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A selection of buttonhooks which have been sold from 2007.

a single Victorian boot hook hallmarked for London 1888. It is in the original Morocco leather case and condition of the buttonhook is quite exceptional, I guess it has rarely been out of the case.  15 inches long with a London shank which retains the original silver plating  as new. The heavy cast silver handle bears the maker’s mark FBM for Frederick Bradford McCrea, he was General Manager of the Army & Navy Stores in Victoria, London & were suppliers to  Military & Naval Officers & gentleman. Intriguingly, in addition to the hallmark it has the military arrow stamped on the handle which would indicate it was possibly purchased for an Officers Mess

Item reference: 3184
Dimensions: 15 inches overall
Condition: as new!
Price: £118 GB
Status: Sold

a Victorian silver handled BOOT buttonhook by unknown maker whose mark is MR. It was assayed in Birmingham in 1890

Item reference: 3058
Dimensions: 11 inches overall
Condition: minor bruising to one side of the handle
Price: £18 GB
Status: Sold

a silver handled buttonhook with embossed design of a peacock displaying its feathers by Francis Webb, established in 1887 at 19 Great Hampton Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1908

Item reference: 3027
Dimensions: 6 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £8 GB
Status: Sold

an all-silver glove hook inset with Irish Connemara marble agate in the form of a shamrock. Made by Henry Griffith & Sons of Leamington Spa, Warwickshire. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1910

Item reference: 3000
Dimensions: 2 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £22 GB
Status: Sold

an English silver handled buttonhook with horse & rider terminal. Although  the silver is not marked, an almost identical boot buttonhook is known with hallmarks for William Acraman, assayed in London 1886

Item reference: 2969
Dimensions: 11 and 1/4 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £55 GB
Status: Sold

an American  Nevada “silver” glove hook with insets of abalone shell. The simple scratch work decoration is typical of this type of buttonhook. Many were made in the state penitentiaries of the “wild west” of America from the turn of the century to the 1930’s. Prisons making these articles & including spurs were Washington State Prison Walla Walla, Arizona Territorial Prison & Utah State prison. The “silver” is low grade nickel and not silver but would have been a metal readily to hand

Item reference: 2935
Dimensions: 4 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £28 GB
Status: Sold

Nr 5 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! The longest by far of the five examples at an impressive 14 and 1/2 inches. The silver handle is hallmarked for London 1889 and bears Queen Victoria’s head on the assay mark.

Item reference: 2818
Dimensions: 14 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £35 GB
Status: Sold

an all-silver glovehook made with twisted silver wire, marked STERLING

Item reference: 2729
Dimensions: 2 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £25 GB
Status: Sold

an all-silver and Connemara agate glove buttonhook by J Cook & Sons, established at Livery Street, Birmingham in 1888. The design is in the form of an Irish harp & is hallmarked for Birmingham 1902

Item reference: 2517
Dimensions: 3 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £35 GB
Status: Sold

Chinese Export Silver prunus blossom all-silver buttonhook fully marked for Wang Hing, both the handle and shank are in 90 grade silver. Unlike the majority of English silver handled buttonhooks which are stamped in a mould, this Chinese Export Silver example is individually hand wrought, each part of the design being created by chasing with small tools and the background also chased with a “stipple” effect. The gauge of silver is heavier than English pieces and is not filled with resin to create extra weight. Wang Hing was a maker/retailer of top level export Chinese silver. The firms was patronised by Tiffany’s, Indian Maharajas, and other notables. It had retail premises between 1875 and 1925  at 10 Queen’s Road, Hong Kong. Another outlet was at 1 Sai Hing Street, Guangzhou. The firm enjoyed an excellent reputation and was a supplier to Tiffany & Co.

Item reference: 2383
Dimensions: 10 & 1/2 inches overall
Condition: original condition - totally unworn
Price: £78 GB
Status: Sold