The Buttonhook Society
Welcome to the homepage of the Buttonhook Society, and The Boutonneur.
This site contains information about collecting buttonhooks, and their history. These Victorian era tools were designed to help pull buttons through stiff leather on shoes and boots, or to fasten buttons on garments. Most found today date from the 1880s to the 1930s, but an early reference to this useful tool dates back to 1611.
Buttonhooks appear in many shapes and sizes, and materials utilised range from steel to gold, and from early plastic to inlaid gems. Buttonhooks are wonderful collectible items and are collected worldwide. Check the menu panel at the left of each page for a selection of articles and photographs.
The Buttonhook Society’s Annual Weekend
Radstock 10—12th June 2022

We are optimistic that our postponed plans for 2020 may come to fruition in 2022 at Radstock, Somerset.
Here there is a small but very interesting museum designed to record the history of the Somerset Coalfield. It is of general interest too and can offer us a temporary exhibition for four months.
Our annual weekend together will be in the Centurion Hotel in the nearby small town, Midsummer Norton. On Friday evening we will have an informal buffet in the pleasant lounge of the hotel. An ex miner will join us and talk about the Somerset Coalfield and introduce us to the museum. We will visit the museum on the Saturday morning and meet in a private room in the hotel on Saturday afternoon. Dinner will be in the same room in the evening.
For any who can stay a little longer, Harry & I invite you to our home for a sandwich lunch on Sunday.
Rooms are being held in the hotel for short time and I do urge you to make a booking as soon as possible. It is a few miles from Bath and there is very little alternative accommodation nearby. Just check that is a flexible booking and ask when payment will be taken.
Best Western Plus Centurion Hotel, Midsummer Norton (with a golf course) Telephone 03330 034089
Dinner, bed and breakfast £85 per person per night, double occupancy room. Single £112 per night.
Don’t forget to mention The Buttonhook Society.
Reproductions, conversions & fakes
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