These short metal caps have protected needlewomen’s fingers since Roman times, when thimbles were cast in bronze. Steel thimbles were common in the 18th and 19th centuries, 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 sterling silver thimble. It measures around 20 mm in diameter at the base and stands 20 mm high and weighs 2.8 gram. There is a full British hallmark from the Birmingham assay office with the assay mark for sterling silver, the date letter for 1989 and the maker mark B&Co. The body of the thimble is plain with a patterned top. The lack of holes and general condition suggests this thimble has not been used very much for sewing and darning.
Thimbles are a very 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 286