Ancient & antique silver and gold thimbles

Victorian Sterling Silver Anglo-Indian Thimble, ca. 1890

Victorian sterling silver Anglo-Indian thimble from the time of the British Raj and made for the British market, ca. 1880-1900.

Not marked but tests as sterling.

Body decorated with repoussé work flowers and scrolls over a border of leaves. Beaded rim. Crown chased with a cross hatched pattern.

In original condition – not perfectly round but free of holes, dents and damage.

Looks quite naïvely made and charmingly ‘wonky’!

Height approx. 2.3 cm; internal base diameter 1.5 cm; weighs 4.8 grams.

Victorian Sterling Silver Forget-Me-Not
Keepsake Thimble, ca. 1850


Mid 19th century sterling silver ‘Forget-Me-Not’ keepsake thimble.

Plain knurled top over a stylised half leaf border, prick dot vacant cartouche and linear bands with the lettering FORGET ME NOT in relief on a reeded background. Faceted turn over rim.

There are no identifying marks (silver thimbles were not commonly hallmarked until the 1880s) though tests sterling silver.

A couple of needle scratches though otherwise in excellent condition – in round and free of holes, dents, damage and repairs.

Height approx. 2.5 cm; base diameter approx. 1.5 cm; weight 3 grams.

American Silver thimbles 1900′

2 Antique Sterling Silver Thimbles


 American * Circa 1880-90s


One of these sterling silver thimbles is made by Ketcham & McDougall.
Their logo is stamped inside the top along with ‘Sterling’.
The size (10) is on the band.
Thimbles with this band are shown on p. 70 (plate 39) of Gay Ann Rogers’ book American Silver Thimbles and she calls it ‘engraved band with abstract flowers’.
The condition is excellent, crisp and in round with no holes or other damage.

The second thimble was made by Stern Bros. and has a scrolling design with a beaded rim.

It is a size 9 and has the Stern Bros.
‘S’ logo inside the top and their anchor mark on the band.
It is also in excellent condition with no holes or damage.
Neither thimble has personalization.