These short metal caps have protected needlewomen’s fingers since Roman times, when thimbles were cast in bronze. Steel thimbles were common in the 1700´s and 1800´s, and many were made of silver, although few are hallmarked. Thimbles have been produced in a variety of different materials including porcelain, enamel, ivory, bone, hardwood, mother of pearl, glass and bakelite.
This is a size 8 sterling silver thimble. It measures around 15 mm in diameter at the base and stands 20 mm high and weighs 4.7 gram.
There is a full British hallmark from the Birmingham assay office with the assay mark for sterling silver, the date letter for 1960 and the maker mark JS&S. The pattern on the body of the thimble extends over the top. The lack of holes and general condition suggests this thimble has never been used for sewing and darning but probably displayed as an ornament.
Thimbles are a much sort after item for the avid collector, and this thimble is ready to start or join an existing collection.
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SKU S 285