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A selection of buttonhooks which have been sold from 2007.

a figural silver handled buttonhook of a duck emerging from rushes by  Crisford & Norris,  established in 1896 at 118 Vyse Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1907. There are 3 sizes of this buttonhook of which  this is the largest example

Item reference: 3006
Dimensions: 9 inches overall
Condition: very good definition of the silver handle indicating little wear
Price: £75 GB
Status: Sold

a miniature glove hook with pale lemon Citrine stone

Item reference: 3240
Dimensions: 1 and 5/8 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £25 GB
Status: Sold

a silver handled glove hook inset with miscellaneous agate stones

Item reference: 3231
Dimensions: 2 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £28 GB
Status: Sold

A figural silver handled owl buttonhook with gemstone eyes by Crisford & Norris,  established in 1896 at 118 Vyse Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1906

Item reference: 2962
Dimensions: 7 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition: minor wear otherwise good original
Price: £65 GB
Status: Sold

a Victorian silver handled BOOT buttonhook by Levi & Salaman, established in 1873 at 143 Newhall Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1898. These long handled boot hooks were sometimes described as “stout ladies hooks” because they helped to reduce bending down to fasten the buttons!

Item reference: 3333
Dimensions: 12 inches overall
Condition: good antique original
Price: £38 GB
Status: Sold

a  3pce set of buttonhook, glove hook & shoe horn by the Norwegian silversmith David Anderson. The handles are enamel & silver with traces of gilding. The  presentation case is marked Dobson & Sons, 32 Piccadilly, London.” To The Queen”. It bears import silver marks for Birmingham 1899

Item reference: 2984
Dimensions: buttonhook 7 inches overall
Condition: good original with loss of gilding
Price: £110 GB
Status: Sold

a tortoiseshell handled buttonhook with silver collar

Item reference: 3061
Dimensions: 8 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition: remnants of  gilt colour to the steel shaft. I would think that this was part of a dressing set with silver gilt accessories.
Price: £25 GB
Status: Sold

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

Item reference: 2969
Dimensions: 11 and 1/4 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £55 GB
Status: Sold

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