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wessex96

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iconnumber posted 11-13-2016 04:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for wessex96     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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For those of you with an interest in these rather lowly silver items, you can find on the web site of the Buttonhook Society a listing of Gorham button hooks that I have been putting together, on and off, over the years. It is at: Buttonhook Society a listing of Gorham button hooks

(It is a part of the society’s overall ‘Compendium’ of button hooks.)
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agphile

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iconnumber posted 11-13-2016 04:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for agphile     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Fascinating to see just how much variety there was. Thank you.

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dragonflywink

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Wonderful, Ian! Nice to see that your interest in Gorham continues...

~Cheryl

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seaduck

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iconnumber posted 11-13-2016 09:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for seaduck     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
They are beautiful........but surely I can't be the only ignorant person here? OK, maybe I am. I hope you will indulge me: How were they used?

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ahwt

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iconnumber posted 11-13-2016 09:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you do a search of "button hooks how do they work" a short video of how they work on a shirt will pop up. I think in the 1800s they were used on shoe buttons, but they are still on sale for whatever buttons one has.
I think the current ones are for the most part purely functional without the interesting and unique designs shown Buttonhook's Society book.
Thanks for sharing the results of your research as that is really amazing how many different designs there were from just one company.

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wessex96

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iconnumber posted 11-14-2016 05:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for wessex96     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For those of you not familiar with button hooks, they were used originally to button up the stiff leather items of clothing worn by many people going back at least to the 17th century. They continued to be used typically for buttoning leather boots for those for example in the military, and people working on the land, etc. They were also used for spats and, in a slightly altered design, for men's removable collars. By the end of the 19th century, most households would have had one or more button hooks.

As fashionable button boots became widespread in Victorian and Edwardian times, a wide variety of fancy and intricate designs in precious metals were produced by many manufacturers, including silversmiths. The more attractive ones would adorn ladies' dressing tables, often as an item within a toilet set. Smaller 'glove hooks' were made for ladies to cope with the rows of tiny buttons that often extended up the long gloves used at that time.

You simply pushed the hook end through the button hole, hooked it around the button and with a quick twist of the wrist you could manoeuvre the button through the hole.

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wessex96

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iconnumber posted 11-14-2016 05:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for wessex96     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Further to my previous posting, there is much information on antique button hooks, silver or otherwise, at: The Buttonhook Society

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wessex96

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iconnumber posted 12-01-2016 07:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for wessex96     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks all for your kind remarks.

I have tried to list the hooks in chronological order of manufacture. This was quite tricky – especially those with the later styles of Gorham production codes. If any of you have any comments on this (or if you have a Gorham button hook not included in the listing) please let me know!

Ian

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