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item reference 5283
Item description an all-STERLING silver combination pocket shoehorn & buttonhook in the Art Deco style
Dimensions 1 and 3/4 inches closed
Condition good original
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GBP / USD £18 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5279
Item description a STERLING silver handled buttonhook by Whiting Manufacturing Co of  New York USA. It is stamped with letters MAB
Dimensions 8 inches overall
Condition good original
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GBP / USD £35 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5252
Item description an all- silver glove buttonhook by Edward Souter Barnsley, established in 1887 at 45 Frederick Street, Birmingham. The hallmark is indistinct and only the makers mark is readable. However, the Buttonhook Society Compendium for E.S.B records the item made in Birmingham between 1894-1907
Dimensions 3 inches overall
Condition repair to the hook end, otherwise good original
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GBP / USD £12 GB (How to buy)
Status FOR SALE

item reference 5240
Item description a silver handled Victorian BOOT buttonhook with embossed celebratory  scenes of figures from times past, It is characteristic of Dutch silver and although the hallmark is rubbed, it shows the letter "F" for an imported item and date letter "N" for 1888 plus Victoria's head. The terminal shows an old repair and originally would have had a horse & rider figure on the top. The owner's name is engraved on the plain area below the bolster "Phimie" possibility a diminutive of Philomena?
Dimensions 11 inches overall
Condition as described
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GBP / USD £15 GB (How to buy)
Status FOR SALE

item reference 5238
Item description a heavy quality all-silver combination buttonhook shoehorn by Charles Dumenil, established in 1879 at 16 Broad Street, Soho, London. It has hallmarks for London 1915 & the monarchs head of George V.
Dimensions 10 inches overall
Condition good original
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GBP / USD £60 GB (How to buy)
Status FOR SALE

item reference 5236
Item description  a Victorian silver handled retractable chatelaine glove hook by William Manton, established in 1892 at 103 Vyse Street, Birmingham  It has a Chester hallmark but the date letter is rubbed
Dimensions 2 and 1/8 inches closed
Condition small bruise which is unseen when slider is closed
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GBP / USD £25 GB (How to buy)
Status FOR SALE


item reference 5289
Item description  a white metal loop glovehook with geometric fob & chain.   
Dimensions 5 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition distorted loop
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GBP / USD £6 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5288
Item description a STERLING silver handled buttonhook by unknown American maker. On one side is the image of a boy riding a dolphin!
Dimensions 4 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition good original
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GBP / USD £12 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5287
Item description a STERLING  silver twisted wire glove hook of American origin
Dimensions 3 inches overall
Condition some distortion to the hook end
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GBP / USD £12 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5286
Item description a late 19th Century celluloid & steel advertising novelty glove hook for MILLER'S COCOA. These popular items were marketed by The Whitehead & Hoag Co of Newark N.J
Dimensions 2 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition oxidisation of the steel
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GBP / USD £35 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5285
Item description a STERLING silver handled "jockey's whip" loop glove hook
Dimensions 3 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original
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GBP / USD £17 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5284
Item description a STERLING silver handled buttonhook by unknown American maker in the Art Nouveau style
Dimensions 5 and 1/4 inches overall
Condition average to good
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GBP / USD £7 GB  
Status SOLD


item reference 5282
Item description  a STERLINMG silver handled button hook by Theodor W Foster & Bros Co of Providence, Rhode Island USA. A lion symbol is embossed on each side
Dimensions 6 and 3/8 inches overall
Condition slight mis-aligned shank
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GBP / USD £8 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5281
Item description a STERLING silver handled buttonhook by unknown American maker.
Dimensions 6 and 1/4 inches overall
Condition sundry "dings" on side of handle
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GBP / USD £7 GB  
Status SOLD


item reference 5280
Item description a silver glove hook with  trailing ribbon design
Dimensions 2 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original
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GBP / USD £6 GB  
Status SOLD


item reference 5278
Item description an all-silver pair of buttonhooks by Whiting Manufacturing Co of  New York USA.. The larger of the two  is stamped with a model number 115 & STERLING
Dimensions 4 & 1/4 inches overall, glovehook 3 inches overall
Condition good original
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GBP / USD £18 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5277
Item description a STERLING silver handled buttonhook by Whiting Manufacturing Co of  New York USA. It is stamped with a model number 8
Dimensions 6 inches overall
Condition good original
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GBP / USD £18 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5276
Item description a STERLING silver handled buttonhook in aesthetic design by Frank M Whiting of North Attleboro Massachusetts USA. It is stamped with a model number 74
Dimensions 8 inches overall
Condition good original, some oxidisation to the steel shaft
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GBP / USD £30 GB  
Status SOLD


item reference 5275
Item description a mother of pearl glove hook with cut steel bolster & shank
Dimensions 4 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original
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GBP / USD £17 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5274
Item description a bone handled Stanhope glove hook with four views of Bayeaux. Maison St Martin, Rue St Martin, Le Cathedral & one other difficult to read
Dimensions 3 and 1/4 inches overall
Condition avarage
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GBP / USD £20 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5273
Item description a bone handled Stanhope glove hook inscribed from J Parkinson Neville Street, Southport. There are four views of Southport viz:
Entrance to Pier, Cambridge Hall, Winter Gardens & Botanic Gardens
Dimensions 4 inches overall
Condition old repair to handle
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GBP / USD £24 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5272
Item description a feather cut mother of pearl glove buttonhook
Dimensions 4 and 3/8 inches overall
Condition good original
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GBP / USD £12 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5271
Item description a Victorian folding glove hook with silver scales by Francis Webb, established in 1887 at 19 Great Hampton Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1888
Dimensions 2 inches closed
Condition good original
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GBP / USD £15 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5270
Item description an unusual loop buttoner with brass metalwork inset with mother of pearl and a Greco/Roman style lozenge
Dimensions 5 inches overall
Condition
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GBP / USD £20 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5269
Item description a Victorian novelty silver glove hook in the form of a horses leg by George E Walton & Co, established in 1886 at 52 Hylton Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1898
Dimensions 3 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original
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GBP / USD £14 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5268
Item description an Edwardian silver handled buttonhook with Scottish thistle terminal by Adie & Lovekin, hallmarked for Birmingham 1906
Dimensions 4 and 1/4 inches overall
Condition good original
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GBP / USD £28 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5267
Item description a Victorian all-silver glove buttonhook by George E Walton & Co, established in 1886 at 52 Hylton Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1898
Dimensions 4 inches overall
Condition good original
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GBP / USD £20 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5266
Item description an Edwardian figural "eagles claw" silver handled buttonhook by Robert Pringle & Son, established in 1862 at 42 Clerkenwell Road, London. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1908
Dimensions 7 and 1/4 inches overall
Condition good original
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GBP / USD £35 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5265
Item description an Edwardian silver handled Mr Punch buttonhook by Spurrier & Co, established in 1883 at George Street Birmingham. This maker is an alternative to the more common Crisford & Norris.& is hallmarked for Birmingham 1908
Dimensions 5 inches overall
Condition "bobble" on hat slightly distorted
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GBP / USD £30 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5264
Item description a cut steel facetted glove hook
Dimensions 2 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original
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GBP / USD £6 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5263
Item description a plated folding glove hook with copper finish in the form of a "nightingale"
Dimensions 2 inches closed
Condition good strong spring to the folding mechanism
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GBP / USD £12 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5262
Item description a carved bone handled button hook
Dimensions 6 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original
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GBP / USD £6 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5261
Item description a Victorian silver handled buttonhook by Saunders & Shepherd, established in London at 26 Bartletts Passage in 1869. The cartouche is engraved TILLIE
Dimensions 10 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition some loss of plate to the steel shaft
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GBP / USD £18 GB  
Status SOLD


item reference 5260
Item description a silver & enamel handled button hook by Crisford & Norris in the Art Deco style. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1933
Dimensions 6 and 5/8 inches overall
Condition good original
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GBP / USD £25 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5259
Item description an agate handled buttonhook with stunning large blue azure ball & steel shaft
Dimensions 9 inches overall
Condition good original
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GBP / USD £45 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5258
Item description a French Corozo nut handled buttonhook with grotesque carved man's face.
Dimensions 5 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original
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GBP / USD £45 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5257
Item description a Victorian silver handled combination buttonhook & shoehorn by Judah Rosenthal & Samuel Jacob, established in 1876 at 23 Southampton Street, London. It is hallmarked for 1887 and also displays Victoria's head.
Dimensions 7 inches overall
Condition some distortion to the silver horn
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GBP / USD £35 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5256
Item description an early plastic handled buttonhook with silver collar by J A Scholes, established at 25 Monmouth Street, Sheffield in 1897. It is hallmarked for Sheffield 1914
Dimensions 7 and 1/4 inches overall
Condition good original
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GBP / USD £12 GB  
Status SOLD



item reference 5255
Item description a silver handled buttonhook with no distinguishing marks but beautifully chased floral design
Dimensions 5 inches overall
Condition good original
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GBP / USD £8 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5254
Item description a silver handled glove buttonhook in classic Art Nouveau, possibly by a Danish silversmith marked as 800 quality
Dimensions 4 and 1/4 inches overall
Condition good original
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GBP / USD £8 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5253
Item description an all-silver Victorian mini glove hook by  Adie & Lovekin, established in !879 at Regent Street, Birmingham. The assay mark is for 1898
Dimensions 2 inches overall
Condition good original
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GBP / USD £8 GB  
Status SOLD


item reference 5251
Item description a silver handled glove hook by Thomas Henry Vale, established at Frederick Street Birmingham in 1899. The terminal is set with a small amber stone and the assay mark is for 1910
Dimensions 3 inches overall
Condition good original
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GBP / USD £12 GB
Status SOLD

item reference 5250
Item description a pair of silver handled glove/button hooks believed to be French. There is a possible "poincon" mark just under the bolster on the larger of the two items
Dimensions largest is 5 inches overall
Condition good original
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GBP / USD £18 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5249
Item description an all-silver Chinese Export silver buttonhook by Tuck Chang who traded from 67 Broadway, Shanghai in the late 19th to early 20th century.
The design is a very subtle spot hammering
Dimensions 8 inches overall
Condition slight "scuff" to the hook end
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GBP / USD £30 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5248
Item description a plated brass loop buttoner with chain & fob.
Dimensions 6 inches overall
Condition loss of plate and distortion of the loop
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GBP / USD £6 GB  
Status SOLD


item reference 5247
Item description a pair of plated metal loop buttoner & glove hook
Dimensions buttoner is 3 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original
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GBP / USD £12 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5246
Item description this glove hook is a bit of a puzzle!  It is made in the form of a stylised elephant ( I think) in plated brass but has only one side of the handle in decorated form. Is the reverse  stamping of the handle missing deliberately or possibly been repaired?
Dimensions 3 inches overall
Condition as described
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GBP / USD £10 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5245
Item description a Victorian silver handled BOOT buttonhook by Edward Souter Barnsley, established in 1887 at 45 Frederick Street, Birmingham. The design is reminiscent of Chinese bamboo style but this buttonhook was made in Birmingham in 1889
Dimensions 10 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition good original
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GBP / USD £18 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5244
Item description a Victorian silver handled BOOT buttonhook by George Unite, established in 1865 at 65 Caroline Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1887, one of the earliest dates for buttonhook production. The spot hammered design is typical of George Unite who was a well regarded silversmith from this era.
Dimensions 11 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original
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GBP / USD £25 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5243
Item description a Victorian silver handled BOOT buttonhook by Adie & Lovekin established in !879 at Regent Street, Biringham. This is yet another candidate for the longest boot buttonhook at 14 & 1/2 inches overall. The date letter (O) is for 1888, only a year after the founding of the company.
Dimensions 14 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition slight bend in steel shaft otherwise good original
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GBP / USD £23 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5242
Item description an Edward V11 silver handled BOOT buttonhook by Deakin & Francis, established in 1882 at 15/17 Regent Street, Birmingham. It has a cupids face and stylised dolphin amongst flowers. The hallmark is for Birmingham 1901
Dimensions 12 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition good original
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GBP / USD £45 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5241
Item description a silver handled boot buttonhook with London shank by unknown maker and origin. It came with other buttonhooks from a Dutch collector (see item 5240) and definitely is a candidate for the longest boot hook, measuring 15 & 1/2 inches overall. The silver handle is pure simplicity with shell like "pistol" end
Dimensions 15 & 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original
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GBP / USD £45 GB  
Status SOLD



item reference 5239
Item description a Victorian silver handled London quality BOOT button hook by William Comyns, established in 1859 at Regent Street, London. The heavily weighted cast silver handle has embossed images of a dragon fly, dove and the Windman's face on the end of the handle. It hallmarked for 1887, one of the earliest dates for English boot hooks
Dimensions 13 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original
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GBP / USD £55 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5237
Item description an Edward V11 silver handled glove hook by William Henry Levy, established at Hatton Garden, London in 1901. It has import marks for London 1902 (letter "F") and also marked STERLING
Dimensions 3 inches overall
Condition average to good, slight distortion to steel hook end
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GBP / USD £20 GB  
Status SOLD


item reference 5235
Item description a miniature silver glove hook with amethyst stone terminal. The English hallmark is rubbed
Dimensions 1 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original
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GBP / USD £18 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5234
Item description A plated metal Stanhope retracting glove hook with caption "a Memory of Whitehaven". The lens is quite difficult to read as is often the case with Stanhopes but I can see the following pictures: The Harbour, Lowther Street, Whitehaven Castle, St Nicholas Church & The Cemetary.
Dimensions 2 and 1/2 inches overall closed
Condition Lens is "fogged" but images can be seen with difficulty. Steel hook is oxidised
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GBP / USD £45 GB  
Status SOLD


item reference 5233
Item description a  silver handled rope twist glove hook
Dimensions 1 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition good original
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GBP / USD £12 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5232
Item description a silver & guilloche engine turned enamel button hook of English origin. The hallmark is rubbed
Dimensions 7 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition good original
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GBP / USD £18 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5231
Item description I rather like these novelty folding bow glove hooks, although it looks like silver it is a white metal ornamental cast outer over a steel folding bow.
Dimensions 1 and 3/4 inches closed
Condition good original, satisfying "snap" action
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GBP / USD £25 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5230
Item description  I am tempted to call this little novelty glove hook combination an Irish harp but as it is marked  Brevete it must be French! It comprises a nail tool & glove hook in base metal
Dimensions 1 and 3/4 by 1 inches closed
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £8 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5229
Item description an Art Nouveau silver handled buttonhook with embossed image of a bird (possibly kingfisher) in trailing foliage & lillies above water. The maker is William Neale & son, established in 1870 at 29 Warstone Lane, Birmingham. It is hallmarked for Chester 1906. There is also a registered design number Rd 412167 which although rubbed, is recorded in the BHS archive as February 1903
Dimensions 10 & 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original
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GBP / USD £42 GB  
Status SOLD


item reference 5228
Item description a magnificent Victorian stag handled BOOT buttonhook with silver collar by Hilliard & Thomason, established in 1847 at 1/2 Spencer Street, Birmingham. It has a Chester assay mark for 1898.
Dimensions 14 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition slight "splay" of the steel hook but good aged patina of the steel. Small surface bruise of the collar
Photos
GBP / USD £58 GB  
Status SOLD


item reference 5227
Item description an Edwardian silver handled BOOT buttonhook by the Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Company established in 1880 at 112 Regent Street, London. It has symbolic images of a dove, a squirrel and a "putti" firing a bow and arrow. The steel shank has the weight & profile typical of London silversmith.
The hallmark is for London 1905
Dimensions 13 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £48 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5226
Item description

a silver and champlevé enamel buttonhook by William Neale & Sons established in 1870 at 29 Warstone Lane, Birmingham. The assay marks are rubbed but from the style of the engine turning it is 19320/1930's

Dimensions 7 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original
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GBP / USD £18 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5225
Item description

a silver and enamel folding penknife glove hook. There is an unreadable French  "poincons" mark plus a 925 mark for silver

Dimensions 2 and 1/4 inches closed
Condition good mechanical action
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GBP / USD £20 GB  
Status SOLD


item reference 5223
Item description

an early gentleman's horn handled boot buttonhook with silver collar, assayed in Birmingham in 1889. The makers mark is rubbed.

Dimensions 10 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition good original with original aged patina
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GBP / USD £45 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5222
Item description

a silver & champlevé enamel buttonhook in the Art Deco style. There is a Birmingham hallmark but unfortunately it is unreadable

Dimensions 5 and 3/8 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £18 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5221
Item description

a silver & champlevé enamel buttonhook in the Art Deco style

Dimensions 5 and 3/8 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £18 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5220
Item description

an interesting buttonhook with the handle covered in Shagreen ( animal hide). Otherwise known as sharkskin

Dimensions 8 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £28 GB  
Status SOLD


item reference 5218
Item description

a "bois durcis" folding combination buttonhook & knife in the form of a ladies buttoned shoe, marked HALMA whose origin is German. This style is reasonably common as a folding buttonhook but the addition of a knife blade is more rare.

Dimensions 2 inches overall
Condition deterioration to the "bois durcis" on one side only, mechanically is good with strong spring
Photos
GBP / USD £7 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5217
Item description

a silver and champlevé enamel buttonhook in the Art Deco style. There are no silver distinguishing marks but the shank appears to be stainless steel  indicating it is probably German

Dimensions 6 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £18 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5216
Item description

a silver and champlevé enamel buttonhook in the Art Deco style

Dimensions 5 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £18 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5215
Item description

a silver and champlevé enamel Art Deco buttonhook with floral cartouche by unknown maker. It has a London assay mark but the date & maker's marks are rubbed

Dimensions 5 and 1/4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £25 GB  
Status SOLD


item reference 5214
Item description a magnificent and rare Scrimshaw buttonhook shoehorn combination, The inscription illustrated with an image of the whaler Viking Prince (Whitby) & the name of the sailor Jeremy Hawkes This North Yorkshire town was at the centre of the English whaling industry in the early years of the 19th century. It is not thought the buttonhook with it's associated inscription is contemporary to the active period of English whaling.
Dimensions 10 & a 1/4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £220 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5213
Item description an impressive ivory and silver boot buttonhook & shoehorn combination of unknown origin,  Possibly American from the profile of the steel shank. The entwined silver filigree would appear to be of musical influence
Dimensions 13 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition old repair to the ivory
Photos
GBP / USD £135 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5212
Item description a carved bone buttonhook in the form of a squirrel. There are some scratched letters on each side of the handle but apart from 1915 are undecipherable
Dimensions 5 inches overall
Condition minor shrinkage crack to the bone handle
Photos
GBP / USD £15 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5211
Item description an usual folding glove hook in steel with ivory scales and a secret release mechanism. It is German and marked accordingly BONSA
Dimensions 2 and 1/2 inches closed
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £45 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5210
Item description a carved  Whitby Jet glove hook with steel shank, the face of the buttonhook with a picture of Whitby Abbey
Dimensions 3 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition small repair to the back of the handle near the shank
Photos
GBP / USD £28 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5209
Item description a carved Whitby Jet glove hook and brass shank with the name WHITBY
Dimensions 3 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £28 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5208
Item description a carved  Whitby Jet glove hook with steel shank
Dimensions 3 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £28 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5207
Item description an intricately carved  Whitby Jet glove hook with brass shank
Dimensions 3 and 1/4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £30 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5206
Item description an all-silver one piece Chinese Export silver buttonhook with "shepherds crook " hook end
Dimensions 8 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £45 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5205
Item description a silver & floral enamel buttonhook, believed to be French with 900 silver mark
Dimensions 4 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £35 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5204
Item description a silver and mother of pearl glove hook by George Edward Walton & Co Ltd of 52/4 Hylton Street ,Birmingham. The hallmark is for Birmingham1900
Dimensions 3 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £25 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5203
Item description a banded agate  handled buttonhook with brass shank in bright orange "toffee" coloured  agate
Dimensions 4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £18 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5202
Item description a banded agate handled buttonhook with blue azure handle
Dimensions 3 and 3/4 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £18 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5201
Item description  a late Victorian agate handled buttonhook with silver collar hallmarked Birmingham 1900 
Dimensions 10 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £35 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 5200
Item description a wood handled buttonhook carved in the form of an alligator
Dimensions 5 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original
Photos
GBP / USD £28 GB  
Status SOLD


item reference 3178
Item description

an extra long Victorian BOOT buttonhook with ivory handle and Sterling silver mounts by Richard Martin & Ebenezer Hall, established in Sheffield in 1863 at Shrewsbury Works, Broad Street, Sheffield. It is hallmarked for Sheffield 1887.  Boot buttonhooks of this length were used by ladies to close buttons on Victorian leather boots, also longer to cope with bending in tight corsets which were the fashion of the day!   

Dimensions 18 and 1/4 inches overall
Condition shrinkage crack to the length of the ivory handle and some oxidisation to the plated steel shaft
Photos
GBP / USD £65 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 3176
Item description a Victorian silver and ivory BOOT buttonhook by Deakin & Francis, established in 1882 at 15/17 Regent Street, Birmingham.  The ivory handle is beautifully carved in a rope twist design, reminiscent of a narwhal tusk carved by nature!
The Sterling silver mounts are in original undamaged condition, the cap fully hallmarked for Birmingham 1889
Dimensions 15 and 1/4 inches overall
Condition good original with exception silver plate is oxydising on the shaft
Photos
GBP / USD £56 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 3174
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 & ivory handle with carved Celtic motif 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 almost the longest of all boot buttonhooks at 16 inches overall
Condition shrinkage crack to the ivory handle, otherwise very good original with silver plated shaft
Photos
GBP / USD £75 GB  
Status SOLD


item reference 3173
Item description a Victorian ivory handled boot buttonhook with silver mounts by Richard Martin & Ebenezer Hall, established in Sheffield in 1863 at Shrewsbury Works, Broad Street, Sheffield. It is hallmarked for Sheffield 1887. The steel shaft is silver plated
Dimensions 12 inches overall
Condition shrinkage crack to the ivory handle, otherwise good original
Photos
GBP / USD £38 GB  
Status SOLD


item reference 3170
Item description an ivory handled BOOT buttonhook with silver collar by Wright & Davies, established in 1864 at 144/151 Oxford Street, London.. It is hallmarked for London 1889
Dimensions 11 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition some shrinkage cracks to the ivory, and minor oxidisation to the shaft
Photos
GBP / USD £48 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 3172
Item description a heavy quality ivory handled BOOT buttonhook with hand carved cartouche. The patina to the ivory is particularly good
Dimensions 10 inches overall
Condition minor shrinkage crack otherwise good original
Photos
GBP / USD £38 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 3171
Item description an ivory handled BOOT buttonhook with silver cap & collar by Deakin & Francis, established in 1882 at 15/17 Regent Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked for Birmingham but the date letter is rubbed
Dimensions 12 inches overall
Condition shrinkage crack, otherwise good original
Photos
GBP / USD £38 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 3169
Item description a brass thistle top buttonhook with agate ball in the Scottish style
Dimensions 5 inches overall
Condition distortion to the hook otherwise average to good
Photos
GBP / USD £23 GB  
Status SOLD


item reference 3168
Item description a steel and brass buttonhook with brass lattice handle & ball knops
Dimensions 6 inches overall
Condition some bruising to the ball knop
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GBP / USD £15 GB  
Status SOLD


item reference 2886
Item description a  Chinese Export all-silver buttonhook with applied prunus blossom & foliage. The makers' mark is in Chinese script with Roman letters W?
Dimensions 6 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original
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GBP / USD £45 GB  
Status SOLD


item reference 2885
Item description an all-silver buttonhook from the famous American 'SHIEBLER' a factory for sheer range and beauty of design it excelled in everything it produced .George W Shiebler was acknowledged for his skill and cleverness of the designs and became noted for their medallion work, inspired by the excavations at Pompeii & Herculanaeum.
In addition to the Shiebler "WINGS" the buttonhook  is also marked 4220 STERLING and the Greek word XAPIZ (the letter Z is reversed)
Dimensions 6 and 3/8 inches overall
Condition good original
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GBP / USD £95 GB  
Status SOLD


item reference 2883
Item description an Art Deco silver & guilloche enamel handled buttonhook by Adie Bros, established in 1906 at 45 Frederick Street, Birmingham. It is hallmarked for Birmingham 1936, the only assay year for Edward VIII before he abdicated.
Dimensions 8 inches overall
Condition good original
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GBP / USD £30 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 2864
Item description an American  Nevada "silver" buttonhook with insets of abalone shell. The simple scratch work decoration illustrates a bird on a branch & in flight. Many of this style of buttonhook 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 7 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition good original
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GBP / USD £30 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 2863
Item description an American all-silver buttonhook from unknown maker. The undulating spheres have a simple engraved decoration and similar to the finial. No makers mark but is stamped STERLING 2
Dimensions 7 inches overall
Condition good original
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GBP / USD £28 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 2862
Item description a bog-oak handled buttonhook, generally understood to originate from Ireland. Bog oak was a local industry, carving domestic articles from the generations old  trees recovered from the peat swamps. Some of the more ornate carvings incorporated the Irish harp & shamrock.

Bog-wood represents the early stages in the fossilization of wood, with further stages ultimately forming lignite and coal over a period of many millions of years

Dimensions 8 inches overall
Condition good original
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GBP / USD £15 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 2861
Item description an all steel engraved buttonhook in the form of a stork. It has a registered nr 153242 for 1890
Dimensions 5 inches overall
Condition good original patina
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GBP / USD £28 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference CHINESE EXPORT SILVER
Item description  Chinese Export silver was made in the trading centres of Canton, Shanghai & Hong Kong for Western tourists and expatriate residents in the late 19th & early 20th centuries.  Chinese silver buttonhooks were made by hand, both the handle & shank in silver with elaborate designs hammered out by Chinese craftsmen -  the design often depicting traditional flowers, birds, landscapes or dragons. It is important to note that the Chinese did not use the same standard of silver used in the West so silver content is not something that buyers need to consider. Every item might have a different level of purity but does not affect the value of any particular piece. In recent years the value of this production has increased substantially as the silversmithing, rarity and uniqueness has come to be recognised.
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item reference 2856
Item description a  Chinese Export all-silver buttonhook with applied prunus blossom & foliage. The makers' mark is WH for Wang Hing who worked out of Hong Kong in the late 19th early 20th centuries.
Dimensions 9 and 1/2 inches overall
Condition small amount of bruising where the handle meets the shank, otherwise good original
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GBP / USD £50 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 2855
Item description a  Chinese Export all-silver buttonhook with applied bamboo foliage. The makers' mark is WH for Wang Hing who worked out of Hong Kong in the late 19th early 20th centuries.
Dimensions 9 and 1/4 inches overall
Condition  good original
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GBP / USD £40 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 2854
Item description a  Chinese Export all-silver matching pair of buttonhook & shoehorn with  planished (hammered) handles and incised bamboo foliage. The cartouche is entwined BC. The maker's mark is TUCKCHANG who worked out of Shanghai in the late 19th, early 20th centuries
Dimensions  buttonhook 8 & 3/4 inches overall, weight 145 grams
Condition good original
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GBP / USD £70 pair GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 2853
Item description a  Chinese Export all-silver matching pair of buttonhook & shoehorn with faux bamboo shank & planished (hammered) handles with embossed bamboo foliage. The maker's mark is TUCKCHANG who worked out of Shanghai in the late 19th, early 20th centuries
Dimensions buttonhook 9 inches overall, weight 162 grams
Condition good original
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GBP / USD £70 pair GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 2852
Item description a  Chinese Export all-silver matching pair of buttonhook & shoehorn with planished (hammered) handles surmounted with floral cartouche. Although the photographs do not clearly show the alternate hammered & plain panels, the design would appear to have been influenced by The |Arts & Crafts European movement of the early 20th century. The photo of the handles cartouche clearly shows the evidence of the hand work.
Dimensions buttonhook 9 inches overall, weight 124 grams
Condition good original
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GBP / USD £50 pair GB  
Status SOLD


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