Buttonhook Collections


A selection of items from Buttonhook Collections for sale, some of which may be  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  listings from her collection and more will follow.




item reference 10038
Item description on the face of it this looks to be a modest little (4 inches) buttonhook. It has a ball terminal inset with ivory, and fits perfectly in the hand. The ball is lignum vitae confirming the quality of the item.
Dimensions 4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £18 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 10044
Item description This William Comyns figural silver boothook of a woman in classical dress with three small children clinging to her is one of Comyns most sought after button hooks. The second-century Roman mother was known as Sophia and her children as Faith, Hope & Charity in the anglicised form. They are sometimes known as Charity & her children. This quartet of frail females stood up to the brutal might of Rome at a time when a mere whisper of dissent could mean death to a Roman citizen. 
Sophia was a widow under whose loving care her three daughters acquired a poise and Christian virtue, looked upon with respect by the village which they left for the rewarding city life of Rome, the Eternal City.
Through their devout Christianity, they came into conflict with the Emperor Hadrian who did not share the view that Christianity was a harmless form of worship. 
The rest of the story will be included with the button hook for the successful buyer but as they became Saints you might guess the fate of the family!
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.
It is hallmarked for London 1889 plus Victoria's head making it one of the earliest Victorian boot hooks
Dimensions 13 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition bruise to theback of Sophia's head & slight mis-alignment to the steel hook
Photos
GBP / USD £80 GB (How to buy)
Status RESERVED


item reference 10035
Item description a pair of silver & enamelled handled button hook & shoehorn by unknown maker. The style is Arts & Crafts and I would guess French or Scandinavian
Dimensions 8 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original apart from some minor "dings" on the plain silver back
Photos
GBP / USD £35 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 10034
Item description A stunning piece of work by an unknown Sheffield silversmith, a boot hook with carved Mother of Pearl handle and ornate silver collar, fixed to a silver plated steel shaft with ornate bolster
Dimensions 10 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £32 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 10030
Item description an ivory handled buttonhook carved in a twist and detailed like snake skin
Dimensions 8 inches overall
Condition some minor shrinkage cracks
Photos
GBP / USD £18 GB  
Status SOLD


item reference 10029
Item description a magnificent Victorian BOOT HOOK  from one of the best makers, William Comyns established in 1859 at 41/47 Beak Street, Regent Street, London. The heavily cast silver handle is reminiscent of peacock feathers and assayed In London in 1892
Dimensions almost 16 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £35 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 10028
Item description a silver handled glove hook by Henry Matthews, established in 1893 at Charles Street, Hatton Garden, later Vittoria Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked Birmingham 1900
Dimensions 4 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £8 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 10024
Item description  brass etui comprising buttonhook, propelling pencil and pricker. The case is inset with turquoise stones. One of the implements is missing
Dimensions 2 inches closed
Condition average, one turquoise on one side is missing
Photos
GBP / USD £20 GB (How to buy)
Status FOR SALE

item reference 10043
Item description a Victorian combination silver & steel buttonhook & shoehorn by Judah Rosenthal & Samuel Jacob, established in 1876 at 23 Southampton Street, London. The company was a well known purveyor of high quality gentlemen's dressing cases. The hallmark is for London1886, an early date for the fashion of buttonhooks. Intriguingly, the inset 3 pence silver coin is inscribed GEORGE 1V and the reverse shows the head of the Georgian monarch
Dimensions 8 inches overall
Condition shows considerable use but a unique item never-the-less. Good aged patination of the steel shank
Photos
GBP / USD £30 GB  
Status SOLD


item reference 10042
Item description buttonhooks of any description rarely come up with this famous maker's name and this little all-silver glove buttoner is in absolutely original condition. It is of course by Sampson Mordan & Co ,established in 1870 at 41/43 City Road London. They also had retail premises in Regent street London. The company was perhaps most well known for the production of high quality propelling pencils & vesta cases plus many other small silver personal items
The date of the hallmark is London 1901, the first year of Edward V11's reign.
Dimensions 3 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £28 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 10041
Item description a black etui with inset turquoise stones comprising buttonhook & propelling pencil.
Dimensions 2 inches closed
Condition wear to the enamel, but pencil still has lead!
Photos
GBP / USD £18 GB (How to buy)
Status FOR SALE

item reference 10040
Item description a very dainty little all-silver Victorian glove hook by George E Walton & Co, established in 1886 at 52-54 Hylton Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1894
Dimensions 2 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £18 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 10039
Item description an all silver figural glove hook in the form of a bear with red gemstone eyes. The maker is the ubiquitous company, Adie & Lovekin of Regent Street, Birmingham. The hallmark is for Birmingham 1909
Dimensions 2 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £40 GB  
Status RESERVED

item reference 10037
Item description a Mother of Pearl & Silver monted glove hook by George E Walton & Co, established in 1886 at 52-54 Hylton Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1900
Dimensions 3 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £28 GB (How to buy)
Status RESERVED

item reference 10036
Item description an all-silver etui, the slider buttons are turquoise cabochons. Makers marks are rubbed but I can decipher M&Co & remains of a number 92. I would think it is an imported item possibly French. The implements are buttonhook and propelling pencil.
Dimensions 1 and 3/4 inches closed
Condition shows typical signs of use but overall a charming little item
Photos
GBP / USD £18 GB (How to buy)
Status RESERVED

item reference 10033
Item description a WW! trench art buttonhook made from aluminium and early plastic
Dimensions 4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £8 GB (How to buy)
Status RESERVED

item reference 10032
Item description a goldstone handled glove hook with plated shank. It is a type of glittering glass known as AVENTURINE,  invented by the MIOTTI  family in Venice in the mid 1800's. Sometimes also known as Goldstone.
Dimensions 3 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £15 GB (How to buy)
Status RESERVED

item reference 10031
Item description an all-silver miniature glove hook inset with agate by Sutton & Stevens, established in 1888 at Regent Street, London. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1905
Dimensions 1 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £22 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 10027
Item description a tigers eye agate handled glove hook with plated metal shank
Dimensions 3 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £15 GB (How to buy)
Status RESERVED

item reference 10026
Item description an all-silver figural glove buttonhook in the form of a horses hoof by William Oliver, established in 1889 at Tenby Street, Birmingham. The hallmark is for Birmingham 1892
Dimensions 2 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £28 GB (How to buy)
Status RESERVED


item reference 10025
Item description a miniature penknife with a remarkable number of blades. There is no makers mark
Dimensions 1 and 3/8 inches closed
Condition in the photos the blades look rusty but most have a nice aged patina. A fine crack of the MoP on one side
Photos
GBP / USD £22 GB (How to buy)
Status FOR SALE


item reference 10023A
Item description a Mother of Pearl & silver loop glove buttoner by Adie & Lovekin, established in 1879 at Regent Street, Birmingham & is hallmarked  for Birmingham 1898
Dimensions 2 and 5/8 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £15 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 10023
Item description a silver & guilloche enamel engine turned buttonhook. From the assay I can make out the lion passant but the rest of the hallmark is illegible
Dimensions 8 inches overall
Condition traces of the original gilding of the steel shank are discernible but the shank retains the copper plate base. Enamel is good original
Photos
GBP / USD £35 GB  
Status SOLD


item reference 10022
Item description a carved nut buttonhook of unknown origin
Dimensions 3 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £25 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 10021
Item description a steel folding bow multi-tool in un-restored condition
Dimensions 2 and 3/4 inches closed
Condition distressed!
Photos
GBP / USD £40 GB (How to buy)
Status FOR SALE

item reference 10020
Item description a tiger's eye buttoner with gold wire loop
Dimensions 2 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £22 GB (How to buy)
Status RESERVED

item reference 10019
Item description A WW1 brass cartridge Trench Art buttonhook with general service badge
Dimensions 6 inches overall
Condition a minor repair to the shank
Photos
GBP / USD £25 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 10018
Item description an OWBRIDGES retracting glove buttonhook in bright metal, also marked LUNG TONIC
Dimensions 2 and 1/2 inches closed
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £12 GB (How to buy)
Status FOR SALE

item reference 10017
Item description a top quality  tortoiseshell multi blade penknife with 6 implements by Harrison Bros & Howson, established in 1847 at 45 Norfolk Street, Sheffield.
The company had a string of Royal Warrants from William IV, Queen Victoria & Edward VII confirming the quality of it's production. The knife blades are marked with Harrisons name & address and the buttonhook is marked CUTLERS TO HER MAJESTY. There are two corkscrew implements, the very tiny one is possibly to open scent bottle corks
Dimensions 2 inches closed
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £65 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 10016
Item description an all-silver glove buttonhook with sundry unidentified marks.
The design & construction has the characteristics of Chinese Export silver
Dimensions 4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £20 GB (How to buy)
Status RESERVED

item reference 10015
Item description a most unusual miniature glovehook in the form of a seal. The finial is in silver with a red cornelian seal and a gentleman's head engraved into the agate
Dimensions 1 and 7/8 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £28 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 10014
Item description an agate handled glove hook with silver collar, the shamrock is carved in green Connemara marble
Dimensions 2 and 3/8 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £15 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 10013
Item description a dainty little glovehook in moss agate with brass shank & mounts
Dimensions 2 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £18 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 10012
Item description an all-silver glove button hook by Gorham MFG Co of Providence, Rhode Island USA It has a rubbed makers mark and STERLING on the shank
Dimensions 3 and 1/8 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £25 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 10011
Item description a brass wire handled buttonhook
Dimensions 6 and 3/8 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £20 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 10010
Item description an exceptionally long Victorian silver handled BOOTHOOK hallmarked London 1888 with Victoria's head on the mark. There is a trace of a makers mark which is either a "B" or "E" The work on the steel bolster is impressive and typical of an early steel shank hot forged in Sheffield
Dimensions 14 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £30 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 10009
Item description a Mother of Pearl & silver folding glovehook with engraved scales by Adolph Scott, established in 1889  at 49 Vyse Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked Sheffield 1897
Dimensions 2 and 1/8 inches closed
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £25 GB  
Status SOLD


item reference 10008
Item description an all silver figural glove hook in the form of a heron with beak under wing. It is  by  Adie & Lovekin,  established in 1879 at Regent Street, Birmingham & is hallmarked  for Birmingham 1899
Dimensions 2 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £30 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 10007
Item description a blue agate & silver loop buttoner  by Adie & Lovekin, established in 1879 at Regent Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked Birmingham  1892 & PATENT
Dimensions 2 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £25 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 10006
Item description an ivory handled glove hook in the form of a feather
Dimensions 4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £12 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 10004
Item description a silver and agate glove buttonhook by Adie & Lovekin, established in 1879 at Regent Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked Birmingham but the date letter is rubbed
Dimensions 2 and 1/8 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £28 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 10001
Item description a green early celluloid elephant by unknown American maker
Dimensions 5 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £60 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 0216
Item description a silver handled glove buttonhook inlaid with green shamrock agate by William J Holmes, established in 1898 at 173 Hockley Hill, Birmingham. The hallmark is rubbed but there are many examples of silver & agate buttonhooks from this maker from the late 1890's, usually with Celtic connections
Dimensions 4 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition average, sundry bruises to the silver
Photos
GBP / USD £20 GB  
Status SOLD


item reference 0143
Item description a lovely quality penknife with 9ct gold scales by William Edward Webb of Birmingham. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1901 and the steel hook is marked 514 Oxford Street plus another unidentified mark. As is usual with penknives, the steel items were made in Sheffield and made up with the gold additions by a goldsmith
Dimensions 2 and 1/2 inches closed
Condition very good original, the photos appear to show some unevenness of the gold scales but it is camera reflection
Photos
GBP / USD £60 GB (How to buy)
Status FOR SALE

item reference 0137
Item description a solid gold miniature glove hook in both 9ct & 15ct gold with inset seed pearls.
Dimensions 2 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £100 GB
Status SOLD

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
Photos
GBP / USD £55 GB (How to buy)
Status FOR SALE

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
Photos
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
Photos
GBP / USD £80 GB (How to buy)
Status RESERVED

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
Photos
GBP / USD £28 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 0250
Item description This  purple stone buttonhook has a handle of Blue John agate from the unique mine in Derbyshire. It is a rare type of fluorite mined only in Castleton and rarely comes up as the mines are worked out
Dimensions 5 and 5/8 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £90 GB  
Status SOLD


item reference 0241
Item description a brass and steel buttonhook embossed with comical pigs. Country of origin unknown but probably English
Dimensions 5 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £35 GB  
Status SOLD


item reference 0239
Item description a tigers eye agate handled buttonhook with embossed silver collar. The steel shank has impressive tooling of the bolster confirming the overall quality of the buttonhook.
Dimensions 5 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £35 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 0235
Item description an Australian silver miniature glove hook with terminal of a silver THREEPENSE coin dated 1910 with King Edwards head. It is marked STG SIL
Dimensions 2 and 1/4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £40 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 0220
Item description a Mother of Pearl glove buttonhook carved in the form of a gentleman's boot
Dimensions 4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £30 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 0218
Item description a brass buttonhook in the form of a serpent holding an agate ball. This is one of a series of brass & agate ball buttonhooks
Dimensions 5 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £30 GB  
Status SOLD


item reference 0213
Item description a gilt brass glove hook with scarab beetle shells, Scarabs were a symbol of rebirth, regeneration or good luck from ancient Egyptian times, the use of the scarab case iridescent shell was revived for making jewellery in the early 20th Century. Usually made with a single beetle shell but this one is with a double shell case
Dimensions 2 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £60 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 0212
Item description a cut steel glove buttoner decorated with dove & swan symbols
Dimensions 2 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £30 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 0209
Item description a Mother of pearl novelty penknife and glove buttonhook in the shape of a shield with attached FOB silver chain. There are no manufacturers marks on the steel shank or blade but each of the silver chain links are stamped with the Lion Passant STERLING mark
Dimensions 1 and 1/2 by 1 and 1/8 inches excluding chain
Condition good original with strong spring action of the hook/blade
Photos
GBP / USD £35 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 0207
Item description a miniature folding penknife type glove buttonhook in silver inlaid with Scottish agates. There are no identifying marks
Dimensions 1 and 7/8 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £30 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 0195
Item description a folding glove buttonhook in the form of a ladies buttoned shoe
Dimensions 2 inches overall
Condition good original & strong spring action
Photos
GBP / USD £45 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 0193
Item description a Micro Mosaic chatelaine glove buttonhook with floral inset tesserae.
Dimensions 2 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition  tesserae all intact but small abrassions of the hook end
Photos
GBP / USD £50 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 0190
Item description a silver gilt & enamel glovehook marked CS*FS for Crisford & Norris, established in 1869 in Holborn, London. These distinctive enamel glovehooks were imported by Crisford & Norris from a Norwegian silversmith, understood to be David Andersen  from Oslo. The retailers box is inscribed M HAMMERS & SON, TORVET 10 BERGEN 6 GOLD MEDALS
Dimensions 2 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition good original, as new!
Photos
GBP / USD £30 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 0184
Item description a French buttonhook with Corozo nut ( from the Tagua palm) carved in the form of a grotesque parrot. The nuts, a form of vegetable ivory, were a major export from South America in the late 1870's, the majority of the material being used for the production of carved buttons until replaced by plastic from the 1930's.
It is believed the buttonhooks were probably carved by convicts in French Guiana and have military headwear reminiscent of of that worn by 19th century French military officers. If the originators of many of the carvings were indeed convicts, it may explain the grotesque expressions on many of the carved faces found on so many of Corozo nut buttonhooks. Parrots are another popular carving, a species native to the area where the nuts originated
Dimensions 5 and 1/4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £80 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 0183
Item description a French buttonhook with Corozo nut ( from the Tagua palm) carved in the form of a grotesque figure. The nuts, a form of vegetable ivory, were a major export from South America in the late 1870's, the majority of the material being used for the production of carved buttons until replaced by plastic from the 1930's.
It is believed the buttonhooks were probably carved by convicts in French Guiana and have military headwear reminiscent of of that worn by 19th century French military officers. If the originators of many of the carvings were indeed convicts, it may explain the grotesque expressions on many of the carved faces found on so many of Corozo nut buttonhooks. Parrots are another popular carving, a species native to the area where the nuts originated
Dimensions 4 and 3/8 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £80 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 0181
Item description a French buttonhook with Corozo nut ( from the Tagua palm) carved in the form of a grotesque figure. The nuts, a form of vegetable ivory, were a major export from South America in the late 1870's, the majority of the material being used for the production of carved buttons until replaced by plastic from the 1930's.
It is believed the buttonhooks were probably carved by convicts in French Guiana and have military headwear reminiscent of of that worn by 19th century French military officers. If the originators of many of the carvings were indeed convicts, it may explain the grotesque expressions on many of the carved faces found on so many of Corozo nut buttonhooks. Parrots are another popular carving, a species native to the area where the nuts originated
Dimensions 5 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £80 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 0165
Item description an ivory handled BOOT buttonhook with pierced silver collar by Judah Rosenthal & Samuel Jacob, established in !876 at Fitzroy Square, London
The ivory handle has a lovely stylised inscription ROSE. Only the makers mark is discernible, the rest of the hallmark is rubbed
Dimensions 13 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition shows signs of regular use over it's long life, probably much loved by "Rose"!
Photos
GBP / USD £50 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 0159
Item description an intriguing ivory handled buttonhook, the handle (finial) being in two coloured ivory. From the style of the steel shank, I would think it is French
Dimensions 7 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £50 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 0158
Item description a Victorian ivory handled BOOT buttonhook with silver collar by Deakin & Francis, established in 1882 at 15/17 Regent Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1889
Dimensions 15 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition slight blemish to the end of the ivory handle
Photos
GBP / USD £50 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 0147
Item description a hand carved Whitby Jet glove hook
Dimensions 3 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £25 GB  
Status SOLD


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
Photos
GBP / USD £55 GB  
Status SOLD


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
Photos
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
Photos
GBP / USD £75 GB  
Status SOLD



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
Photos
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
Photos
GBP / USD £25 GB  
Status SOLD

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
Photos
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
Photos
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
Photos
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
Photos
GBP / USD £48 GB  
Status SOLD


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
Photos
GBP / USD £60 GB  
Status SOLD

 
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
Photos
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
Photos
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
Photos
GBP / USD £50 GB  
Status SOLD

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
Photos
GBP / USD £45 GB  
Status SOLD

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
Photos
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
Photos
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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