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A selection of buttonhooks which have been sold from 2007.

lignum vitae is one of the hardest woods and was used on sailing ship construction for pulleys and cogs on the rigging. This is an opportunity to buy an early buttonhook with lignum handle. Did you know that lignum is the only wood to sink in water? Post Script!! The buyer of this lignum handled buttonhook is from Australia and on receipt of the hook decided to test the veracity of the claim that lignum vitae is the only wood not to float in water. The Australian aborigines used a wood for making clubs from the Acacia Peuce, more colloquially known as a Waddi tree. This wood is extremely dense and ideal for clubs or “waddies” used for killing game. And you’ve guessed right, it also sinks in water!

Item reference: 2480
Dimensions: 8 and 1/4 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £15 GB
Status: Sold

an antique brass fireside buttonhook in the form of Madame Pompadour

Item reference: 3346
Dimensions: 7 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition: good antique original
Price: £18 GB
Status: Sold

a WW1 washer handled BOOT buttonhook from the trenches. It is unusually long for a trench art so maybe used by a soldier who had restricted movement?

Item reference: 3329
Dimensions: 10 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition: some wear to the black discs near the top of the handle
Price: £25 GB
Status: Sold

A silver & tortoiseshell handled button hook in the Art Deco style. It is hallmarked in Chester but the date letter is also rubbed

Item reference: 3330
Dimensions: 9 inches overall
Condition: some minor surface bruising
Price: £20 GB
Status: Sold

a WW1 Trench Art washer buttonhook

Item reference: 3328
Dimensions: 5 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition: good Vintage original
Price: £8 GB
Status: Sold

a WW1 Trench Art washer buttonhook in all-brass construction with discs of brass, plastic & aluminium

Item reference: 3326
Dimensions: 6 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition: good antique original
Price: £12 GB
Status: Sold