Beautiful vintage Victorian and Edwardian era boot button hook with black ebony handle and ornamental steel shaft. Rare antique collectible shoe accessory ready to be shipped across North America. Contact us for international shipping.
A buttonhook is a tool used to facilitate the closing of shoes, gloves or other apparel that uses buttons as fasteners. To use, the hook end is inserted through the buttonhole to capture the button by the shank and draw it through the opening.
Victorian and Edwardian society preferred ladies and gentlemen to wear gloves and all boots and shoes had lots of button fastenings. The kid gloves and other soft leather gloves of the time would need to be cleaned and re-shaped and it helped for them to be opened a little to allow the wearer to squeeze their fingers into the glove. Both of these dressing room tools measure approximately 8 inches in length and are in excellent condition. The handle of the button hook is marked with the words ‘Real Ebony’ to show it is the favoured hardwood and not just ‘ebonised’ a painted lesser quality wood.