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Object ID 000469

Object Name Shoe button hook

Object Desc Button hook for shoes. Metal hook with black handle that has silver detail.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY000447

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General Category History

Category Shoes


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Augusta Hart Shoestore Exhibit

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Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords shoes,button hook,footwear,

Title Shoe Buttonhook

Description A buttonhook is a tool used to facilitate the closing of shoes, gloves or other apparel that uses buttons as fasteners. It consists of a steel hook fixed to a handle which may be simple or decorative as part of a dresser set or chatelaine. Sometimes they were given away as promotions with product advertising on the handle. To use, the hook end is inserted through the buttonhole to capture the button by the shank and draw it through the opening. Although almost unknown now the buttonhook back in the 1890s it was a common household tool. The earliest known reference to the buttonhook was in 1611.The buttonhook was generally the size of a fork although it ranged in size from less than an inch to around 2 feet in length. Most were used for shoe buttons, spats and gaiters. buttonhooks were in existence through the 17th and 18th centuries among the upper classes, buttonhooks prior to the industrial revolution are rarely found today.Buttonhooks can usually be dated between 1880-1915.


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Height 7.5

Length 0

Width 0.5

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

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Quantity 1



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Image Caption CMY447



Date MAR 1,2013

Summary Good

Assessor Katie Wells

Notes some white smudges. overall good condition. no scratches.