Button hooks for sale

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a silver handled glove button hook by Adie & Lovekin, hallmarked for Birmingham 1911

Item reference: 10118
Dimensions: 3 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £6 GB
Status: For Sale

a Victorian  silver handled figural buttonhook in the form of a panther with emerald green paste stone eye .Although the assay marks are rubbed, it is recorded in the Buttonhook Society Records as being produced from 1897 to 1901 by Adie & Lovekin, established in 1879 at Regent Street, Birmingham.

Item reference: 8570
Dimensions: 7 inches overall
Condition: good original with exception one green paste eye is missing
Price: £25 GB
Status: For Sale

an all-silver Edwardian glove hook by Adie & Lovekin, hallmarked Birmingham 1903

Item reference: 10317
Dimensions: 2 and 3/8 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £12 GB
Status: For Sale

a pair of all-silver Edwardian glove hooks, by makers Adie & Lovekin,+ Crisford & Norris . ALLd date letter is 1902 & C&N rubbed

Item reference: 10316
Dimensions: ALLd 2 and 1/4, C&N 2 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition: average to good
Price: £15 GB
Status: For Sale

a pair of all-silver Victorian / Edwardian glove hooks, by makers Adie & Lovekin,+ Crisford & Norris . ALLd date letter is 1901 & C&N 1899

Item reference: 10313
Dimensions: ALLd 2 and 1/8, C&N 2 and 3/8  inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £21 GB
Status: For Sale

this figural silver handled panther buttonhook has the remnants of a Birmingham hallmark for 1901. The makers mark is rubbed but is known to be by Adie & Lovekin. Nice ruby eyes to finish it off!

Item reference: 8513
Dimensions: 8 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £35 GB
Status: For Sale

an all-silver Edwardian glove hook by FrancisWebb, established in 1887 at 19 Great Hampton Street, Birmingham.  It is clearly hallmarked for Birmingham 1900.

Item reference: 10171
Dimensions: 1 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition: good original
Price: £10 GB
Status: For Sale

a miniature gold glove hook with silver inlay. There are no markings but possibly French origin

 

Item reference: 3459
Dimensions: 2 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition: good antique original
Price: £40 GB
Status: Reserved

a mahogany & brass gentleman’s buttonhook

Item reference: 3460
Dimensions: 6 and 1/4 inches overall
Condition: good antique original
Price: £14 GB
Status: Reserved

It is rare to find any makers marks on the steel shaft of a buttonhook other than STEEL or ENGLISH MAKE STEEL but this example merits a fuller description than usual. Geoffrey Tweedale’s The Sheffield Knife Book describes Thomas Nowill, established in 1700 as a quintessential knife maker. The earliest record of this business is in the books of the Cutlers Company on 27th April 1700 when a corporate mark the letter “D” and a star was granted to Thomas Nowill, “Maker of Knives”.  Thomas Nowill’s great-grandson, Thomas II became Master Cutler in 1788, an honorary title of great prestige in this city of steel making and cutlery manufacture. The range of Nowill’s products was wide, chiefly comprising all types of pen & pocket knives, with all manner of hafting materials – ebony, pearl, buffalo and other horn. These products were usually sold to the firm’s major customers – merchants in Sheffield, Birmingham & London. In 1825 Thomas Nowill retired and left the business to his sons William & John. An 1828 Directory has “William & John Nowill, manufacturers of silver fruit and dessert knives, fancy pen & pocket knives, also nail files, button hooks, stilettos etc. The second of Thomas’s sons, John, set up business in 1836 in Scotland Street, Sheffield, maintaining the Nowill reputation and acquiring a further trade mark in 1842, crossed keys, and won a prize at the Great Exhibition in 1851. An unbroken family history of manufacturing of over 250 years is rare, if not unique in Sheffield cutlers. If you do have a button hook  with crossed keys, star & “D” it is one to treasure. This magnificent Victorian BOOT buttonhook has a sterling silver collar & ivory handle and is hallmarked for Sheffield 1889. The working of the steel bolster where the handle meets the shaft is particularly fine & typical of Nowill’s work.

Item reference: 3471
Dimensions: 17 inches overall
Condition: the ivory handle has suffered a shrinkage crack, not unusual with antique ivory products. However it is quite stable and does not devalue the use of the item. The steel shaft is silver plated and has some loss of plate
Price: £80 GB
Status: Reserved