A substantial Victorian era BUTTON HOOK used fro closing buttons on shoes, boots, gloves, corsets, &c....  Dating to around 1870s-'80s. 

SIGNED with an "M" stamp in a diamond, and "STERLING" with number "28."

Button hook measures 7-1/2 inches long overall.  Shaft & hook are steel.  Very hefty seemingly sold not weighted sterling handle measures 4-5/8 inches long and is decorated with Aesthetic style etching.  Also has engraved with and exceptionally flourished monogram -- possible "FV."

Wear and light scratches commensurate with age.