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A selection of buttonhooks which have been sold from 2007.

a brass retracting STANHOPE glove hook with 6 views of Newcastle on Tyne. Railway Station, The High Level, Grainger Street, Grey Street and St Nicholas Church

Item reference: 2997
Dimensions: 2 and 1/2 inches closed
Condition: good original
Price: £60 GB
Status: Sold

A figural silver handled owl buttonhook with gemstone eyes by Crisford & Norris,  established in 1896 at 118 Vyse Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1906

Item reference: 2962
Dimensions: 7 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition: minor wear otherwise good original
Price: £65 GB
Status: Sold

an Edwardian silver handled boot buttonhook by William Neale & Sons, established in 1870 at 29 Warstone Lane, Birmingham. It is hallmarked for Chester 1902. The steel shaft also retains it’s original silver plated finish. One of two larger & heavier silver handled BOOT HOOKS. These were used by ladies to close buttons on Victorian/Edwardian stiff leather boots, also longer to cope with bending in tight corsets which were the fashion of the day!

Item reference: 2922
Dimensions: 14 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £40 GB
Status: Sold

Nr 1 of 5 larger & heavier silver handled BOOT HOOKS. These were used by ladies to close buttons on Victoria/Edwardian stiff leather boots, also longer to cope with bending in tight corsets which were the fashion of the day! This classic Art Nouveau boot hook is hallmarked London 1906 by Charles Dumenil, of 166 Broad Street, London established in 1879

Item reference: 2814
Dimensions: 10 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £30 GB
Status: Sold

an all-silver chatelaine foldover glovehook by Saunders & Shepherd, established in 1869 at Holborn, London. It is heavily chased and hallmarked for Birmingham 1889 plus Queen Victoria’s head. The hinge is good & strong giving a satisfying snap when closed

Item reference: 2706
Dimensions: 2 and 3/4 inches closed
Condition: good original
Price: £40 GB
Status: Sold

an owl with the garnet eyes to paraphrase Edmund de Waal’s eponymous hare with amber eyes! No – this is not a netsuke but a silver handled buttonhook by Crisford & Norris, established at 118 Vyse Street, Birmingham in 1896. The steel shank is marked English Make Steel. Garnet cut stones set in silver, it is hallmarked for Birmingham 1912

Item reference: 2493
Dimensions: 5 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition: small distortion of one ear, otherwise good original
Price: £58 GB
Status: Sold

an antique brass fireside buttonhook in the form of an eagle

Item reference: 3348
Dimensions: 6 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition: good antique original
Price: £18 GB
Status: Sold

a Victorian silver handled BOOT buttonhook by Levi & Salaman, established in 1873 at 143 Newhall Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1898. These long handled boot hooks were sometimes described as “stout ladies hooks” because they helped to reduce bending down to fasten the buttons!

Item reference: 3333
Dimensions: 12 inches overall
Condition: good antique original
Price: £38 GB
Status: Sold

an unusual brass shank glove hook with glass enamel multi coloured ball terminal

Item reference: 3225
Dimensions: 2 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £28 GB
Status: Sold

a silver handled  Art Nouveau buttonhook with turquoise cabochon stone by Liberty & Co, established in 1875 at 156 Regent Street, London.

Item reference: 3179
Dimensions: 9 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £105 GB
Status: Sold