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A selection of buttonhooks which have been sold from 2007.

a very simple but charming cast iron buttonhook in the form of the Eiffel Tower

Item reference: 8577
Dimensions: 4 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £10 GB
Status: Sold

an interesting buttonhook with an historical connection to the Boer War. The inscription is “GENTLEMEN IN KHAKI”. The connection is a poem by Rudyard Kipling subsequently set to music by Arthur Sullivan. The song was written as part of an appeal to raise money for soldiers fighting in the Boar War and their families. The fund was the first such charitable effort for the war. The patriotic poem and song caused a sensation and were constantly performed throughout the war and beyond.  Although the metal looks like silver it is some for of base metal

Item reference: 3271
Dimensions: 6 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £25 GB
Status: Sold

a heavy quality Victorian silver handled BOOT buttonhook with London steel shank in a version of the peacock feathers design. The maker’s mark is rubbed but the assay mark is for 1889 with Victoria’s head on the hallmark

Item reference: 3311
Dimensions: 13 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £40 GB
Status: Sold

a beautiful silver handled Art Nouveau buttonhook by William Neale & Sons, established in 1870 at 29 Warstone Lane Birmingham. It is embossed with the  reproduction of a bird amongst a reed bed. Is it a kingfisher, or maybe more like a bittern! Whichever, it is unusual and shows a Registered design Nr which along with the assay mark is rubbed. The BHS has records of this design assayed in Chester 1903

Item reference: 8576
Dimensions: 10 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £35 GB
Status: Sold

a silver handled Art Nouveau buttonhook by unknown maker, hallmarked for London 1904 plus  the letter “F” denoting an imported item. The makers’ mark is  JF

Item reference: 8550
Dimensions: 9 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £48 GB
Status: Sold

although this Victorian combination knife, buttonhook, corkscrew is probably almost 150 years old, it is still more than adequate to use on a daily basis. It is extremely strong, made from heavy gauge steel and scales of nickel silver, a working man’s tool but I cannot identify the small curved blade. Use the corkscrew for drawing corks and you will get so much pleasure!

Item reference: 8562
Dimensions: 4 inches overall
Condition: evidence of much use but still good original
Price: £35 GB
Status: Sold

a  Victorian silver handled buttonhook shoehorn combination by Samuel Joseph established in 1876 at Fitzroy Square, London. It is hallmarked London 1895

Item reference: 8573
Dimensions: 8 inches overall
Condition: this type of shoehorn is sometimes distorted due to over enthusiastic use but this is in beautiful original condition
Price: £60 GB
Status: Sold

a rare 3 pce silver glovehook, pencil and penknife set in red Morocco leather case. Two of the pieces are marked 800 indicating silver content and the pencil is marked JOHANN FABER, a well known maker of writing implements from the 1930’s

Item reference: 3294
Dimensions: case 3 inches X 1& 5/8 inches
Condition: all good original with exception wear to the leather case
Price: £55 GB
Status: Sold

a silver handled buttonhook with image of an entwined snake – I’m not sure! In any event it is by W J Myatt & Co, established in 1897 at Frederick Street, Birmingham and is hallmarked Birmingham 1915

Item reference: 8595
Dimensions: 7 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £8 GB
Status: Sold

a  Chinese Export all-silver matching pair of buttonhook & shoehorn with faux bamboo shank & planished (hammered) handles with embossed bamboo foliage. The maker’s mark is TUCKCHANG who worked out of Shanghai in the late 19th, early 20th centuries

Item reference: 2853
Dimensions: buttonhook 9 inches overall, weight 162 grams
Condition: good original
Price: £70 pair GB
Status: Sold