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A selection of buttonhooks which have been sold from 2007.

a gold filled buttonhook of American origin

Item reference: 2939
Dimensions: 5 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition: good original with minor loss of gold plate
Price: £25 GB
Status: Sold

a classic Art Deco buttonhook featuring a nude lady in classic 1930’s pose! It is made in chromium plated cast metal & became popular as a new finish, particularly for art deco furnishing accessories when developed in the early 1920’s.

Item reference: 3042
Dimensions: 5 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £26 GB
Status: Sold

one of the rare Corozo nut buttonhooks, carved into a grotesque face. It is generally accepted the nuts were carved in Africa and mounted on a steel shaft in France. All original with glass eyes

Item reference: 2609
Dimensions: 3 and 1/4 inches overall length
Condition: good original
Price: £110 GB
Status: Sold

an all-silver American glove hook by Whiting Manufacturing Co, established in 1866 in New York. It is marked STERLING

Item reference: 2697
Dimensions: 3 and 1/4 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £28 GB
Status: Sold

a fox paw handled trophy buttonhook with inscribed silver collar, D.V BUTT 6/9/25. It was traditional to present trophies to a new member of the fox hunt after the “kill”. An interesting item of social history from days when hunting, shooting and fishing were the gentleman’s country sports. It is hallmarked by maker L.T Richardson of 155 Barr Street, Birmingham in 1925

Item reference: 3056
Dimensions: 9 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £28 GB
Status: Sold

a figural  PIERROT silver handled buttonhook by J&R Griffin, established in 1903 at 28 Hilton Street, Birmingham. Pierrot is a character from French pantomime, with a frilly collaret & conical hat. It is extremely rare as a figural silver buttonhook

Item reference: 2957
Dimensions: 7 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £100 GB
Status: Sold

an enamel & silver handled buttonhook by unknown maker hallmarked for Birmingham 1909

Item reference: 2960
Dimensions: 6 and 7/8 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £45 GB
Status: Sold

a silver handled pistol grip Victorian buttonhook by an unknown Birmingham maker “HR” and date letter (r) for 1897. What makes this buttonhook unusual and a step-up in quality is the silver plated twisted shank. The twist would have have been hot forged in a Sheffield forge, an expensive process.

Item reference: 3331
Dimensions: 9 and 1/4 inches overall
Condition: sundry tiny "nicks" on the silver handle
Price: £15 GB
Status: Sold

an agate & brass halberd axe buttonhook, the original weapon of which  dates to the 14th/15th century. The origins go back to Swiss German, known as a HELLEBARDE and popular in battle for it’s multiple use.

Item reference: 2646
Dimensions: 5 and 1/4 inches overall
Condition: these hooks frequently have one or more of the spikes missing which are somewhat fragile so it is nice to see one complete
Price: £38 GB
Status: Sold

a Sterling silver handled buttonhook in Art Nouveau style with embossed “risqué” lady on the handle. It is marked STERLING plus 1907 from an unknown American silver smith

Item reference: 2938
Dimensions: 8 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £30 GB
Status: Sold