This would make a beautiful adornment for a dressing table and a collectable keepsake for the bride's 'something old' or a 'thank you' for a bridesmaid with an eye for antique treasures! This is a silver button hook and Victorian and Edwardian ladies would not be without them as an aid to dressing and particularly fastening boot buttons when wearing stiff corsets which made bending rather difficult! Button hooks were also used for buttons on corsets themselves and then finally for fastening long gloves before going out.
- The handle of this button hook is hallmarked silver Birmingham 1915 by Gourdel, Vales & Co. Hallmarks are evident on both sides of the handle. These silversmiths were first established in Paris in 1820, trading as Gourdel, Vales & Co Limited right up until 1939
- The silver is in good condition, bright and shows the design well. There is one small piece missing from the base rim of the silver and one dink directly up from that, signs that this hook has lived and been loved!
- The hook is probably made of steel and is in reasonable condition. It shows signs of wear through scratching and tarnishing on the metal surface
- The silver handle measures just over 2.5ins x 0.75ins at the widest point. The handle is approx. 1cm deep at the deepest point. The hook itself is just under 4ins long
This would be a novel and different gift for the bride or bridesmaid who appreciates costume history and antiques as well as a pretty keepsake from the special day!