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Title Button hook, advertising: Fischer's Shoe Bazaar, 210-212 First St., Hoboken, N.J. N.d., ca. 1903-1915.
Object Name Buttonhook
Catalog Number 2012.007.0038
Collection Hoboken Commerce Collection
Credit Museum Collections. Gift of a Friend of the Museum.
Description Folding button hook: Fischer's Shoe Bazaar, 210-212 First St., Hoboken, N.J. No date, ca. 1903-1915. Stamped and formed metal, with stamped lettering both sides and on hook shaft; case 9/16" high tapering to 3/8" x 5/32" thick with fold-out buttonhook to overall width of 3-3/8". When button hook is folded into case, the hook forms a ring for attachment.

Fischer's was known earlier as H. Fischer & Son, Shoe Bazaar. A promotional or advertising novelty, providing a service to registered customers. The item could be used for shoe or glove buttons which were typical in the era.

Side 1 is lettered as above.

Side 2
lettering starts on the edge thickness:
Snap on your key ring
lettering on side 2 face:
Owners name & this number
registered at [refering to the Fischer store name on the other side.]

The hook shaft has two patent dates on it, a different one on each side.
Side 1: Pat'd Nov. 27. '83
Side 2: Pat'd Apl 14, '03
See notes for details.
Date 1903-1915
Year Range from 1903
Year Range to 1915
Search Terms Fischer's Shoe Bazaar
210 First St.
212 First St.
H. Fischer & Son
Imagefile 120\20120070038.TIF
Notes U.S. Patent 289,212 issued to F.B. Bracking, Nov. 27, 1883; Button and glove hook

U.S. Patent 725, 166 issued to John L. Somer, Newark, N.J., April 14, 1903: Button-hook
Classification Fashion
Domestic Life
Business & Commerce