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A selection of buttonhooks which have been sold from 2007.

an all-silver STERLING glovehook of the The World’s Columbian Exposition, celebrating the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s landing in America.  It was actually held in 1893, a year later than had been planned with New York City, Washington, D.C., St.Louis, and Chicago all vieing for the honour of housing the exposition. On April 25, 1890, President Benjamin Harrison signed the act that designated Chicago as the site of the exposition. It took three frantic years of preparation and work to produce the exposition. Although dedication ceremonies were held on October 21, 1892, the fairgrounds were not opened to the public until May 1, 1893.

Item reference: 2596
Dimensions: 3 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £30 GB
Status: Sold

a silver handled figural buttonhook in the form of a Kookaburra by Crisford & Norris, established in 1896 at 118 Vyse Street, Birmingham. Crisford & Norris were renowned for the range of figural characters they produced and the Australian Kookaburra is one of the most rare. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1913

Item reference: 3218
Dimensions: 6 and 3/8 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £88 GB
Status: Sold

an impressive brass handled fireside BOOT buttonhook depicting Leicester Clock Tower & Latin inscription SEMPER EADEM meaning “always the same”. This phrase was used by Queen Anne Boleyn and subsequently her daughter, Queen Elizabeth 1st.

Item reference: 3057
Dimensions: 12 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £28 GB
Status: Sold

this little Victorian glove hook in all-silver is by George E Walton Ltd, established in 1886 at 52/4 Hylton Street, Birmingham. It has the assay mark for Birmingham 1892. G.E.W made many all-silver construction glovehooks, many combined with agate.

Item reference: 2905
Dimensions: 2 and 1/4 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £28 GB
Status: Sold

an English silver handled buttonhook with horse & rider terminal. Although  the silver is not marked, an identical boot buttonhook is known with hallmarks for William Acraman, assayed in London 1886

Item reference: 2929
Dimensions: 7 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £45 GB
Status: Sold

a Victorian cast silver eagles claw holding a silver ball by Charles Boyton, established at Upper Charles Street, London in 1809. Boyton is known for producing some of the earliest silver boot buttonhooks, almost all with figural handles of birds & animals. They are quality items and much sought after. This eagles claw is hallmarked with Victoria’s head for London 1889 and has initials engraved on the silver ball WST, probably from the original owner.

Item reference: 2444
Dimensions: 12 and 3/4 inches overall length. Ball & claw 1 and 1/2 X 1 and 1/4 inches, handle 3 inches long
Condition: silver handle good original with loss of plate on the steel shaft
Price: £195 GB
Status: Sold

an antique brass fireside buttonhook in the form of an eagle

Item reference: 3348
Dimensions: 6 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition: good antique original
Price: £18 GB
Status: Sold

a Victorian figural silver handled buttonhook in the form of a heron by Adie & Lovekin, established in 1879 at Regent Street, Birmingham.

Item reference: 2958
Dimensions: 7 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £45 GB
Status: Sold

an Edwardian silver handled glove hook by Syner & Bedoes established in 1896 at 32 Vyse Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1904

Item reference: 3229
Dimensions: 4 and 1/4 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £18 GB
Status: Sold

another silver handled buttonhook in the form of Mr Punch by Crisford & Norris, established in 1896 at 118 Vyse Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1905

Item reference: 2988
Dimensions: 6 inches overall
Condition: good original, bobbles on his had are intact, they are frequently missing!
Price: £35 GB
Status: Sold