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    Posted 5 years ago

    martika
    (149 items)

    This silver button hook was a Christmas present from my husband three years ago. The hook part is from steel, only the handle is silver. It is hallmarked from both sides, I included close ups about the hallmarks. According to marks it was made in Birmingham in 1800s. I'm not sure about the date letter.
    I don't know much about silver marks, but I have an inkling it's a counterfeit. It might be only my imagination. My hubby admitted he paid little for it when he won the hook by bidding on ebay.
    I appreciate any thought about it, thank you in advance!!!

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    Comments

    1. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 5 years ago
      Not a crochet hook - it's a hook used to button up women's shoes in Victorian and Edwardian times.
    2. Celiene Celiene, 5 years ago
      I do believe that is a buttonhook.
    3. martika martika, 5 years ago
      Thank you, Bonnie, I always thought how strange looking crochet hook it is. Your explanation seems much more plausible.
      Thank you and Melanie for your love click!!!
    4. Celiene Celiene, 5 years ago
      LOl - Efesgirl beat me! I need to refresh my screen more often! Probably why your hubs got a good deal, someone put in the wrong category!
    5. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 5 years ago
      This tool was used to button up shoes and also to button up gloves.
    6. martika martika, 5 years ago
      Thank you Celiene :)
    7. Celiene Celiene, 5 years ago
      Everytime I see a button hook, I always think of the movie "Sybil"...
    8. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 5 years ago
      @Celiene: :-)))))))))))))))
    9. martika martika, 5 years ago
      Thank you girls xxx :)))
    10. pops52 pops52, 5 years ago
      1901?

      http://www.silvercollection.eu/englishsilverhallmarks.html
    11. martika martika, 5 years ago
      Thank you pops for the great link. You checked the London hallmarks, the hook was made in Birmingham. Looking at the Birmingham marks the most possible date is 1905.
    12. pops52 pops52, 5 years ago
      Sorry! A very nice antique though!
    13. martika martika, 5 years ago
      Don't say sorry!!! You provided a best link for hallmarks!
    14. SEAN68 SEAN68, 5 years ago
      STUNNING :)
    15. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      This is really great!! Can you image if we still had to go thru that shoe buttoning everyday?
    16. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      I love these.....and it was a great Christmas present!!!!
    17. martika martika, 5 years ago
      Thank you Sean, Jscott0363, TassieDevil and everybody for your nice comments, loving it and stopping by xxx
      @Scott - I can't imagine how the ladies used a toilet with their complicated dresses!!!
      @TassieDevil - yes, hubby knows what I like!!!
    18. Bettyb00 Bettyb00, 5 years ago
      Wow! I love love this!!
    19. martika martika, 5 years ago
      Thank you Betty for your nice comment :)

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