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A selection of buttonhooks which have been sold from 2007.

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

an all-silver glove button hook by George W Shiebler & Co, established in 1876 at NW New York  USA.

The design of a twisted stem with leaves & bug has the design number 1610 and marked STERLING. The item has not previously been recorded in The Buttonhook Society records.

Item reference: 3551
Dimensions: 3 inches overall
Condition: good antique original
Price: £75 GB
Status: Sold

a silver & gilt propelling glove hook with a lizard chasing a frog.

Item reference: 3549
Dimensions: 3 inches open
Condition: propelling mechanism is not working, otherwise good antique original
Price: £40 GB
Status: Sold

a WW1 Trench Art buttonhook with disks of brass, copper, aluminium & plastic

Item reference: 3560
Dimensions: 6 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition: good antique original
Price: £18 GB
Status: Sold

a most unusual & rare WW1 Trench Art cartridge buttonhook although possibly not originating  from the trenches.  Trench art buttonhooks were not only made from scrap materials by the troops but also in workshops behind the lines of battle. The button displays a George V crown and figure of a large bird with wings out stretched,   a symbol of the Liverpool Liver Bird. The Liver bird is a mythical creature and is the symbol of the English city of Liverpool. It is normally represented as a cormorant, and appears as such on the city’s arms in which it bears a branch of laver seaweed in its beak as a further pun on the name. The Crown & laurel leaves badge is from Liverpool police early 1900’s

Item reference: 3557
Dimensions: 5 inches overall
Condition: good antique original
Price: £38 GB
Status: Sold

a gold glove hook attached with gilt chain & miniature owl to a gold t-bar

Item reference: 3550
Dimensions: glove hook is 2 inches overall
Condition: good antique original
Price: £36 GB
Status: Sold