Button hooks have been used for centuries but this post addresses those most often seen in the latter part of the 19th century and early 20th century.
These tools were used for buttons on boots, gloves, or clothing.
A variety of materials were used for the handles to include silver, porcelain, celluloid, or wood.
Some had advertisements stamped into the handles while silver handles might have initials engraved. Still other styles included duel hooks for both boots and gloves.
Emma would have used tools similar to these when buttoning her boots or gloves.