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A selection of buttonhooks which have been sold from 2007.

a rare Edwardian all-silver glove hook in the form of a Manx Cat with the makers mark W.J.H for William James Holmes of Hockley Hill Birmingham. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1909

Item reference: 2709
Dimensions: 3 inches overall
Condition: the hook is slightly open indicating use, otherwise good original
Price: £95 GB
Status: Sold

a Victorian silver handled BOOT buttonhook with assay mark for Frederick Bradford McCrea, the manager of the Army & Navy stores at 118 Victoria Street, London. The department store supplied generations of military & government personnel who served the British Empire overseas.  The hallmark is for London 1889 and also features Queen Victoria’s head.

Item reference: 3050
Dimensions: 14 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £35 GB
Status: Sold

an all-silver late 19th early 20th century Chinese Export combination buttonhook & shoe horn. It is cast in heavy gauge silver and unlike most Chinese buttonhooks of this period the design is relying on plain simplicity and clean lines perhaps influenced by the Art Nouveau style which was gaining popularity. The only ornamentation is the figure of a seated Oriental figure. Makers marks are in Chinese script

Item reference: 3009
Dimensions: 7 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £48 GB
Status: Sold

an Edwardian all-silver glove hook with jade stone handle by George E Walton & Co, established in 1886 at 59/61 Hatton Garden, London EC

Item reference: 3232
Dimensions: 3 and 1/8 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £28 GB
Status: Sold

Another larger & heavier silver handled BOOT HOOK. These were used by ladies to close buttons on Victoria/Edwardian stiff leather boots, also longer to cope with bending in tight corsets which were the fashion of the day! A silver handle in the Art Nouveau style with what is typically recognised amongst button hook aficionados as a “London shank”. it differs from the usual profile with a heavy bolster and weightier tapering shank. The maker is Horton & Allday, first registered at 195/6 Warstone Lane, Birmingham in 1860 & with a London address at Leicester Square,  The hallmark is for Birmingham 1903

Item reference: 2820
Dimensions: 12 inches overall
Condition: lovely aged patination of the steel shank, + minor silver rub through & bruise
Price: £28 GB
Status: Sold

a Whitby Jet glove buttonhook, hand carved with inscription WHITBY and the cross symbolising the Abbey. Jet is a geological material and is considered to be a minor gemstone. It is not considered a true mineral, but rather a mineraloid as it has an organic origin, being derived from decaying wood under extreme pressure. The English noun “jet” derives from the French word for the same material jaiet

Item reference: 2775
Dimensions: 3 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition: minor scratch on reverse, otherwise good original
Price: £28 GB
Status: Sold

Another larger & heavier silver handled BOOT HOOK. These were used by ladies to close buttons on Victoria/Edwardian stiff leather boots, also longer to cope with bending in tight corsets which were the fashion of the day! A Victorian silver handle with hot forged steel shank, it is hallmarked for Birmingham 1893. What sets this apart from other silver handled boot hooks is the beautifully forged steel shank in “rope twist” pattern which mirrors the twist of the silver handle. The maker’s mark is rubbed

Item reference: 2821
Dimensions: 11 & 1/2 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £28 GB
Status: Sold

a wooden Black Forrest bear glove hook with “gimlet” eyes

Item reference: 2871
Dimensions: 3 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £38 GB
Status: Sold

a heavy quality all-silver combination buttonhook & shoehorn by The Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co, established in 1880 at 112, Regent Street, London. It weighs 106 grms or 3.75 oz. Assay mark is for London 1905

Item reference: 3041
Dimensions: 10 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £38 GB
Status: Sold

this figural duck handled buttonhook with glass eyes is one  of a suite of animals, all made from celluloid in the early 20th century. Others in the suite to look out for are elephant, kingfisher & owl. This duck is in simulated shagreen (sharkskin)

Item reference: 2682
Dimensions: 5 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition: good original with old patination on the steel shaft
Price: £68 GB
Status: Sold