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To use, the hook end is inserted through the buttonhole to capture the button by the shank and draw it through the opening.
Although the buttonhook may have been known earlier, it is ascribed to Elias Howe, who patented the idea back in 1851, but never commercialised it. Whitcomb Judson, over 40 year later took a similar the idea to the market. His patent was called "Clasp Locker" and was originally thought for shoes. As the hooks could be made of various materials, they quickly spread among all social classes.
Buttonhooks on display in Bedford Museum
Trench art buttonhooks
- Silverdale Buttonhooks
- 2013 Exhibition of Buttonhooks, Buxton Museum & Art Gallery, Buxton, Derbyshire, U.K.
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