M. FORD CREECH ANTIQUES & FINE ARTS
FIVE SILVER THIMBLES
Dating c1620 to c1780 / Three With Maker's Marks
It is said that "Tom Thumb" wore a thimble for his hat :
"A taylor's needle was his sword.
His headpiece was a thimble.
And when he fought, upon my word,
He made the Giants tremble."
And by strange coincidence, the word
comes from the
"olde English" (Anglo-Saxon) word
"thymel", meaning ..."thumb stall".
For our short story about "THIMBLES", please click HERE, or the image below :
ABOVE, LEFT to RIGHT :
JAMES I SILVER THIMBLE,
John Saunders, London, c1620
Maker's Mark I (overlapping) S Within a Shield
The long slender tapering and seamed body with checkered indentations,
the lower border scratch-engraved with the legend
'LOVE GOD', and the initials 'AB'
The mark shown in Jacksons, p. 109, as shown on three spoons.
Condition : Very good for age; opening out of round; wear appropriate to age and usage;
without holes or splits to the silver
1-1/8" High x 5/8" Wide / .1oz.
SOLD / #7636b
CHARLES I SILVER THIMBLE
Maker's mark L.I, a flower below
The short seamed rounded body with dimpled impressions
over a lower border centering a cartouche with two chased hearts
engraved with the initials "M" and "H",
supported to the outside by kneeling angels or cherubs and above a row of beading;
the reverse with a row of hearts (?) over foliate ovals (possibly fruit forms) and further beading
The mark shown in Jackson's, p.117, as appearing on a wine cup with baluster stem.
Condition : Good to excellent with dents and scratches appropriate to age and usage
3/4" High x 5/8" Wide / .2oz.
SOLD / #7636
DUTCH SILVER OPEN-TOP THIMBLE,
Late 17th / Early 18th Century, The Netherlands, Silver Unmarked
The top above a dimpled impressed body and lower border.
cast with a series of otters (shown on the left)
being chased by "lymers" (hounds, shown to the right)
(In the 17th century (1600s), otters were considered pests.
as they consumed fish that people needed for food.
Thus hunters trained hounds called lymers (or limers) to
follow the otter's scent until the animal was found -
but remain absolutely quiet until the hunters arrived.)
Condition : Animal impressions rubbed, but can be discerned;
otherwise quite good
5/8" High x 3/4" Wide / .1 oz.
SOLD / #7670
EARLY GEORGIAN SILVER THIMBLE
Maker's Mark : SB within a heart above a mullet
The mark untraced; thimble dated by form, and the style of mark within that period.
The long slender tapering and seamed body with domed top and shallow dimpled indentations,
above a wide plain border with small round dots to either side
Condition : Excellent, with only minor wear
1-1/8" High x 5/8" Wide / .1oz.
SOLD / #7637
GEORGE III SILVER THIMBLE
England, c1770-80 / The Silver Unmarked
The tapering body and top with dimpled impressions,
above a solid band with reeded borders,
the front engraved with a rectangle centering the owner's initials AK,
the reverse continuing with bright cut leaves within wrigglework
Condition : Excellent with very little minor scratches appropriate to age and use
7/8" High x 5/8" Wide / .1oz.
SOLD / #7671
An Exceptional George III South Staffordshire Thimble,
now illustrated in "18th Century English Enamel Thimbles", Magdalena & William Isbister :
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