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1893
Item reference 3090
Item description a combination buttonhook & shoehorn by Samuel Jacob, established in 1893 at Regent Street, London. He was well regarded for the production of gentlemen's dressing cases from which this item undoubtedly originated
Dimensions 10 & 3/4 inches overall
Condition silver good original, shank is oxidised
Photos
GBP / USD £42 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 3089
Item description a floral silver handled embossed buttonhook of unknown origin.
It is marked 800 and a poinçon mark so probably European
Dimensions 7 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £25 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3088
Item description a STERLING  silver handled buttonhook, probably of American origin but no marks other than STERLING.
Dimensions 9 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £15 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3087
Item description a figural silver handled buttonhook of lady with tresses by Levi & Salaman, established in 1873 at 143 Newhall Street, Birmingham. and  hallmarked for Birmingham 1903
Dimensions 9 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £28 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3086
Item description an Art Nouveau silver handled buttonhook by Henry Matthews, established in 1893 at Vittoria Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1902
Dimensions 10 & 3/4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £15 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3085
Item description a silver handled Edwardian buttonhook with embossed flower by William Comyns, established in 1849 at 41/47 Beak Street, London. It is hallmarked for London 1905
Dimensions 8 inches overall
Condition some bruising to the plain area of the handle
Photos
GBP / USD £12 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3084
Item description an intriguing button hook with simulated tigers eye and MoP handle of unknown origin
Dimensions 7 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition slight misalignment of the steel shaft
Photos
GBP / USD £18 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3083
Item description one of the nicest Victorian BOOT buttonhooks I have seen for some time. It is particularly heavy quality  by Levi & Salaman, established in 1873 at 143 Newhall Street, Birmingham. and  hallmarked for Birmingham 1894
Dimensions 13 & 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £35 GB
Status SOLD

Item reference 3082
Item description enamel & silver buttonhook by American maker Victor A Picard & Co Inc with Art Nouveau trailing leaf & flower over green engine turned background.
Dimensions 7 and 3/8 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £38 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3081
Item description an all silver Victorian glove buttoner by  Adie & Lovekin,  established in 1879 at Regent Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked PATENT for Birmingham 1888
Dimensions 2 and 1/4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £20 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3080
Item description a glove buttonhook with simulated lapis lazuli handle
Dimensions 3 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £3 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3079
Item description a folding silver combination buttonhook/shoehorn by Cohen & Charles, established in 1890 at Thavies Inn, Holborn, London EC1 This company was an importer and the item bears the import & PATENT mark for LONDON 1929
Dimensions 3 inches closed
Condition some minor bruising to the shoehorn component
Photos
GBP / USD £22 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3078
Item description a WW1 trench art glove buttonhook with discs of copper, aluminium, black & brown Tufno also white bone & diamond shaped inserts
Dimensions 3 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition shrinkage crack to the bone
Photos
GBP / USD £8 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 3077
Item description a WW1 trench art octagonal buttonhook with discs of copper, aluminium, brass, black & brown Tufnol
Dimensions 5 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £6 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3076
Item description a WW1 trench art octagonal buttonhook with discs of copper, aluminium, brass, black & brown Tufnol
Dimensions 6 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £8 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3075
Item description a WW1 trench art hexagonal buttonhook with discs of copper, aluminium, brass & black Tufnol
Dimensions 5 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £6 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3074
Item description a lovely quality stag horn handled buttonhook with silver mount. It is marked STERLING .925
Dimensions 7 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £28 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3073
Item description a silver handled buttonhook by unknown London maker with embossed figure of musician playing a lute. It is hallmarked for London 1913
Dimensions 6 and 1/4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £10 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3072
Item description a STERLING handled Art Nouveau buttonhook by unknown American maker, with inscribed initials AGH
Dimensions 8 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £12 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3071
Item description classic Art Nouveau silver handled buttonhook by Adie & Lovekin,  established in 1879 at Regent Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1907
Dimensions 7 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £15 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3070
Item description An American STERLING handled buttonhook in a Rococo style by La Pierre Mfg Co of Newark New Jersey.
Dimensions 8 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £18 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 3069
Item description a glovehook & propelling pencil ETUI inset with faux turquoise stones
Dimensions 2 inches closed
Condition good original, the propelling mechanism of the pencil still working
Photos
GBP / USD £22 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3068
Item description a double folding silver plate penknife type glove buttonhook by the Gorham MFG Co of Providence, Rhode Island USA
Dimensions 2 and 1.2 inches closed
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £25 GB (How to buy)
Status FOR SALE

Item reference 3067
Item description 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
Dimensions 7 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £25 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3066
Item description another variation of the popular cherub silver handled buttonhook inspired by the eighteenth century portrait painter Sir Joshua Reynolds.

Reynolds was commissioned to paint the portrait of a 5 year old girl, Lady Frances Gordon, the daughter from an aristocratic family in 1786. The painting, in cherubic style, became known as Reynolds Angels & was composed of a series of studies of Frances Gordon's head from five different angles,

 The maker is the well known silversmith, William Comyns whose business was established at 41/44 Beak Street, London in 1859. It is hallmarked for London 1904
Dimensions 8 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition minor surface bruising on one edge
Photos
GBP / USD £12 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3065
Item description an attractive silver handled buttonhook by unknown French maker
Dimensions 6 and 1/4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £18 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3064
Item description a STERLING handled figural buttonhook with Art Nouveau stylised lady. No makers marks but similar to many similar figural ladies by Unger Bros of Newark, New Jersey USA
Dimensions 6 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £30 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3063
Item description a STERLING handled button hook in floral design, no makers marks but probably American
Dimensions 8 inches overall
Condition average to good
Photos
GBP / USD £8 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 3044
Item description an engine turned gilt metal chatelaine propelling glove hook  marked PAT MCH 15 86.
Dimensions 2 inches closed
Condition smooth propelling action and good original
Photos
GBP / USD £18 GB (How to buy)
Status FOR SALE

Item reference 3043
Item description a gilt metal chatelaine etui comprising knife blade, tooth pick, buttonhook & propelling pencil
Dimensions 2 inches closed
Condition one slider button cap missing, propelling action of the pencil working well
Photos
GBP / USD £28 GB (How to buy)
Status FOR SALE

Item reference 3029
Item description An art deco silver handled buttonhook with engine turned design. It is hallmarked for London 1911 but the makers mark is rubbed (possibly G.U for George Unite)
Dimensions 6 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £7 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3024
Item description

this classic Art Nouveau designed button hook is from the  Danish silversmith Carl M Cohr who was a contemporary of Georg Jensen in the early 1900's . ATLA was a trade name for silver plate produced by Cohr

Dimensions 8 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £35 GB (How to buy)
Status FOR SALE

Item reference 3015
Item description a moss agate handled glove buttonhook
Dimensions 2 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £12 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2994
Item description a miniature folding glove buttonhook in enamel & steel. This is the larger of the two sizes most commonly seen
Dimensions 1 and 1/2 inches closed
Condition some discolouration of the blue scale
Photos
GBP / USD £10 GB (How to buy)
Status FOR SALE

Item reference 2993
Item description a folding glove hook with faux tortoiseshell scales
Dimensions 1 and 1/2 inches closed
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £9 GB (How to buy)
Status FOR SALE

Item reference 2954
Item description a George V figural silver handled golf club by Adie & Lovekin, established in 1879 at Regent Street, Birmingham. It is the largest of three versions of this buttonhook by A&L and is hallmarked for Birmingham 1910
Dimensions just over 7 inches overall
Condition unfortunately heavily bruised, reminiscent of an old hickory shafted club from the early 1900's!
Photos
GBP / USD £20 GB (How to buy)
Status FOR SALE

Item reference 2985
Item description  a Victorian silver handled pistol grip buttonhook by Hilliard & Thomason, established in 1847 at Spencer Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1888
Dimensions 9 inches overall
Condition good original with exception of some bruising one side of the roundel
Photos
GBP / USD £25 GB (How to buy)
Status FOR SALE

Item reference 2940
Item description a gold filled buttonhook of American origin
Dimensions 6 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original with minor loss of gold plate
Photos
GBP / USD £22 GB (How to buy)
Status FOR SALE

Item reference 2925
Item description a pair of Edward VII silver handled buttonhook & shoehorn in art nouveau style by Levi & Salaman, established in 1873 at 143 Newhall Street, Birmingham. They are hallmarked for Birmingham 1908
Dimensions 6 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original with nice aged patination of the steel
Photos
GBP / USD £21 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2913
Item description a matching pair of silver handled buttonhook & shoehorn by  Adie & Lovekin, established at Regent St Birmingham in 1879. The makers mark & assay marks are "rubbed" but this design is recorded in the BHS Compendium ref Nr 40/0093 in 1904
Dimensions buttonhook 6 & 7/8 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £15 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2614
Item description a pair of silver-gilt glove stretchers by Gorham Mfg Co of Providence, Rhode Island USA. The whole of the stretchers including the blades are solid silver and the handles have been gilded. Marks on the inside of the handle are for Gorham, STERLING patent 1885
Dimensions smaller than usual at 6 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition some minor loss of the gilding, otherwise good original
Photos
GBP / USD £38 GB (How to buy)
Status FOR SALE

Item reference 2788
Item description a pair of ivory handled glove hooks with steel shanks
Dimensions longest is 4 inches overall
Condition oxidisation to the steel shanks
Photos
GBP / USD £4 GB (How to buy)
Status FOR SALE


Item reference 2703
Item description a miniature glove hook with agate handle
Dimensions 2 and 5/8 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £12 GB (How to buy)
Status FOR SALE


Item reference 2684
Item description a small steel folding bow glove hook
Dimensions 1 and 1/4 inches closed
Condition aged patination and good strong hinge
Photos
GBP / USD £8 GB (How to buy)
Status FOR SALE



Item reference 3061
Item description a tortoiseshell handled buttonhook with silver collar
Dimensions 8 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition remnants of  gilt colour to the steel shaft. I would think that this was part of a dressing set with silver gilt accessories.
Photos
GBP / USD £25 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3060
Item description an all-silver STERLING buttonhook by American maker Dominick & Haff who like his contemporary George W Scheibler specialised in all-silver construction button hooks.. It has the hand crafted look and is inscribed with initials and Christmas 1885. Intriguing in that this date is 3 years before most of the earliest English silver buttonhooks. Possibly the opportunity to buy your earliest Christmas present this year?
Dimensions 8 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £50 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3059
Item description an all-silver Chinese Export buttonhook with embossed dragon motif & simulated bamboo shaft The maker is Luen Wo who was considered the best of the silversmiths who worked out of Shanghai in the late 1890's
Dimensions 5 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £30 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3058
Item description a Victorian silver handled BOOT buttonhook by unknown maker whose mark is MR. It was assayed in Birmingham in 1890
Dimensions 11 inches overall
Condition minor bruising to one side of the handle
Photos
GBP / USD £18 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3057
Item description an impressive brass handled fireside BOOT buttonhook depicting Leicester Clock Tower & Latin inscription SEMPER EADEM meaning "always the same". This phrase was used by Queen Anne Boleyn and subsequently her daughter, Queen Elizabeth 1st.
Dimensions 12 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £28 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3056
Item description a fox paw handled trophy buttonhook with inscribed silver collar, D.V BUTT 6/9/25. It was traditional to present trophies to a new member of the fox hunt after the "kill". An interesting item of social history from days when hunting, shooting and fishing were the gentleman's country sports. It is hallmarked by maker L.T Richardson of 155 Barr Street, Birmingham in 1925
Dimensions 9 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £28 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3055
Item description a silver handled buttonhook in the Art Nouveau style by C.J.Fox, established in 1887 at Gt Pultenay Street, London . It is hallmarked London 1908.
Dimensions 8 and 5/8 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £12 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3054
Item description an Edwardian silver handled combination buttonhook & Shoehorn by Adie & Lovekin, established in 1879 at Regent Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1909
Dimensions 12 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £22 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3053
Item description a classical stylised silver handled buttonhook by Clark & Sewell, established in 1899 at Carver Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked Birmingham 1908. The design also has a registration Nr RG468869
Dimensions 10 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £18 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3052
Item description an Art Deco silver & blue enamel buttonhook by Spurrier & Co, established in 1883 at James Street, Birmingham. It was assayed in Birmingham 1927
Dimensions 8 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition slight rub to the enamel
Photos
GBP / USD £18 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3051
Item description a rare & most intriguing dressing item in the form of a hand mirror with a buttonhook on the end of the handle. From the style of the embossed decoration it would appear to be Dutch Sterling Silver but there are no marks.
Dimensions 10 inches overall
Condition some distress to the glass mirror with obvious signs of decades of use
Photos
GBP / USD £50 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3050
Item description a Victorian silver handled BOOT buttonhook with assay mark for Frederick Bradford McCrea, the manager of the Army & Navy stores at 118 Victoria Street, London. The department store supplied generations of military & government personnel who served the British Empire overseas.  The hallmark is for London 1889 and also features Queen Victoria's head.
Dimensions 14 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £35 GB
Status SOLD


Item reference 3049
Item description a rare example of an agate handled BOOT buttonhook with silver collar. The handle is  New Zealand South Island greenstone, known as Pounamu or nephrite jade. It is important in Maori culture & is simply marked STERLING so probably made for the export market, possibly by George Edward Walton who made a number of similar NZ jade items
Dimensions 12 inches overall
Condition slight misalignment of steel shaft
Photos
GBP / USD £40 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3048
Item description A Chinese Export all- silver buttonhook with bamboo foliage effect handle and shank. There is no discernible makers mark
Dimensions 6 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £40 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3047
Item description Chinese Export all-silver buttonhook by Zee Sung of Shanghai & dating from the early 1900's. It has an engraved floral cartouche with initial "M".
The hook is the typical Chinese "shepherds crook" profile
Dimensions 8 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £40 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3046
Item description an art deco pair of buttonhook & shoehorn in enamel on gilt metal
Dimensions 7 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £30 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3045
Item description an Edward V11 silver and agate chatelaine glove hook by Adie & Lovekin, established in 1879 at Regent Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1901. The inset graduated stones are Montrose agate.
Dimensions 2 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £28 GB  
Status SOLD



Item reference 3042
Item description a classic Art Deco buttonhook featuring a nude lady in classic 1930's pose! It is made in chromium plated cast metal & became popular as a new finish, particularly for art deco furnishing accessories when developed in the early 1920's.
Dimensions 5 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £26 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3041
Item description a heavy quality all-silver combination buttonhook & shoehorn by The Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co, established in 1880 at 112, Regent Street, London. It weighs 106 grms or 3.75 oz. Assay mark is for London 1905
Dimensions 10 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £38 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3039
Item description a pair of silver handled buttonhook & shoehorn in classic Art Nouveau style with makers mark WN  for William Neale & Sons, established in 1870 at 29 Warstone Lane, Birmingham. They are assayed for Birmingham 1909
Dimensions 9 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £26 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3038
Item description

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 Victorian buttonhook is in fact a BOOT hook & one of the longest I have come across at 18 and 1/2 inches. It has a sterling silver collar & ebony 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.
Dimensions 18 & 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £35 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3040
Item description a silver handled buttonhook by Crisford & Norris, established in 1896 at 118 Vyse Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1912
Dimensions 7 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £6 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3037
Item description a Victorian silver handled figural buttonhook by George Heath, established in 1879 at Regent Street Birmingham. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1900
Dimensions 7 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £10 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3034
Item description a silver handled buttonhook by J.C Penny & Co Inc USA
Dimensions 6 and 1.2 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £6 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 3036
Item description a Victorian silver handled buttonhook by Adie & Lovekin,  established in 1879 at Regent Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1892
Dimensions 7 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition good iriginal
Photos
GBP / USD £9 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3035
Item description a silver handled, pistol grip buttonhook by Adie & Lovekin,  established in 1879 at Regent Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1903
Dimensions 7 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £8 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 3033
Item description an engraved silver handled buttonhook by Gorham Manufacturing Co, of Providence, Rhode Island USA. It is marked STERLING B266
Dimensions 6 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £7 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3032
Item description a silver handled buttonhook with Reynolds Angels "putti" design by W.J Myatt & Co, established in 1897 at Frederick Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1904
Dimensions 7 inches overall
Condition lovely definition of the angels
Photos
GBP / USD £7 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3031
Item description a silver handled buttonhook hallmarked for Birmingham 1916. The makers mark is rubbed
Dimensions 8 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £7 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3030
Item description a silver handled buttonhook by William Devenport, established in 1895 at 36 Spencer Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1907
Dimensions 7 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £7 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 3028
Item description a Victorian silver handled buttonhook by William Devenport, established in 1895 at 36 Spencer Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1901
Dimensions 8 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £7 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3027
Item description a silver handled buttonhook with embossed design of a peacock displaying its feathers by Francis Webb, established in 1887 at 19 Great Hampton Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1908
Dimensions 6 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £8 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 3026
Item description a Victorian silver handled buttonhook by Deakin & Francis, established in 1882 at 15/17 Regent Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1894.
Dimensions 10 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £7 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3025
Item description a silver handled buttonhook with no discernible marks.
Dimensions 7 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £7 GB  
Status SOLD



Item reference 3023
Item description a soapstone agate handled buttonhook with inset paste jewel. Age of this is unknown.
Dimensions 8 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £12 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3022
Item description A pair of agate handled button hook & shoehorn
Dimensions 7 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £18 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3021
Item description a French rosewood STANHOPE multi tool glove buttonhook in the form of a violin with buttonhook, knife blade and nail file .There is a Stanhope lens with multiple views of Paris, including Bastille ,Notre dame, Pantheon, Les Invalides, l'Arc de Triomphe, L'Opera, Le Sacre Couer, Place Vendome and the Eiffel Tower. The mechanical action of the tools is good . The shield on one side is marked DEPOSE confirming it's French origin
Dimensions 2 and 1/2 inches closed
Condition  some oxidisation to the steel but the mechanical action of the tools is good
Photos
GBP / USD £58 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3020
Item description a miniature glove hook with Whitby Jet handle
Dimensions 2 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £10 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3019
Item description a pair of silver glove hooks with Mother of Pearl handles by J Cook & Sons of Livery Street, Birmingham. They are hallmarked for Birmingham 1902
Dimensions 4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £15 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3018
Item description a STERLING silver glove buttonhook from unknown maker
Dimensions 3 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £12 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3017
Item description an unusual figural glove buttonhook in the form of a Scottish dirk with amethyst glass stone terminal. The maker is J Cook & Sons , established at Livery Street, Birmingham in 1888 and is hallmarked for Birmingham 1904.
J.C&S made a number of novelty glove hooks with Scottish or Irish connections
Dimensions 3 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £58 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3016
Item description an agate handled button hook with Blue John oval handle.

N.B Blue John (also known as Derbyshire Spar) is a semi-precious mineral, a form of fluorite with bands of a purple-blue or yellowish colour. In the UK it is found only at Blue John Cavern and Treak Cliff Cavern at Castleton in Derbyshire. During the 19th century, it was mined for its ornamental value, and mining continues on a small scale.

 

Dimensions 4 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £25 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 3014
Item description a French hand carved Corozo nut in the form of a parrot with glass eyes. The nut, alternatively known as tagua nut is a form of vegetable ivory. Highly prized, these south American carvings are also sometimes attached to French steel corkscrews.
Dimensions 4 inches overall
Condition good original with one eye having been replaced
Photos
GBP / USD £66 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 3013
Item description a silver handled button hook by Henry Matthews established in 1893 at Vittoria Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked for Birmingham but date letter is rubbed
Dimensions just over 9 inches overall
Condition bruise on tip of silver handle & minor rub through on putti.
Photos
GBP / USD £9 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3012
Item description a silver handled button hook with engraved decoration by Gorham MFG  Co of Providence, Rhode Island USA 
Dimensions 9 inches overall
Condition bruise on one side otherwise good original
Photos
GBP / USD £12 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3011
Item description a silver handled buttonhook with engraved decoration by Henry Birks & Sons of Montreal, Canada
Dimensions 7 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £12 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3010
Item description  a pair of silver handled buttonhooks with engraved decoration by Gorham MFG  Co of Providence, Rhode Island USA 
Dimensions larger of the two 6 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £12 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 2996
Item description  a miniature folding penknife type glovehook, these are sometimes described as Christmas cracker novelties
Dimensions 1 inch closed
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £10 GB  
Status SOLD




Item reference 2833
Item description a pair of Edwardian silver handled glove hooks, the ornate one has a rubbed mark R? and the plain beaded edge simply marked STERLING
Dimensions 3 and 1/4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £12 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2766
Item description an engraved silver handled Edwardian buttonhook by Adie & Lovekin, established at Regent St Birmingham in 1879. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1910.
Dimensions 10 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £28 GB  
Status SOLD



Item reference 3009
Item description an all-silver late 19th early 20th century Chinese Export combination buttonhook & shoe horn. It is cast in heavy gauge silver and unlike most Chinese buttonhooks of this period the design is relying on plain simplicity and clean lines perhaps influenced by the Art Nouveau style which was gaining popularity. The only ornamentation is the figure of a seated Oriental figure. Makers marks are in Chinese script
Dimensions 7 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £48 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3008
Item description an interesting late 19th century French bronze & iron French leg + garter. The boot is buttoned in the current fashion. I have never previously seen this example in bronze and is smaller than most"French legs"
Dimensions 5 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition some oxidisation on the foot
Photos
GBP / USD £45 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3007
Item description
a Victorian cast silver eagles claw with steel shaft & holding a silver ball by Charles Boyton, established at Upper Charles Street, London in 1809. Boyton is known for producing some of the earliest silver boot buttonhooks, almost all with figural handles of birds & animals. They are quality items and much sought after. This eagles claw is hallmarked with Victoria's head for London 1889
Dimensions 12 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original with very little wear of the silver handle
Photos
GBP / USD £140 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3006
Item description
a figural silver handled buttonhook of a duck emerging from rushes by  Crisford & Norris,  established in 1896 at 118 Vyse Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1907. There are 3 sizes of this buttonhook of which  this is the largest example
Dimensions 9 inches overall
Condition very good definition of the silver handle indicating little wear
Photos
GBP / USD £75 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3005
Item description an unusual glove hook with plated mounts and tigers eye agate handle. Having never seen this version before I can only think it was bought in one of the fashionable ski resorts at the end of the 19th century!  The item is modelled as an ice pick
Dimensions 2 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £35 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3004
Item description although the handle of this glove hook with plated mounts looks to be a natural type of agate, 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 and 1/4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £15 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3003
Item description an Edward V11 all-silver foldover glove hook in the form of a horseshoe by Adie & Lovekin, established in 1879 at Regent Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1901
Dimensions 1 inches closed
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £25 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3002
Item description a gilt metal propelling glove hook by PERRY & Co London
Dimensions 2 inches closed
Condition good retracting mechanism
Photos
GBP / USD £10 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3001
Item description an all-silver chatelaine glove hook by Adie & Lovekin with graduated star embossing. Assay mark is rubbed but BHS records show this design made from 1889-1908.
Dimensions 2 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £10 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 3000
Item description an all-silver glove hook inset with Irish Connemara marble agate in the form of a shamrock. Made by Henry Griffith & Sons of Leamington Spa, Warwickshire. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1910
Dimensions 2 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £22 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2999
Item description a silver glove hook with amethyst paste facetted handle by Charles Henry Jones & Co of Meredith St, Clerkenwell, London. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1914
Dimensions 2 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition some minor scratches on the handle
Photos
GBP / USD £10 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2998
Item description an all-silver glove hook with "Scottish" thistle glass citrine stone by Adie & Lovekin,  established in 1879 at Regent Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1907
Dimensions 2 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £12 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2997
Item description a brass retracting STANHOPE glove hook with 6 views of Newcastle on Tyne. Railway Station, The High Level, Grainger Street, Grey Street and St Nicholas Church
Dimensions 2 and 1/2 inches closed
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £60 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 2995
Item description  a miniature folding penknife type glovehook, these are sometimes described as Christmas cracker novelties
Dimensions 1 inch closed
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £10 GB  
Status SOLD




Item reference 2992
Item description a brass miniature chatelaine glove hook with banded agate ball
Dimensions 1 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £11 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2991
Item description a brass miniature glove hook with banded agate ball
Dimensions 1 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £11 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2990
Item description a figural silver handled buttonhook of a duck emerging from rushes by  Crisford & Norris,  established in 1896 at 118 Vyse Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1906. There are 3 sizes of this buttonhook of which  this is the largest size example
Dimensions 9 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £65 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2989
Item description a silver handled buttonhook in the form of Mr Punch by Crisford & Norris, established in 1896 at 118 Vyse Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1906
Dimensions 5 inches overall
Condition good original, bobbles on his had are intact, they are frequently missing!
Photos
GBP / USD £28 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2988
Item description another silver handled buttonhook in the form of Mr Punch by Crisford & Norris, established in 1896 at 118 Vyse Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1905
Dimensions 6 inches overall
Condition good original, bobbles on his had are intact, they are frequently missing!
Photos
GBP / USD £35 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2987
Item description a figural silver handled buttonhook in the form of a panther by  Adie & Lovekin,  established in 1879 at Regent Street, Birmingham. The hallmark is rubbed but records from the Buttonhook Society confirm this design made from 1897-1901
Dimensions 6 and 5/8 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £45 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2986
Item description a white metal & guilloche enamel handled button hook. No distinguishing marks
Dimensions 7 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £20 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 2984
Item description a  3pce set of buttonhook, glove hook & shoe horn by the Norwegian silversmith David Anderson. The handles are enamel & silver with traces of gilding. The  presentation case is marked Dobson & Sons, 32 Piccadilly, London." To The Queen". It bears import silver marks for Birmingham 1899
Dimensions buttonhook 7 inches overall
Condition good original with loss of gilding
Photos
GBP / USD £110 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2983
Item description A Victorian boot buttonhook with handle of ivory & silver and Registered design number Rd 237163 dating it to June 1894. Boot buttonhooks were used by ladies to close buttons on Victorian stiff leather boots, also longer to cope with bending in tight corsets which were the fashion of the day!
Dimensions 12 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original with some typical shrinkage cracks on the ivory handle
Photos
GBP / USD £48 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 2981
Item description an Edwardian silver handled buttonhook with the embossed profile of a bird amongst leaves & flowers. It is by Adie & Lovekin, established in 1879 at Regent Street, Birmingham. The hallmark is rubbed but BHS records have examples assayed in Birmingham dating from 1907-1912 
Dimensions 6 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £12 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2980
Item description a Victorian steel figural novelty buttonhook in the form of a stork. It was made in Germany and imported into England with a British registration design number 158242 dating it to 1890/91
Dimensions 5 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £28 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2979
Item description a Vintage brass fireside buttonhook with the profile of William Shakespeare
Dimensions 6 and 1/2 inches
Condition good original with genuine original steel shaft. There have been a number of conversions listed on internet web sites which have been converted from toasting forks or similar fireside implements. The steel shank (shaft) of a genuine original buttonhook has a distinctive taper. Recent conversions usually have a bright steel shaft which does not have the taper about 1/3rd to half way down the shaft
Photos
GBP / USD £10 GB  
Status SOLD



Item reference 2927
Item description a solid STERLING handled American buttonhook in Art Nouveau style with  embossed decoration.
Dimensions 6 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £16 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2875
Item description 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
Dimensions 9 inches overall
Condition average to good with some surface bruising on the shoehorn
Photos
GBP / USD £35 GB  
Status SOLD



Item reference 2909
Item description two miniature folding glove hooks, one in silver with buttonhook and nail file and the other with tortoiseshell scales
Dimensions larger of the two 1 and 5/8 inches closed
Condition tortoiseshell loose on one side, STERLING good original
Photos
GBP / USD £10 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 2791
Item description a pair of steel folding combination buttonhooks, the oval one is the classical "folding bow" and the combination shoehorn buttonhook is simply inscribed PAT APD FOR
Dimensions folding bow is 5 & 1/2 inches open
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £15 GB  
Status SOLD




Item reference 2686
Item description a miniature steel & bone loop glove buttoner
Dimensions 2 and 1/4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £5 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 2700
Item description all-silver American glove hook marked STERLING 5804
Dimensions 2 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £20 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2697
Item description an all-silver American glove hook by Whiting Manufacturing Co, established in 1866 in New York. It is marked STERLING
Dimensions 3 and 1/4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £28 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 2591
Item description this is not a buttonhook but came with the recent collection. It is a sewing item and is a glove darner, the small end for the fingers and the larger more bulbous end for the thumb. From America and marked STERLING,  much sought after by the sewing fraternity
Dimensions 4 inches overall
Condition some bruising to the plain ends
Photos
GBP / USD £30 GB  
Status SOLD



Item reference 2977
Item description a vintage celluloid handled "jockey" buttonhook
Dimensions 5 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition average to good
Photos
GBP / USD £12 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 2968
Item description a Victorian Scottish pebble & silver glove buttonhook by Adie & Lovekin, established in 1879 at Regent Street, Birmingham. Scottish agates were popularised by Queen Victoria after Prince Albert found agate "pebbles" in the highland burns and had them made into jewellery for his Queen. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1894
Dimensions 2 and 1/4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £35 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2967
Item description a figural silver handled buttonhook by Levi & Salamon, established in 1873 at 18/20 Upper Hockley street Birmingham. The design of the handle appears to be a commemoration of some significant event which is unknown. The hallmark is for Birmingham 1909, the year preceding the accession of King George V to the throne.
Dimensions 8 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £50 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2966
Item description a figural silver handled buttonhook in the form of a snarling "big cat". There is some debate as to whether it is a leopard or panther, I prefer the latter! It is by  Adie & Lovekin, established in 1879 at Regent Street, Birmingham but the hallmark is rubbed. The Buttonhook Society has recorded examples hallmarked from 1897 to 1901
Dimensions 7 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £40 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2964
Item description a figural gilt brass & ruby glass buttonhook commemorating the coronation of King Edward V11 & Queen Alexandra on August 9th 1902
Dimensions 4 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition some loss of gilding otherwise good original
Photos
GBP / USD £45 GB  
Status SOLD



Item reference 2915
Item description

 a rare circa 1900 hand hammered STERLING handled buttonhook with facetted steel shank by TIFFANY & CO in the Arts & Crafts style.  The firm was founded by Charles L. Tiffany in New York in 1837 & throughout the remaining years of the 19th century, Tiffany’s won wide acclaim for the nature of its product and the wealth of its clientele. The engraved cartouche is JDB

Dimensions 8 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £58 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 2902
Item description an American STERLING silver loop buttoner in the style of Whiting Man Co but with no makers mark
Dimensions 3 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £20 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 2800
Item description a WW1 brass cartridge buttonhook with unknown military badge
Dimensions 6 and 1/4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £18 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 2969
Item description an English silver handled buttonhook with horse & rider terminal. Although  the silver is not marked, an almost identical boot buttonhook is known with hallmarks for William Acraman, assayed in London 1886
Dimensions 11 and 1/4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £55 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 2965
Item description a figural silver handled buttonhook of a Court Jester by Crisford & Norris,  established in 1896 at 118 Vyse Street, Birmingham. The hallmark is rubbed but similar examples are catalogued by The Buttonhook Society for Birmingham 1908/9
Dimensions 5 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £45 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 2963
Item description a figural silver handled buttonhook of a duck emerging from rushes by  Crisford & Norris,  established in 1896 at 118 Vyse Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1907. There are 3 sizes of this buttonhook of which  this is the middle size example
Dimensions 6 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £75 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2962
Item description A figural silver handled owl buttonhook with gemstone eyes by Crisford & Norris,  established in 1896 at 118 Vyse Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1906
Dimensions 7 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition minor wear otherwise good original
Photos
GBP / USD £65 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2961
Item description a figural silver handled buttonhook by Thomas Henry Vale, established in 1899 at Frederick Street, Birmingham. It has a Registered Nr and is hallmarked for Birmingham 1913
Only one other example of this African head buttonhook has been recorded by the Buttonhook Society
Dimensions 6 and 7/8 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £120 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2945
Item description The Buttonhook Society has more records of buttonhook designs by this maker than any other, no less than 191 different handle designs!  One of the largest heavier silver handled Victorian BOOT HOOKS by Adie & Lovekin, established in 1879 at Regent Street, Birmingham. Although the date mark is rubbed, BHS records this design having been produced in 1891
Dimensions 11 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £30 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 2960
Item description an enamel & silver handled buttonhook by unknown maker hallmarked for Birmingham 1909
Dimensions 6 and 7/8 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £45 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2959
Item description a figural silver handled buttonhook in the form of a "teddy bear" by Crisford & Norris, established in 1896 at 118 Vyse Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1907
Dimensions 6 and 5/8 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £45 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2958
Item description a Victorian figural silver handled buttonhook in the form of a heron by Adie & Lovekin, established in 1879 at Regent Street, Birmingham.
Dimensions 7 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £45 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2957
Item description a figural  PIERROT silver handled buttonhook by J&R Griffin, established in 1903 at 28 Hilton Street, Birmingham. Pierrot is a character from French pantomime, with a frilly collaret & conical hat. It is extremely rare as a figural silver buttonhook
Dimensions 7 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £100 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2956
Item description a green agate inlaid & engraved silver handled glove hook in the form of an Irish shamrock. The makers mark is rubbed but the hallmark is for Birmingham 1907
Dimensions 4 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £35 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2953
Item description an enamel & silver handled buttonhook by Henry Matthews, established in 1893 at Vittoria Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1923
Dimensions 9 and 1/2 inches long overall
Condition small blemish on one side of enamel
Photos
GBP / USD £30 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2952
Item description an all-silver Victorian foldover chatelaine glove hook by D & L Spiers, established in 1879 at 27 Hylton Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1888.
Dimensions 1 and 1/2 inches closed
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £35 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2951
Item description a miniature folding glove buttonhook in enamel & steel. This is the larger of the two sizes most commonly seen.
Dimensions 1 and 1/2 inches closed
Condition very minor chip to enamel, good strong mechanical action
Photos
GBP / USD £15 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2950
Item description one of the most unusual chatelaine Oriental glove button hooks of Japanese origin although imported into the USA. The style is sometimes known as Shakudo but more accurately,  damascened decorative metal inlays.
The miniature glove hook is in a scabbard construction with the hook fitting  into the case which has inlays of silver & gold alloys. The end caps are in a rose coloured gold alloy.
Dimensions 2 inches closed
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £50 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2949
Item description a silver handled buttonhook in Art Nouveau style by Adie & Lovekin, established in 1879 at Regent Street, Birmingham. The date letter on the assay mark is rubbed.
Dimensions 7 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £15 GB  
Status SOLD



Item reference 2943
Item description an American celluloid handled buttonhook in the form of a ladies booted leg
Dimensions 5 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £15 GB  
Status SOLD



Item reference 2938
Item description a Sterling silver handled buttonhook in Art Nouveau style with embossed "risqué" lady on the handle. It is marked STERLING plus 1907 from an unknown American silver smith
Dimensions 8 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £30 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 2934
Item description although the handle of this glove hook looks to be a natural type of agate, it is a synthetic 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 £14 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 2829
Item description a moss agate handle with all-silver bolster & shank by George E Walton & Co, established in 1886 at Hylton Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1897
Dimensions 6 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £25 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 2942
Item description an American celluloid handled buttonhook in the form of a ladies booted leg
Dimensions 5 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £15 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2941
Item description  an American celluloid handled buttonhook in the form of a jockey 
Dimensions 6 inches overall
Condition slight distortion to the metal hook
Photos
GBP / USD £15 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 2939
Item description a gold filled buttonhook of American origin
Dimensions 5 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original with minor loss of gold plate
Photos
GBP / USD £25 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2935
Item description an American  Nevada "silver" glove hook with insets of abalone shell. The simple scratch work decoration is typical of this type of buttonhook. Many were made in the state penitentiaries of the "wild west" of America from the turn of the century to the 1930's. Prisons making these articles & including spurs were Washington State Prison Walla Walla, Arizona Territorial Prison & Utah State prison. The "silver" is low grade nickel and not silver but would have been a metal readily to hand
Dimensions 4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £28 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 2933
Item description A Victorian carved ivory handled boot buttonhook with silver collar by John Nowill, established in 1836 at 135 Scotland Street, Sheffield. It has the assay mark for Sheffield 1889. Boot buttonhooks were used by ladies to close buttons on Victorian stiff leather boots, also longer to cope with bending in tight corsets which were the fashion of the day! What makes this extra long buttonhook special is the maker of the ornate steel shank, John Nowill. You will note the ornate balusters & knops where the shank meets the handle which is only present on hooks of significant quality. The marks, star & letter "D" were granted to Thomas Nowill "Maker of Knives" by the Cutlers Company on 27th April 1700.  Thomas Nowill's great grandson became Master Cutler in 1788, an honorary title of some prestige in this city of steel making and cutlery manufacture.
 In 1825 Thomas Nowill retired and left the business to his sons, William & John.  The second of of Thomas's sons moved to Scotland Street in 1836, maintaining the the Nowill reputation and acquiring a further trade mark in 1842, the crossed keys. An unbroken family history of manufacture of  over 250 years is rare, if not unique in Sheffield cutlers.
Dimensions 14.5 inches overall
Condition the ivory has some shrinkage cracks but the handle is strong & stable. Shrinkage is one of the characteristics of old ivory
Photos
GBP / USD £56 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2932
Item description a silver handled figural buttonhook by Crisford & Norris, established in 1896 at 118 Vyse Street, Birmingham. The figure is Mr Punch's dog and is hallmarked for Birmingham 1907
Dimensions 6 inches overall
Condition minor rub through on nose
Photos
GBP / USD £52 GB  
Status SOLD




Item reference 2929
Item description an English silver handled buttonhook with horse & rider terminal. Although  the silver is not marked, an identical boot buttonhook is known with hallmarks for William Acraman, assayed in London 1886
Dimensions 7 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £45 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 2924
Item description a hand carved ivory & steel shafted buttonhook. Although the shaft is marked ENGLISH MADE STEEL, the ivory is probably French or German.
Dimensions 10 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £48 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 2922
Item description an Edwardian silver handled boot buttonhook by William Neale & Sons, established in 1870 at 29 Warstone Lane, Birmingham. It is hallmarked for Chester 1902. The steel shaft also retains it's original silver plated finish.

One of two larger & heavier silver handled BOOT HOOKS. These were used by ladies to close buttons on Victorian/Edwardian stiff leather boots, also longer to cope with bending in tight corsets which were the fashion of the day!
Dimensions 14 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £40 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2921
Item description    A Victorian silver pistol grip handled boot buttonhook by William Hutton & Sons, established in 1880 at 27 High Street, Sheffield. It is hallmarked for Sheffield 1888.
One of two larger & heavier silver handled BOOT HOOKS. These were used by ladies to close buttons on Victorian/Edwardian stiff leather boots, also longer to cope with bending in tight corsets which were the fashion of the day!
Dimensions 13 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £35 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2836
Item description a gilt brass glovehook with aquamarine faceted cut paste stone.
Dimensions 2 and 1/4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £18 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 2910
Item description a Victorian multi-tool silver pocket knife with steel implements by Saunders & Shepherd, established in 1869 at Holborn, London EC. The implements are knife,(shortened) scissors, nail file & buttonhook. The nail file has an  abrasive surface on two sides. It is hallmarked for Chester 1897
Dimensions 2 and 1/4 inches closed
Condition good strong springs and scissors still sharp enough to cut!
Photos
GBP / USD £25 GB  
Status SOLD



Item reference 2906
Item description A Victorian carved ivory handled boot buttonhook with silver collar & applied silver cartouche (KD) by John Nowill, established in 1836 at 135 Scotland Street, Sheffield. It has the assay mark for Sheffield 1888. Boot buttonhooks were used by ladies to close buttons on Victorian stiff leather boots, also longer to cope with bending in tight corsets which were the fashion of the day! What makes this extra long buttonhook special is the maker of the ornate steel shank, John Nowill. You will note the ornate balusters & knops where the shank meets the handle which is only present on hooks of significant quality. The marks, star & letter "D" were granted to Thomas Nowill "Maker of Knives" by the Cutlers Company on 27th April 1700.  Thomas Nowill's great grandson became Master Cutler in 1788, an honorary title of some prestige in this city of steel making and cutlery manufacture.
 In 1825 Thomas Nowill retired and left the business to his sons, William & John.  The second of of Thomas's sons moved to Scotland Street in 1836, maintaining the the Nowill reputation and acquiring a further trade mark in 1842, the crossed keys. An unbroken family history of manufacture of  over 250 years is rare, if not unique in Sheffield cutlers.
Dimensions 14 inches overall
Condition the ivory has numerous shrinkage cracks but the handle is strong & stable. Shrinkage is one of the characteristics of old ivory
Photos
GBP / USD £58 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2905
Item description this little Victorian glove hook in all-silver is by George E Walton Ltd, established in 1886 at 52/4 Hylton Street, Birmingham. It has the assay mark for Birmingham 1892. G.E.W made many all-silver construction glovehooks, many combined with agate.
Dimensions 2 and 1/4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £28 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2874
Item description a micro-mosaic glove buttonhook of Italian origin. Made with tessarae set into a gilt brass "pan" & originating from Rome
Dimensions 3 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £40 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2873
Item description a 15ct (tested) gold handled glove hook, probably French
Dimensions 3 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £55 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2871
Item description a wooden Black Forrest bear glove hook with "gimlet" eyes
Dimensions 3 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £38 GB  
Status SOLD



Item reference 2869
Item description a Victorian/Edwardian silver handled figural buttonhook in the form of a leaping leopard. The maker's mark is ALLd for Adie & Lovekin who made a series of figural designs, many featuring animals. There are two leopards in the series plus matching shoehorn and this is the larger of the two. The date letter is rubbed but known to have been produced between 1895-1904
Dimensions 9 and 1/4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £65 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 2831
Item description a mother-of-pearl handled glovehook with all-silver shank by  George E Walton & Co, established in 1886 at Hylton Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1899
Dimensions 3 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £15 GB  
Status SOLD




Item reference 2851
Item description a Victorian (possibly French) steel buttonhook in the form of a ladies leg. The decoration showing a garter is "wigglework" a primitive form of decoration using simple tools
Dimensions 5 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £28 GB  
Status SOLD



Item reference 2849
Item description although the handle of this buttonhook looks to be a natural type of agate, it is a synthetic type of glittering glass known as AVENTURINE & was invented by the MIOTTI  family in Venice in the mid 1800's
Dimensions 4 and 1/4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £25 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2848
Item description one of the nicest banded agate handles I have seen for some time. It is cut & facetted and displays the full range of colours
Dimensions 4 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £25 GB  
Status SOLD



Item reference 2844
Item description this is the matching Victorian shoehorn to the figural panther buttonhook made by Adie & Lovekin. Made in silver but with no marks
Dimensions 8 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition some oxidisation of the steel, otherwise good original
Photos
GBP / USD £30 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 2839
Item description a silver and enamel glove hook with Isle of Mann coat of arms & British Crown. It has the makers mark W.J.H for William James Holmes, established in 1898 at Hockley Street, Birmingham
Dimensions 2 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £28 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 2837
Item description a sterling silver retractable loop buttoner by Fairchild & Co, formed in 1837 in New York USA
Dimensions 2 and 3/4 inches closed
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £25 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 2832
Item description a brown & white striated agate handled buttonhook with plated shank
Dimensions 6 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £18 GB  
Status SOLD




Item reference 2826
Item description  One of the longest silver & ivory handled BOOT HOOKS. These were 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!  A very substantial version at just under 15 inches in length, it is by Saunders & Shepherd, established in Bartletts Passage Buildings, Holborn, London in 1869. The hallmark is for Birmingham 1889
Dimensions 14 and 7/8 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £50 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2822
Item description A Victorian silver handled BOOT HOOK by W H Wakefield, established  in 1884 at 45 Anderton Road, Sparkbrook, Birmingham. The embossed silver handle is hallmarked for Birmingham 1899 & shows a Troubadour serenading a lady
Dimensions 10 & 3/4  inches
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £30 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2821
Item description Another larger & heavier silver handled BOOT HOOK. These were 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! A Victorian silver handle with hot forged steel shank, it is hallmarked for Birmingham 1893. What sets this apart from other silver handled boot hooks is the beautifully forged steel shank in "rope twist" pattern which mirrors the twist of the silver handle. The maker's mark is rubbed
Dimensions 11 & 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £28 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2820
Item description Another larger & heavier silver handled BOOT HOOK. These were 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!
A silver handle in the Art Nouveau style with what is typically recognised amongst button hook aficionados as a "London shank". it differs from the usual profile with a heavy bolster and weightier tapering shank. The maker is Horton & Allday, first registered at 195/6 Warstone Lane, Birmingham in 1860 & with a London address at Leicester Square,  The hallmark is for Birmingham 1903
Dimensions 12 inches overall
Condition lovely aged patination of the steel shank, + minor silver rub through & bruise
Photos
GBP / USD £28 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 2818
Item description Nr 5 of 5 larger & heavier silver handled BOOT HOOKS. These were 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!
The longest by far of the five examples at an impressive 14 and 1/2 inches. The silver handle is hallmarked for London 1889 and bears Queen Victoria's head on the assay mark.
Dimensions 14 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £35 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 2817
Item description Nr 4 of 5 larger & heavier silver handled BOOT HOOKS. These were 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, reminiscent of peacock feathers is by  the renowned silversmith William Comyns, established in 1859 at Beak Street, London & is hallmarked for London 1898
Dimensions 12 and 1/4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £30 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 2815
Item description Nr 2 of 5 larger & heavier silver handled BOOT HOOKS. These were 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 is an American all-silver boot hook with heavily textured handle, even the shaft is silver and is marked STERLING 26. It has the look of a hand crafted piece
Dimensions 10 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £30 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 2814
Item description Nr 1 of 5 larger & heavier silver handled BOOT HOOKS. These were 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 classic Art Nouveau boot hook is hallmarked London 1906 by Charles Dumenil, of 166 Broad Street, London established in 1879
Dimensions 10 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £30 GB  
Status SOLD




Item reference 2809
Item description an American "gold filled" retractable chatelaine glove hook with inserts of abalone shell & mother of pearl. It is marked PAT.DEC.5.71 dating it to 1871
Dimensions 2 and 1/8 inches closed
Condition perfect mechanical action and overall condition
Photos
GBP / USD £30 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2801
Item description a gilt brass glovehook with ruby glass crown finial commemorating the Coronation of Edward V11 & Queen Alexandra from 9th August 1902. Edward was the eldest son of Queen Victoria and Alexandra was from the Danish royal family
Dimensions 4 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £35 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 2796
Item description a Whitby Jet glove buttonhook with carved handle
Dimensions 4 inches overall
Condition small scratch on the plain reverse, otherwise good original
Photos
GBP / USD £20 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 2789
Item description A hand carved Whitby Jet glove hook with picture of the Abbey.
Dimensions 3 and 7/8 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £38 GB  
Status SOLD
   


Item reference 2779
Item description A French cloisonné enamel on brass glovehook with remaining traces of gilding. The Buttonhook Society records show only one previous example of cloisonné buttonhooks so this is certainly rare if not almost unique. The French attribution relates not only to the enamel but also to the "shepherds crook"
Dimensions 5 inches overall
Condition apart from gilding loss, good original
Photos
GBP / USD £75 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 2778
Item description a novelty figural silver handled glove button hook in the form of a golf club by Adie & Lovekin, established at Regent Street, Birmingham in 1879. It is hallmarked Birmingham 1909. This is the smallest of the trio of golf club hooks made by A&L
Dimensions 3 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £25 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2777
Item description a silver and guilloche enamel Art Deco glovehook by Barker Bros, established in 1885 at Constitution Hill, Birmingham.
It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1930
Dimensions 4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £15 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2776
Item description A hand carved Whitby Jet glove hook with picture of the Abbey.
Dimensions 3 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £38 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2775
Item description a Whitby Jet glove buttonhook, hand carved with inscription WHITBY and the cross symbolising the Abbey.

Jet is a geological material and is considered to be a minor gemstone. It is not considered a true mineral, but rather a mineraloid as it has an organic origin, being derived from decaying wood under extreme pressure. The English noun "jet" derives from the French word for the same material jaiet

Dimensions 3 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition minor scratch on reverse, otherwise good original
Photos
GBP / USD £28 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 2772
Item description a trio of silver handled button hooks, two by Adie & Lovekin, assayed Birmingham 1900 & 1901 and the art nouveau one by William Devenport, hallmarked for Birmingham 1905
Dimensions 7 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £21 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 2765
Item description an impressive quality Edwardian boot buttonhook by Williams(Birmingham) Ltd, established in 1902 at 172/178 Hockley Street. The hallmark is for Birmingham 1906
Dimensions 10 & 1/4 inches overall
Condition the silver handle has an unusual "wave form" profile which is difficult to photograph but despite the shadows in the photos is in perfect original condition. The plain cartouche on one side is clear despite the reflection in the picture
Photos
GBP / USD £28 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 2764
Item description A WW1 brass cartridge buttonhook with badge for a Canadian regiment. Cartridge Trench Art buttonhooks are relatively numerous with British badges but more rarely with an allied military badge & inscription dedicated to either a loved one or particular battle. The 21st Battalion Canadian Infantry were based at Shoreham during the 1st world war. The inscription is A.MABLE POWLES, SHOREHAM, 27TH APRIL 1917 & was likely made by a Canadian soldier preparing for D Day.
Dimensions 5 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £28 GB  
Status SOLD




Item reference 2683
Item description agate & gilt wire loop buttoner
Dimensions 2 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition some pitting of the gilt metal loop
Photos
GBP / USD £15 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 2676
Item description

 a miniature folding penknife type glovehook, these are sometimes described as Christmas cracker novelties

Dimensions

just over 1 inch closed

Condition

small chip on enamel on one side

Photos
GBP / USD £10 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 2762
Item description This little glovehook has a bird terminal in "cold painted bronze". There is a series of these, quite rare, and so far we have records of parrot, cat, partridge  & robin terminals. The white metal shank on which the animal character sits is of a consistent profile but no markings to indicate where the glove hook is made. Cold painted bronze figures are almost always from Vienna and I would guess this is the origin of the animal characters. The "distressed" nature of the painted finish is also a characteristic of this type of glove hook. (see Sue Brandon's book "Buttonhooks & Shoehorns" page 25)
Dimensions 5 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £58 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 2758
Item description an elephants head - one of the rarest figural silver handled glove hooks by Arthur James Smith, established at Bartholomew Close, London in 1882.
It has a registered mark and is hallmarked for Chester.
Dimensions 3 and 1/4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £140 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 2753
Item description a figural handled celluloid buttonhook in the form of a duck's head
Dimensions 6 and 1/4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £68 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2752
Item description a celluloid handled buttonhook in the form of a jocket
Dimensions 5 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £15 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2748
Item description a brass glovehook with agate ball in the form of a rampant lion
Dimensions 4 and 1/4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £50 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2747
Item description a  brass glovehook fighting sword with agate handle 
Dimensions 4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £45 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2746
Item description a brass glovehook with agate ball in the form of a serpent
Dimensions 4 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £45 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2742
Item description a heavy quality Victorian silver handled boot buttonhook by William Comyns, the decoration reminiscent of peacock feathers. Comyns, one of the best London makers specialized in these long hooks used for ladies boots. The company produced goods for many prestigious jewellers & silversmiths including Goldsmiths & Silversmiths of Regent Street and Tiffany & Co of New York  It is hallmarked for London 1887
Dimensions 11 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £28 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 2730
Item description an all-silver glove hook with glass amethyst Scottish stone finial. It is made by A.J Pepper of Frederick Street, Birmingham and is assayed in Birmingham 1913
Dimensions 2 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £15 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2729
Item description an all-silver glovehook made with twisted silver wire, marked STERLING
Dimensions 2 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £25 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2728
Item description an all-silver glove buttonhook in lily-of-the-valley decoration by Whiting Man Co, founded in 1840 in New York
Dimensions 3 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £28 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 2709
Item description a rare Edwardian all-silver glove hook in the form of a Manx Cat with the makers mark W.J.H for William James Holmes of Hockley Hill Birmingham. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1909
Dimensions 3 inches overall
Condition the hook is slightly open indicating use, otherwise good original
Photos
GBP / USD £95 GB  
Status SOLD



Item reference 2706
Item description an all-silver chatelaine foldover glovehook by Saunders & Shepherd, established in 1869 at Holborn, London. It is heavily chased and hallmarked for Birmingham 1889 plus Queen Victoria's head. The hinge is good & strong giving a satisfying snap when closed
Dimensions 2 and 3/4 inches closed
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £40 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 2702
Item description a figural silver handled glove hook in the form of a golf club by Adie & Lovekin. The company was established at Regent St Birmingham in 1879. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1910. This is the smallest in a series of three by Adie & Lovekin
Dimensions 3 inches overall
Condition average to good original
Photos
GBP / USD £28 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2699
Item description a silver plated glove buttoner in the form of a jockey's whip. It could be silver but there are no marks
Dimensions 3 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £ 24 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2682
Item description  this figural duck handled buttonhook with glass eyes is one  of a suite of animals, all made from celluloid in the early 20th century. Others in the suite to look out for are elephant, kingfisher & owl. This duck is in simulated shagreen (sharkskin)
Dimensions 5 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition good original with old patination on the steel shaft
Photos
GBP / USD £68 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 2681
Item description 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.

Dimensions 9 inches overall
Condition minor distortion to the hook end, otherwise good original
Photos
GBP / USD £90 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2680
Item description an American ladies leg buttonhook by J L Sommer Mfg Co of Newark, New Jersey
Dimensions 6 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £18 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2679
Item description an American ladies leg buttoner by J L Sommer Mfg Co of Newark, New Jersey
Dimensions 6 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £18 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 2649
Item description a nickel plate on brass Stanhope ("peeper") glove button hook with 6 views A Memory of CORBRIDGE: Vale of Tyne, Parish Church, Dilston Castle, Corbridge, Market Palce, The Bridge. It was made by the renowned producer of Stanhopes, McKee of Dublin but made in France for the British tourist market.
Dimensions 2 and 1/2 inches closed
Condition some loss of plate but clear views in the "peeper"
Photos
GBP / USD £78 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 2646
Item description an agate & brass halberd axe buttonhook, the original weapon of which  dates to the 14th/15th century. The origins go back to Swiss German, known as a HELLEBARDE and popular in battle for it's multiple use.
Dimensions 5 and 1/4 inches overall
Condition these hooks frequently have one or more of the spikes missing which are somewhat fragile so it is nice to see one complete
Photos
GBP / USD £38 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 2624
Item description this tiny little solid gold chatelaine glove buttonhook tests at 14ct and is inset with a blue sapphire.
Dimensions 2 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £38 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2623
Item description a figural all-silver glove buttonhook in the form of a panther or leopards head by William James Holmes, established in 1898 at 173 Hockley Hill, Birmingham It is hallmarked Birmingham 1900 & is the smallest in a series of three. Unusually, it is hallmarked W.J.H as opposed to the more common ALLd for Adie & Lovekin
Dimensions 2 and 1/4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £30 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 2618
Item description an all-silver glovehook by  Gorham Mfg Co of Providence, Rhode Island USA.
In addition to the makers mark it is marked STERLING 64
Dimensions 3 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £28 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 2616
Item description a silver gilt and enamel glovehook by David Andersen, the famous Norwegian silversmith. It has the makers mark for 1888-1925 and also 925 denoting Sterling quality
Dimensions 3 inches overall
Condition  good original
Photos
GBP / USD £38 GB  
Status SOLD




Item reference 2609
Item description one of the rare Corozo nut buttonhooks, carved into a grotesque face. It is generally accepted the nuts were carved in Africa and mounted on a steel shaft in France. All original with glass eyes
Dimensions 3 and 1/4 inches overall length
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £110 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 2607
Item description a facetted banded agate handled buttonhook with gilt brass shank
Dimensions 5 and 3/8 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £22 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 2596
Item description an all-silver STERLING glovehook of the The World's Columbian Exposition, celebrating the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's landing in America.  It was actually held in 1893, a year later than had been planned with New York City, Washington, D.C., St.Louis, and Chicago all vieing for the honour of housing the exposition. On April 25, 1890, President Benjamin Harrison signed the act that designated Chicago as the site of the exposition. It took three frantic years of preparation and work to produce the exposition. Although dedication ceremonies were held on October 21, 1892, the fairgrounds were not opened to the public until May 1, 1893.
Dimensions 3 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £30 GB  
Status SOLD


tem reference 2559
Item description one of the most sought after figural animal buttonhooks, the Spaniel and not only one but a matching pair! This shoehorn and buttonhook have heavy silver handles and are by Crisford & Norris, established at 118 Vyse Street, Birmingham in 1896. The steel shanks are both marked Steel. The shank on the buttonhook has a nice aged patina indicating much use over it's 110 year life but the silver handle is in good condition. The marks are rubbed but the date letter is clear for 1901, the start of the  Edward VII reign.
Dimensions button hook 8 and 5/8 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £180 pair GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 2554
Item description an art nouveau silver handled buttonhook with inset turquoise cabochon stone. The maker is the renowned Liberty & Company, established in 1875 at Regent Street, London & is hallmarked for London 1914. In the 1890s Arthur Lasenby Liberty built strong relationships with many leading English designers and studios such as Arthur Silver and the ‘Silver Studio’ . Many of these designers were key figures in the Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau movements and Arthur Liberty was instrumental in the development of British Art Nouveau through his encouragement of such designers.
Dimensions 9 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition being completely plain silver it is inevitable there will be signs of use after almost 100 years . The photos give a good representative picture of the condition but on the reverse side there are two very small bruises but because of light reflection will not show in the photo.
Photos
GBP / USD £130 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2553
Item description a rare example of an agate handled buttonhook with silver collar by George Edward Walton of 59 Hatton Garden London EC and 52 Hylton Street, Birmingham. This maker is renowned for agate & silver combinations but what makes this different is that the agate is New Zealand South Island greenstone, known as Pounamu or nephrite jade. It is important in Maori culture & is marked G.E.W STERLING so probably made for the export market
Dimensions 8 inches overall
Condition the small black "flecks" in the photo are inclusions in the stone which is translucent and similar to moss agate. Both the handle and the silver collar are in perfect condition.
Photos
GBP / USD £65 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2518
Item description an embossed silver Edwardian scabbard buttonhook by Francis Webb, established at 19 Great Hampton Street, Birmingham in 1887. The hook part is reversible and fits into the handle making it compact when not in use. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1903
Dimensions 5 and 1/4 inches open
Condition smallest discolouration where handle meets the steel shank as can be seen in the photos
Photos
GBP / USD £35 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2517
Item description an all-silver and Connemara agate glove buttonhook by J Cook & Sons, established at Livery Street, Birmingham in 1888. The design is in the form of an Irish harp & is hallmarked for Birmingham 1902
Dimensions 3 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £35 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 2497
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 1887 plus Victoria's head making it one of the earliest Victorian boot hooks.
Dimensions 11 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £120 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2496
Item description Chinese Export all-silver buttonhook by Zee Sung of Shanghai & dating from the early 1900's. It has an engraved floral cartouche with initial "M"
Dimensions 9 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £66 GB  
Status SOLD



Item reference 2493
Item description an owl with the garnet eyes to paraphrase Edmund de Waal's eponymous hare with amber eyes! No - this is not a netsuke but a silver handled buttonhook by Crisford & Norris, established at 118 Vyse Street, Birmingham in 1896. The steel shank is marked English Make Steel.
Garnet cut stones set in silver, it is hallmarked for Birmingham 1912
Dimensions 5 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition small distortion of one ear, otherwise good original
Photos
GBP / USD £58 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2492
Item description a vintage glove buttonhook with Whitby Jet handle in a cut decoration
Dimensions 2 and 7/8 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £14 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2491
Item description silver handle with a lustre enamel handle which has seen better days! Still worth adding to your collection if you have not seen it before. The maker is Henry Charles Freeman, established in 1870 at Hatton Garden, London. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1909
Dimensions 7 inches overall
Condition as described and as pictured in the photos. Some enamel missing
Photos
GBP / USD £8 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 2480 
Item description lignum vitae is one of the hardest woods and was used on sailing ship construction for pulleys and cogs on the rigging. This is an opportunity to buy an early buttonhook with lignum handle. Did you know that lignum is the only wood to sink in water?

Post Script!! The buyer of this lignum handled buttonhook is from Australia and on receipt of the hook decided to test the veracity of the claim that lignum vitae is the only wood not to float in water. The Australian aborigines used a wood for making clubs from the Acacia Peuce, more colloquially known as a Waddi tree. This wood is extremely dense and ideal for clubs or "waddies" used for killing game. And you’ve guessed right, it also sinks in water!

Dimensions 8 and 1/4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos  
GBP / USD £15 GB   
Status SOLD


Item reference 2444
Item description a Victorian cast silver eagles claw holding a silver ball by Charles Boyton, established at Upper Charles Street, London in 1809. Boyton is known for producing some of the earliest silver boot buttonhooks, almost all with figural handles of birds & animals. They are quality items and much sought after. This eagles claw is hallmarked with Victoria's head for London 1889 and has initials engraved on the silver ball WST, probably from the original owner.
Dimensions 12 and 3/4 inches overall length. Ball & claw 1 and 1/2 X 1 and 1/4 inches,
handle 3 inches long
Condition silver handle good original with loss of plate on the steel shaft
Photos
GBP / USD £195 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2441
Item description a micro-mosaic glove buttonhook with brass shank and chatelaine ring, made in Rome.
Dimensions 2 and 5/8 inches overall
Condition possibly 1 minute "chip" missing, not sure! Some oxidisation to the brass
Photos
GBP / USD £48 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2431
Item description a brass souvenir glove buttonhook with red glass marble orb under crown, commemorating the Coronation of King Edward & Queen Alexandra in 1902
Dimensions 4 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £45 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 2425
Item description figural silver buttonhook in the form of a sitting cat. It is one of the less common figurals from the series by Crisford & Norris,  established at Vyse St Birmingham in 1896. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1909
Dimensions 8 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition rubbed through on two flutes just above the bolster, otherwise good original with ears & nose intact!
Photos
GBP / USD £118 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2422
Item description Whitby Jet hand carved glove buttonhook with carving of Whitby Abbey
Dimensions 3 and 5/8 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £38 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 2416
Item description 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 buttonhook has a sterling silver collar & ebony handle and is hallmarked for Sheffield 1900. The working of the steel bolster where the handle meets the shaft is particularly fine & typical of Nowill's work.
Dimensions 11 & 1/4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £25 GB  
Status SOLD

Item reference 2423
Item description figural gilt brass glove button hook in the form of an owl. It has glass eyes and an agate top hat.
Dimensions 4 and 1/8 inches overall
Condition some gilding is worn but otherwise good original
Photos
GBP / USD £48 GB  
Status SOLD



Item reference 2413
Item description silver handled buttonhook commemorating Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubillee. It is by Adie & Lovekin and bears the hallmark and date letter for 1896
Dimensions 7 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original with some oxidisation of the steel
Photos
GBP / USD £30 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 2330
Item description figural silver handled teddy bear by Spurier & Co of James St, Birmingham. It bears the hallmark & date letter for B1909. As is often the case with bears, they are much loved and get a lot of use and this certainly applies to this one! You can see from the photos that it is quite distressed but complete and intact, never-the-less.
Dimensions 6 inches overall
Condition "rubbed through on the nose and one knee. Ears & one paw distorted but no splits
Photos
GBP / USD £38 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 2406
Item description micro mosaic & brass glovehook with chatelaine ring, believed to have been made in Rome. Marked OG on reverse 
Dimensions 3 and 1/8 inches overall
Condition two missing tesserae, otherwise good original
Photos
GBP / USD £45 GB  
Status SOLD



Item reference 2391 
Item description micro mosaic & brass glovehook with chatelaine ring, believed to have been made in Rome 
Dimensions 3 and 5/8 inches overall
Condition missing tesserae near where the handle meets the brass shank as can be seen in the photo.
Photos  
GBP / USD £32 GB   
Status SOLD

Item reference 2383
Item description Chinese Export Silver prunus blossom all-silver buttonhook fully marked for Wang Hing, both the handle and shank are in 90 grade silver. Unlike the majority of English silver handled buttonhooks which are stamped in a mould, this Chinese Export Silver example is individually hand wrought, each part of the design being created by chasing with small tools and the background also chased with a "stipple" effect. The gauge of silver is heavier than English pieces and is not filled with resin to create extra weight.
Wang Hing was a maker/retailer of top level export Chinese silver. The firms was patronised by Tiffany's, Indian Maharajas, and other notables. It had retail premises between 1875 and 1925  at 10 Queen's Road, Hong Kong. Another outlet was at 1 Sai Hing Street, Guangzhou. The firm enjoyed an excellent reputation and was a supplier to Tiffany & Co.
Dimensions 10 & 1/2 inches overall
Condition original condition - totally unworn
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GBP / USD £78 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 2353
Item description a gold foldover glove buttonhook with chatelaine ring tested at 18ct, unusual for this type of glovehook which are generally 9ct. Weight is 5 grs which equates to 18ct scrap value of £90
Dimensions 2 inches open, 1 and 3/16 inches closed
Condition  good strong spring hinge action 
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GBP / USD £60 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 2344
Item description vintage brass owl glovehook with glass eyes & agate top hat. I have not seen this one for sale on the Internet since 2003 so it is very rare.
Dimensions 4 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original but with evidence of "straightening" of the shank as can be seen in the pictures
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GBP / USD £65 GB  
Status SOLD


Item reference 2323
Item description one of the best moss agate glovehooks I have seen for a long time with beautiful multi-coloured inclusions. The shank and collar are brass as is usual
Dimensions 3 and 1/4 inches
Condition the tiniest "nick" on the point of the handle, so small I had trouble photographing it!
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GBP / USD £20 GB  
Status SOLD


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