 2559
Dimensions: button hook 8 and 5/8 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £180 pair GB
Status: Sold

figural gilt brass glove button hook in the form of an owl. It has glass eyes and an agate top hat.

Item reference: 2423
Dimensions: 4 and 1/8 inches overall
Condition: some gilding is worn but otherwise good original
Price: £48 GB
Status: Sold

a white metal BOOT buttonhook of American origin with handle in the form of a stag antler

Item reference: 3253
Dimensions: 10 & 1/2 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £18 GB
Status: Sold

an unusual  Victorian silver handled button hook hallmarked Birmingham 1897. I believe it is probably an old conversion from a parasol handle

Item reference: 3192
Dimensions: 5 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £18 GB
Status: Sold