Antique Stone Topped Silver Thimble
Scandinavian * Circa 1900
This elegant solid silver thimble has a rolled rim and smooth sides engraved with grapes and foliage. The front has a raised shield cartouche (not personalized). It is topped with an amethyst stone and the side is stamped with hallmarks for 830/1000 pure silver.
The condition is excellent with no holes, dents or repairs and the stone is perfect. It is about an American size 9 (15.5 mm diameter opening).
Price: 149 Euro
2 Antique Sterling Silver Thimbles
American * Circa 1880-90s
Price: 149 Euro
Antique Solid 9 Kt Gold Child’s Thimble
English * Circa 1900s
This sweet little antique gold thimble is English and is solid 9 Ct gold. The sides have a basketweave style design and it has a rolled and engraved rim. The top is stamped “9 Ct – H & CO” (probably Heasman & Co in London).
The condition is excellent, in round with no holes, dents or repairs. It’s about an American child’s size 2 (11.5 mm diameter opening) and is nice and solid for its size (weighs 2.4 grams).
Price: 199 Euro
Antique Sterling Silver Finger Guard / Thimble
English * Circa 1870
This solid sterling silver (tested) finger guard or shield was worn on the index finger of the left hand and used to deflect the needle’s point as it was pushed through the fabric being stitched.
A regular thimble was used on the right hand.
It has all over ribbing. English silversmiths didn’t mark small items (and have to pay duty on them) until required to by law in the 1880s.
It’s in excellent condition with no holes, dents or wear and is about an American size 8 (15 mm diameter opening).
Some finger guards of this style are shown on p. 82 of Bridget McConnel’s book The Story of the Thimble and on p. 119 of Edwin Holmes’ Thimbles.