Buttonhook Collections


A selection of items from Buttonhook Collections for sale, some of which are listed in small groups  . Visit our Contact page if you wish to enquire about availability or shipping details.

Margaret Jackson-Feilden, late Archivist of The Buttonhook Society, started collecting buttonhooks in the 1960's and built up a wonderful collection with many unusual items. These are the first listings from her collection and more will follow.



item reference 0134
Item description a Victorian 9ct gold handled glove hook by McKewan & Adie, established in 1897 at 45 Frederick Street, Birmingham. It is marked 9.375 Birmingham  1899
Dimensions 2 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition good original
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GBP / USD £55 GB  
Status RESERVED

item reference 0133
Item description a Victorian 9ct gold handled glove hook by McKewan & Adie, established in 1897 at 45 Frederick Street, Birmingham. It is marked 9.375 Birmingham  1899
Dimensions 2 and 7/8 inches overall
Condition good original
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GBP / USD £55 GB (How to buy)
Status FOR SALE

item reference 0130
Item description a solid gold French glove buttoner in high caret gold. As with most French precious metal buttonhooks in either silver of gold, the precise standard ( 9ct, 15ct, 18ct etc) is not determined by the poinçon mark. Judging from the high colour it is a more than likely not less than 14 ct which is a French minimum standard for export items. It bears an indecipherable poinçon where the chatelaine ring is attached
Dimensions 3 inches overall
Condition good original
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GBP / USD £110 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 0126
Item description  a gold handled glove hook of French origin. As with most French precious metal buttonhooks in either silver of gold, the precise standard ( 9ct, 15ct, 18ct etc) is not determined by the poinçon mark. Judging from the high colour it is a more than likely at least 14 ct which is a French minimum standard for export items The glove hook is hand engraved on both sides and bears an indecipherable poinçon where the handle meets the shank
Dimensions 3 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original
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GBP / USD £75 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 0124
Item description a Victorian 9ct gold handled glove hook by Henry Matthews, established in 1893 at Vittoria Street, Birmingham. It is marked 9.375 Birmingham 1897
Dimensions 4 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition good original
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GBP / USD £80 GB (How to buy)
Status FOR SALE

item reference 0123
Item description a Victorian 9ct gold handled glove hook by McKewan & Adie, established in 1897 at 45 Frederick Street, Birmingham. It is marked 9.375 Birmingham  1899
Dimensions 4 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original
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GBP / USD £80 GB (How to buy)
Status FOR SALE

item reference 0117
Item description a banded agate handled buttonhook with plated twisted brass shank
Dimensions 7 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original
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GBP / USD £28 GB  
Status SOLD


item reference 0111
Item description almost certainly a Sheffield made buttonhook judging by the craftsmanship of the steel shaft, note the bolster  and even down the "nipple" on the end of the hook to prevent snagging. Sheffield was also the centre for Mother of Pearl carving for the cutlery industry
Dimensions 6 inches overall
Condition good original with nice aged patina of the steel
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GBP / USD £25 GB (How to buy)
Status RESERVED

item reference 0110
Item description this is a" holy grail" for some collectors, a shoehorn made from early plastic, the head of the clown  articulates to reveal the buttonhook. Very rare!
Dimensions 4 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original
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GBP / USD £60 GB  
Status SOLD



item reference 0103
Item description this ball topped buttonhook is equally magnificent, although not as imposing as item 0102, it has a stunning lapis lazuli ball handle
Dimensions 8 inches overall
Condition good original
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GBP / USD £48 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 0102
Item description look carefully at the picture of this ball topped buttonhook because it is in fact a BOOT HOOK! I have never previously seen one as magnificent as this. Topped with a banded agate ball 1 and 1/2 inches in diameter
Dimensions 14 inches overall length
Condition good original
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GBP / USD £48 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 0099
Item description if you like good solid agate handles, you will like this one! It also has a beautifully detailed shaft
Dimensions 5 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition good original
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GBP / USD £48 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 0074
Item description a classic Art Nouveau silver handled buttonhook, hallmarked for Birmingham 1903. The makers mark is rubbed
Dimensions 11 inches overall
Condition minor dings
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GBP / USD £28 GB (How to buy)
Status FOR SALE

item reference 0071
Item description a good quality pair of buttonhook & shoehorn with silver gilt & guilloche enamel handles. Although with no makers' marks it is almost certainly English with the presentation case showing that it was retailed in Calcutta, Delhi & Simla. Simla (Shimla) was the hill station where the British Raj decamped to escape the worst of the heat & was the seat of government during the Indian summer.
The full inscription is By Appointment Hamilton & Co Ltd, Jewellers to HM the King Emperor Calcutta Delhi & Simla.
The style of decoration (engine turning & guilloche enamel) dates the production from 1910 to the Art deco period of the mid 1920's.
George V & Queen Mary's Coronation at Westminster Abbey was on 22nd June 1911, and later that year the King & Queen travelled to India where they  attended  the Delhi Durbar and were presented to an assembled audience of Indian dignitaries as Emperor & Empress of India. George wore the newly created Imperial Crown of India at the ceremony and declared the shifting of the Indian capital from Calcutta to Delhi.
So there we have it, likely this set was produced to mark such an occasion?
Dimensions buttonhook 8 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition minor oxidisation of the steel shaft
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GBP / USD £60 GB (How to buy)
Status RESERVED

 
item reference 0063
Item description a silver and engine turned enamel handled buttonhook by Henry Matthews, established in 1893 at Vittoria Street, Birmingham. The assay mark is for Birmingham 1929
Dimensions 9 and 1/4 inches overall
Condition good original
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GBP / USD £48 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 0053
Item description a silver handled buttonhook from an American maker and probably commemorating an event. it is inscribed PATpdg M M Co STERLING for Macomber MFG Co of Providence Rhode Island USA
Dimensions 8 inches overall
Condition good original
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GBP / USD £45 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 0049
Item description a figural silver handled lady in Art Nouveau style. Marked STERLING it is from an unknown American maker
Dimensions 7 inches overall
Condition good original
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GBP / USD £50 GB (How to buy)
Status FOR SALE

item reference 0020
Item description a figural silver handled Jester buttonhook by Crisford & Norris, established in 1896 at 118 Vyse Street, Birmingham. This is the smaller of the two sizes of this model. Hallmarked for Birmingham 1908
Dimensions 5 inches overall
Condition it is unusual to find the Jester with bells & tassel on his hat intact. Unfortunately has been over polished with rub through
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GBP / USD £45 GB (How to buy)
Status RESERVED

item reference 0019
Item description a silver handled figural buttonhook with perching owl by Crisford & Norris, established in 1896 at 118 Vyse Street, Birmingham .Amethyst paste eyes on front & back Hallmarked for Birmingham 1909
Dimensions 4 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original
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GBP / USD £50 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 0015
Item description A figural silver handled pug dog by Crisford & Norris, established in 1896 at 118 Vyse Street, Birmingham. It has cabochon turquoise eyes on one side and ruby paste on the reverse It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1912
Dimensions 7 inches overall
Condition minor rub through on the nose
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GBP / USD £60 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 0008
Item description a silver and turquoise cabochon handled buttonhook by Liberty & Company. the famous department store established in 1875 at 156 Regent Street, London This is the smaller of two sizes of this model and is hallmarked for Birmingham 1907
Dimensions 8 inches overall
Condition good original
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GBP / USD £80 GB  
Status SOLD


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