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A selection of buttonhooks which have been sold from 2007.

a hand carved  duck’s head with glass eyes. Although the material is not a vegetable nut like Corozo, the carving and steel shank have similar characteristics to the parrot item ref #4040. Possibly also from the equatorial rainforests of central America?

Item reference: 4044
Dimensions: 4 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition: some gilt loss of the metal collar, otherwise good antique original
Price: £68 GB
Status: Sold

an all-silver loop glove buttoner by Adie & Lovekin, established in 1879 at 23 Frederick Street, Birmingham. & is hallmarked for Birmingham 1912. The design is typical of Scottish souvenirs with simulated glass citrine thistle

Item reference: 4043
Dimensions: 3 inches overall
Condition: the loop is distorted from use but thistle terminal is good antique original
Price: £28 GB
Status: Sold

gilt metal glove hook in the form of a sword fish with registered number Rd154235 dating it to 1890/1891. An exquisite little glove hook in pristine condition.

Item reference: 4042
Dimensions: 4 inches overall
Condition: perfect antique original
Price: £40 GB
Status: Sold

One of the largest & heavier silver handled BOOT HOOKS  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!  This design, sometimes known as the “Green Man” is by  the renowned silversmith William Comyns, established in 1859 at Beak Street, London & is hallmarked for London 1887

The green man face on the terminal is found in many cultures and primarily a symbol representing the cycle of re-birth in the Spring. Unusually this green man face is without beard leading to speculation it is a female interpretation!! It is hallmarked London 1887 and displays Victoria’s head on the hallmark.

The heavy handle is cast in solid silver, not stamped in two halves as is more usual, and has the equally heavy stylized “London” steel shank which is typical of William Comyns production

Item reference: 4032
Dimensions: 15 inches overall - the longest recorded!
Condition: some minor oxidation of the steel otherwise good antique original
Price: £65 GB
Status: Sold

an usual item, firstly fish figurals are rare and secondly it is by a Sheffield maker who registered the design Rd 590912.  This confirms the design to between Nov -Feb 1911/12  The makers mark is a distinctive script RB, assayed in Sheffield 1913 but I have not been able to identify the makers name. Suffice to say it is a rather handsome trophy and superb quality

Item reference: 4028
Dimensions: 10 inches overall
Condition: good antique original
Price: £120 GB
Status: Sold

a gilt metal and agate buttonhook in the form of an oak leaf & acorn

Item reference: 4029
Dimensions: 4 & 1/4 inches overall
Condition: small loss of gilt to the oak leaf
Price: £24 GB
Status: Sold

a silver handled buttonhook by William Vales & Sons, established in 1883 at 83 Unett Street, Birmingham. The assay mark is for Birmingham 1910 and the Crown finial commemorates the Coronation of King George V in 1910

There is also a Registered number confirming the date but is difficult to read

Item reference: 4025
Dimensions: 6 inches overall
Condition: good antique original
Price: £22 GB
Status: Sold

A heavy duty Victorian silver handled BOOT buttonhook by a London maker whose makers mark I have been unable to decipher. It is assayed for London 1889 & has Victoria’s head with the assay mark

Item reference: 4022
Dimensions: 10 inches overall
Condition: good antique original
Price: £120 GB
Status: Sold

One of the larger & heavier silver handled BOOT HOOKS  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!  This design, sometimes known as the “Green Man” is by  the renowned silversmith William Comyns, established in 1859 at Beak Street, London & is hallmarked for London 1898

The green man bearded face on the terminal is found in many cultures is primarily a symbol representing the cycle of re-birth in the Spring. It is hallmarked London 1889 and displays Victoria’s head on the hallmark.

The heavy handle is cast in solid silver, not stamped in two halves as is more usual, and has the equally heavy stylized “London” steel shank which is typical of William Comyns production

Item reference: 4011
Dimensions: 15 inches overall
Condition: handle good antique original, some pitting to the steel shaft,
Price: £55 GB
Status: Sold

a very unusual sitting teddy bear, silver handled by Crisford & Norris and hallmarked for 1909. The unusual aspect is that it has not previously been recorded in the Buttonhook Society compendium of C&N figural designs. The bear is also a solid silver casting as opposed to the usual lighter weight construction.

Item reference: 4026
Dimensions: 6 inches overall
Condition: good antique original
Price: £80 GB
Status: Sold