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A selection of buttonhooks which have been sold from 2007.

an all-silver folding combination buttonhook & shoehorn by Elkington & Co, established in 1887 at Newhall Street, Birmingham.  it is assayed for London 1909

Item reference: 8553
Dimensions: 4 and 1/2 inches closed
Condition: stunning quality!
Price: £48 GB
Status: Sold

a simple silver plated glove hook with twist handle set with floral garland

Item reference: 8506
Dimensions: 3 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £12 GB
Status: Sold

a pair of Edwardian glove hooks, the silver handled by JNWD (unknown),  hallmarked Chester 1905 and the all-silver by Crisford & Norris( rubbed)

Item reference: 10315
Dimensions: JNWD 2 and 3/4 inches, C&N 2 and 3/8 inches overall
Condition: average
Price: £10 GB
Status: Sold

an all-silver miniature glove hook , souvenir of Tasmania

Item reference: 8541
Dimensions: 2 and 1/4 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £12 GB
Status: Sold

a base metal imp glove hook with silver FOB and chain dated 1893

Item reference: 8544
Dimensions: 4 and 1/4 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £10 GB
Status: Sold

a silver and enamel commemorative glove hook depicting the shield from one of the provinces of Canada

Item reference: 8536
Dimensions: 3 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £45 GB
Status: Sold

a silver handled and agate combination  buttonhook & shoehorn by  Crisford & Norris, established in 1896 at 118 Vyse Street, Birmingham.  It is hallmarked Birmingham 1910. The agate insert is a beautiful “tigers eye”

Item reference: 8592
Dimensions: 10 & 1/2 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £48 GB
Status: Sold

an all-silver “bowls trophy ” glove hook

Item reference: 3237
Dimensions: 2 and 1/8 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £18 GB
Status: Sold

a 9ct gold glovehook by McKewan & Adie, established in 1897 at 35 Frederick Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked Birmingham 1899.

Item reference: 3309
Dimensions: 2 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £28 GB
Status: Sold

This William Comyns figural silver boothook of a woman in classical dress with three small children clinging to her is one of Comyns most sought after button hooks. The second-century Roman mother was known as Sophia, her children as Faith, Hope & Charity in the anglicised form. They are sometimes known as Charity & her children. This quartet of frail females stood up to the brutal might of Rome at a time when a mere whisper of dissent could mean death to a Roman citizen. Sophia was a widow under whose loving care her three daughters acquired a poise and Christian virtue, looked upon with respect by the village which they left for the rewarding city life of Rome, the Eternal City. Through their devout Christianity, they came into conflict with the Emperor Hadrian who did not share the view that Christianity was a harmless form of worship. The rest of the story will be included with the button hook for the successful buyer but as they became Saints you might guess the fate of the family! The heavy handle is cast in solid silver, not stamped in two halves as is more usual, and has the equally heavy stylized “London” steel shank which is typical of William Comyns production. It is hallmarked for London 1887 plus Victoria’s head making it one of the earliest Victorian boot hooks.

Item reference: 8572
Dimensions: 9 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £80 GB
Status: Sold