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Button Hooks






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JEWEL CHAT

Costume Jewelry Magazine


The Victorians had beautifully fashioned implements for
every need. Their toiletry sets came in sterling, ebony, ivory and celluloid and
they were decorative as well as useful.

Many of their wonderful items would be useable today, but one tool
for which we would have little use it the button hook.

In spite of that fact, many collectors find them irresistible, with their
elaborate handles and design.
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Button Hooks




CATALOGUE Daniel Low &
Co 1901
Showing "Floral Toilet Sets" in sterling, including mirrors, brushes, combs, nail files
and button hooks priced from $1.00 to $10.75 each.

Lovely lady wearing elbow length gloves.

CATALOGUE Daniel Low & Co
1901
Showing "Ebony Toilet Articles with Silver Mountings"




STERLING matched vanity set
including 5" scraper, 7-1/3" button hook, 6-3/4" file and 7" brush,
circa 1890. View

TWISTED sterling
handled steel blade set of button hook and shoe horn in red leatherette
case, each 6-3/4". (Missing from the set is a matching glove hook.) Circa
1920. View
Handles
Hallmarks


Hooks were sold in sizes appropriate for both glove and
shoe buttons. In the early 1880s a sewing machine used to attach buttons
to high top shoes was invented. Shoe buttons themselves were usually
made of fiber or glass.

When World War I made leather scarce, high top shoes went out of fashion
taking button hooks along with them.


HOOKS 6-3/4" button hook and
2-1/2" glove hook

For more information about the inventor and manufacturer
of buttons,
CLICK
HERE

GLOVE HOOK sterling handled with
ornate design, 2-1/2".


Both glove and shoe button hooks were used in the
same manner, and both require a bit of coordination to use.

Ladies kid gloves fit snuggly, and came in wrist, elbow and full length.
Each length was appropriate for a particular outfit and event.


GLOVE hook with ladies kid glove.
View

GLOVE hook with
ladies kid glove.




CATALOGUE
Unger Brothers 1904. View

UNGER Brothers catalogue, 1904,
showing their selection of button hooks.

CATALOGUE Daniel Low & Co 1901
"Floral Toilet Sets", including mirrors, brushes, combs, nail files and
button hooks priced from $10.75 to 1.00 each.









STERLING
handled button hook with purple rhinestone tip, 6".
View
View #a51009

STERLING aesthetic pocket knife
style double glove and button hook, 2-1/3" closed, 4" open.
View #51010

STERLING floral
handled button hook, 6-1/2".
View #a51008




CATALOGUE Daniel Low & Co 1901
Showing several styles of button and glove hooks.

CATALOGUE Daniel
Low & Co 1901
Showing several styles of button and glove hooks.

SET Unger Brothers
1904




HOOKS, top to bottom:
plastic handle, 5-1/4"
celluloid handle, 6-1/2"
celluloid handle, marked "La Reine", 7-1/2"
celluloid handle, 6-1/3"
plastic handle with gold design, 7"
with plastic handle marked "Acwalite", 8-1/4"

HOOKS
All circa 1920

HANDLES
CLOSER VIEW




HOOK for shoe buttons with black plastic handle,
7-1/4".

HOOK for gloves with laminated handle,
3-3/4".
Closer View

HOOK
black plastic handle, 7-1/4"
with laminated handle, 3-3/4"




HOOK with plastic handle marked "Acwalite",
8-1/4".

ADVERTISING shoe button hooks, , top to bottom
"Hammersmiths- Galveston- Houston", 5-1/8"
"Givens Bros Shoe Co, 16 stores"
"John Wanamaker, New York", 5-1/3"

HOOK plastic handle
with gold design, 7".




ADVERTISING "John Wanamaker, New
York", 5-1/3".

ADVERTISING "Givens Bros
Shoe Co, 16 stores".

ADVERTISING
"Hammersmiths- Galveston- Houston", 5-1/8".


BOND STREET spats advertising
button hook. #a50678