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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 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
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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
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GBP / USD £135 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
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GBP / USD £45 GB  
Status SOLD


item reference 3178
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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
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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
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GBP / USD £56 GB  
Status SOLD

item reference 3174
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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