A collector’s item
This is a genuine Victorian silver-handled button hook.
The hallmarks seem to indicate it was made in Chester (we could be wrong!) but were unable to decipher the date letter which appears to be in very fancy gothic script. From the style of it we guess around 1870. We are knowledgeable folks but don’t claim infallibility.
We have also found the letters HC + WN – presumably the maker’s mark.
This is a nice solid object in good (but not perfect) condition – there is a very small bash on one side at the end.
Length 5¼ inches