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A selection of buttonhooks which have been sold from 2007.

a vintage glove buttonhook with Whitby Jet handle in a cut decoration

Item reference: 2492
Dimensions: 2 and 7/8 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £14 GB
Status: Sold

a silver handled buttonhook with Reynolds Angels “putti” design by W.J Myatt & Co, established in 1897 at Frederick Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1904

Item reference: 3032
Dimensions: 7 inches overall
Condition: lovely definition of the angels
Price: £7 GB
Status: Sold

a figural silver handled buttonhook in the form of a “teddy bear” by Crisford & Norris, established in 1896 at 118 Vyse Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1907

Item reference: 2959
Dimensions: 6 and 5/8 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £45 GB
Status: Sold

an interesting late 19th century French bronze & iron French leg + garter. The boot is buttoned in the current fashion. I have never previously seen this example in bronze and is smaller than most”French legs”

Item reference: 3008
Dimensions: 5 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition: some oxidisation on the foot
Price: £45 GB
Status: Sold

a Victorian tortoiseshell handled buttonhook with steel “shepherds hook” shank. The style and quality of this item indicates an age possibly from the early mid 1800’s and a man’s rather than ladies implement. It would have formed part of a Gentleman’s travelling set. The steel shank is formed in one piece & hot forged which is another indication of quality

Item reference: 3207
Dimensions: 7 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition: tiny "pit" on one side of handle, lovely aged patina to the steel shank
Price: £25 GB
Status: Sold

An art deco silver handled buttonhook with engine turned design. It is hallmarked for London 1911 but the makers mark is rubbed (possibly G.U for George Unite)

Item reference: 3029
Dimensions: 6 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £7 GB
Status: Sold

a rare example of an agate handled buttonhook with silver collar by George Edward Walton of 59 Hatton Garden London EC and 52 Hylton Street, Birmingham. This maker is renowned for agate & silver combinations but what makes this different is that the agate is New Zealand South Island greenstone, known as Pounamu or nephrite jade. It is important in Maori culture & is marked G.E.W STERLING so probably made for the export market

Item reference: 2553
Dimensions: 8 inches overall
Condition: the small black "flecks" in the photo are inclusions in the stone which is translucent and similar to moss agate. Both the handle and the silver collar are in perfect condition.
Price: £65 GB
Status: Sold

a miniature folding penknife type glovehook, these are sometimes described as Christmas cracker novelties

Item reference: 2996
Dimensions: 1 inch closed
Condition: good original
Price: £10 GB
Status: Sold

an Edwardian  silver handled buttonhook with Citrine stone finial by Adie & Lovekin, established in 1879 at 23 Frederick Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked Birmingham but the date letter is rubbed.

Item reference: 3345
Dimensions: 9 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition: handle is worn with surface marks
Price: £15 GB
Status: Sold

Nr 5 of 5 larger & heavier silver handled BOOT HOOKS. 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! The longest by far of the five examples at an impressive 14 and 1/2 inches. The silver handle is hallmarked for London 1889 and bears Queen Victoria’s head on the assay mark.

Item reference: 2818
Dimensions: 14 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £35 GB
Status: Sold