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A selection of buttonhooks which have been sold from 2007.

an Art Nouveau silver & tortoiseshell handled button hook by Richard Comyns, established in 1909 at 54 Marshall Street, Soho, London. Richard Comyns was the son of William Comyns, the renowned Victorian silversmith.It is hallmarked London 1909

Item reference: 3580
Dimensions: 8 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition: good antique original
Price: £38 GB
Status: Sold

a Victorian silver handled buttonhook with “C” scroll embossed decoration. Although there are no identifying assay marks, it is typical of early button hook design

Item reference: 3572
Dimensions: 7 inches overall
Condition: good antique original
Price: £7 GB
Status: Sold

a Victorian silver pistol-grip handled buttonhook by William Hutton & Sons, established in 1880 at 27 High Street, Sheffield. This manufacturer only had items assayed in either Sheffield or London and although the assay mark is rubbed, it appears to have the date letter “V” for 1888.

Item reference: 3578
Dimensions: 8 and 1/4 inches overall
Condition: good antique original
Price: £15 GB
Status: Sold

a brass fireside boot buttonhook inscribed St Nicholas,  a church in Durham, North East England, 

Item reference: 3584
Dimensions: 10 inches overall
Condition: good antique original
Price: £28 GB
Status: Sold

a brass fireside depicting  the bust of Edward V111. the monarch never became king as he abdicated before the investiture in 1937 becoming the Duke of Windsor. He spent most of his subsequent life in France with Wallis Simpson, the American divorcee and was never accepted by the Royal Family

Item reference: 3588
Dimensions: 7 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition: good antique original
Price: £28 GB
Status: Sold

an early 20th Century antique Chinese Export Silver buttonhook with embossed dragon motif by Shanghai maker ZEEWO

Item reference: 3590
Dimensions: 8 & 1/4 inches overall
Condition: some bruising to the plain reverse, otherwise good antique original
Price: £50 GB
Status: Sold

a WW1 Trench Art button hook with disks of brass, copper aluminium, brown & black  plastic

Item reference: 3561
Dimensions: 6 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition: good antique original
Price: £18 GB
Status: Sold

a WW1 Trench Art buttonhook with steel flying wire shaft

Item reference: 3562
Dimensions: 5 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition: good antique original
Price: £18 GB
Status: Sold

a WW1 Trench Art buttonhook converted from a cartridge case with buttons attached from a Canadian regiment

Item reference: 3558
Dimensions: 5 inches overall
Condition: good antique original
Price: £28 GB
Status: Sold

a silver handled figural buttonhook with ruby paste eyes in the form of a roosting owl. It is by Adie & Lovekin, established in 1879 at 23 Frederick Street, Birmingham and hallmarked for Birmingham 1907

Item reference: 3553
Dimensions: 4 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition: good antique original
Price: £38 GB
Status: Sold