Silver Thimbles

Silver Thimbles. Thimbles are usually made from metal, leather, rubber, and wood, and even glass or china. Early thimbles were sometimes made from whale bone, horn, or ivory. Natural sources were also utilized such as Connemara marble, bog oak, or mother of pearl. Rarer works from thimble makers utilized diamonds, sapphires, or rubies.

Advanced thimble makers enhanced thimbles with semi-precious stones to adorn the apex or along the outer rim. Cabochon adornments are sometimes made of cinnabar, agate, moonstone, or amber. Thimble artists would also utilize enameling, or the Guilloché techniques advanced by Peter Carl Fabergé.

In the 19th century, many thimbles were made from silver; however, it was found that silver is too soft a metal and can be easily punctured by most needles.

Charles Horner solved the problem by creating thimbles consisting of a steel core covered inside and out by silver, so that they retained their aesthetics but were now more practical and durable. He called his thimble the Dorcas, and these are now popular with collectors. There is a small display of his work in Bankfield Museum, Halifax, England. Reference:  Wikipedia

Below are some examples of silver thimbles which have been used throughout history.

Antique Sterling Silver Thimble NICE FLORAL BORDER! Ketcham McDougall

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Lot Of Four Sterling Silver Thimbles

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STERLING SILVER LOVELY VINTAGE THIMBLE

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ANTIQUE KETCHAM MCDOUGALL STERLING SILVER THIMBLE~ SIZE 7~FANCY

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Antique silver thimble case and thimble.

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STERLING SILVER Size 9 Thimble With Anchor

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ANTIQUE STERN GOLDSMITH STERLING SILVER SZ 12 THIMBLE (HOLES)

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Vintage Sterling Silver Thimble with Floral Designs

$15.00
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Vintage Sterling Silver Intricate Ornate Border Sewing THIMBLE / SIZE 8 / NICE!

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Antique 1890-1908 Stern Bros & Co Fouled Anchor Sterling 10 Panel Thimble, Sz 8

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STERLING SILVER THIMBLE MARKED STAR #8

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Vintage Antique TAILORS Thimble #11 OPEN TOP

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