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A selection of buttonhooks which have been sold from 2007.

a silver handled buttonhook with no discernible marks.

Item reference: 3025
Dimensions: 7 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £7 GB
Status: Sold

an unusual silver handled button hook with silver scales fused to a continuous  steel shaft. It is unmarked but probably English

Item reference: 3258
Dimensions: 5 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition: nice natural patination of the steel
Price: £16 GB
Status: Sold

a pair of silver handled buttonhook & shoehorn of French origin. There is evidence of a poincon mark where the handle meets the shaft but as usual it is un-decipherable! The heraldic motif has a quiver of arrows and burning torch in an Art Nouveau style

Item reference: 2875
Dimensions: 9 inches overall
Condition: average to good with some surface bruising on the shoehorn
Price: £35 GB
Status: Sold

a classic early French ladies leg buttonhook in brass & bois durcis.patented in France in 1856 by Francois Charles Lepage, ‘literary man of Paris’. He claimed ‘A New Composition of materials which may be employed as a substitute for wood, leather, bone, metal and other hard or plastic substances’. His composition was made up from blood (from the Paris slaughterhouses) and powdered wood, mixed with colouring to simulate wood. He heated and stirred the mixture until it acquired the ‘correct consistency’ and then moulded it in a heated mould. The mixture was cured under heat and pressure yielding a hard, dense, glossy, moulding .His claim refers to small household items, combs, pipe stems, etc. The SOCIETE DU BOIS DURCI was established to produce desk items, especially decorative inkwell stands and plaques. The factory was at Grenelle in Paris and products were sold through A Latry & Cie. of 7 Rue du Grand-Chantier, (Au Marais) in Paris.

Item reference: 2681
Dimensions: 9 inches overall
Condition: minor distortion to the hook end, otherwise good original
Price: £90 GB
Status: Sold

an Edward V!! silver handled buttonhook by Syner & Bedoes, established in 1896 at 32 Vyse Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked Birmingham 1902

Item reference: 3211
Dimensions: 7 and 1/4 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £28 GB
Status: Sold

a most unusual  individual & tactile buttonhook probably made  by an artisan. The wooden handle is from a hedgerow briar and is overlaid with filigree silver  with initials on the end cap AGH in script style

Item reference: 3067
Dimensions: 7 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £25 GB
Status: Sold

an Art Deco silver & blue enamel buttonhook by Spurrier & Co, established in 1883 at James Street, Birmingham. It was assayed in Birmingham 1927

Item reference: 3052
Dimensions: 8 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition: slight rub to the enamel
Price: £18 GB
Status: Sold

a WW1 vintage Trench Art washer buttonhook, unusually heavy quality with bright cut tapered finial

Item reference: 3339
Dimensions: 8 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition: good vintage original
Price: £25 GB
Status: Sold

a WW1 Trench Art washer buttonhook in all-brass construction with discs of brass, plastic & aluminium

Item reference: 3326
Dimensions: 6 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition: good antique original
Price: £12 GB
Status: Sold

A silver & tortoiseshell handled button hook in the Art Deco style. It is hallmarked in Chester but the date letter is also rubbed

Item reference: 3330
Dimensions: 9 inches overall
Condition: some minor surface bruising
Price: £20 GB
Status: Sold