Button hook

identifier

ID 666

morphology

craft

craft

holotype

MOT V 82.0088 L=10,5cm WD=2cm WT=6gr

holotype

MOT V 88.1343 L=13cm WD=2cm WT=24gr

holotype

MOT V 2002.0165 L=10,5cm WD=2cm WT=5gr

holotype

MOT V 2003.0035 L=30,5cm WD=4,5cm WT=110gr

holotype

MOT V 2003.0273 L=6cm WD=2,5cm WT=11,5gr

holotype

MOT V 2003.0769 L=19,5cm WD=1,5cm WT=30,5gr. Inscription: RS.

holotype

MOT V 2007.0154 L=12cm WD=2,5cm H=0,3cm WT=10gr. Inscription: A LA BOTTINE . ROYALE 4 RUE DE L'EVÊQUE . BRUXELLES.

holotype

MOT V 2007.0257 L=7cm D=0,7cm WT=4gr. Inscription: haakje.
description

The button hook is a small (approx. 10 cm) iron hook - often with a (decorated) iron, wooden, bone or ivory handle - with which the ladies' boots used to be tied (1). There is also a model with two hooks of different sizes. Another model is foldable.

Sometimes the button hook is fitted with a shoehorn at the other end.

See also pocket knife. [MOT]

(1) The button hook was sometimes used as a hook for eviscerating poultry (PETITPRERE: 2131). See further the folding hunting knife.

EMMET: 187 states that the button hook was used for gloves.