Buttonhooks and Shoehorns (Paperback)

By Sue Brandon

Shire, 9780852636961, 32pp.

Publication Date: September 23, 2008



The everyday need for a buttonhook began in the early 19th century when it was used, as an accessory to masculine fashion, to fasten stiff leather button-boots. By the 1880s lines of buttons had become fashionable on ladies gloves, clothing and footwear, and the development of the feminine market encouraged the production of 'fashion buttonhooks' in the wide variety of sizes, shapes and materials that are described in this book, and which can still be found by collectors today. Shoehorns were frequently produced as companions to buttonhooks, but although the latter had fallen into disuse by the 1940s, shoehorns still exist in most shoe shops and some homes to facilitate the slipping on of footware. A 'schoying horne' was first mentioned in the 15th century and the imagination exercised around the well-known basic shape has resulted in the variety so interesting to the present-day collector.

About the Author

Sue Brandon and her husband have been collecting buttonhooks since 1972. From the beginning they collected every type of buttonhook and this has resulted in a comprehensive collection, which now extends to other associated items such as shoehorns. Mrs Brandon is a member of the Buttonhook Society.