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 size 15 sterling silver thimble. It measures around 18 mm in diameter at the base and stands 20 mm high and weighs 4.4 gram. The thimble is stamped HG&S Sterling Silver 15 Made in England The Spa. The pattern on the upper 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 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 287