Dating old thimbles

Since thimble making was their main business, not a sideline, Zalkin refers to it as “The Thimble House.” Its thimbles, made until 1932, are noted for their superiority in workmanship and designs. of Philadelphia, Pa., a company that began making thimbles in 1839 and which continues doing so today.

Webster Bros., who made thimbles and other sewing tools in Massachusetts, 1869-1950, sold their thimble dies and designs to Simons Bros. A fouled anchor (an anchor with a tangled rope) is the mark of early thimbles made by Stern Bros. Around 1900, they added an “S” with “B” in the top part, and “C” in the lower.

Many were unused because they didn’t fit or were considered too special for mundane sewing. American companies used similar, but not always identical, systems.

Approximate sizes in the United States: child’s 1-5; small 6-8; medium 9-11 and large 12-14.

After merging with Goldsmith in 1913, the letters were changed to “G” in the top part and “C” in the lower.

Dorcas At the time Charles Horner patented his Dorcas thimble in England (1884), silver thimbles already had steel caps to prevent needle piercing, but had unprotected sides.

An 1860 United States law required gold and silver thimbles to be marked with the maker’s mark.

A marked piece preceding that date is a tremendous find.

In 1832, Ketcham and Mc Dougall was established in New York.Local silversmiths also made gold thimbles in early America. Plain gold American thimbles may be found for as little as , while fancier ones can fetch up to

In 1832, Ketcham and Mc Dougall was established in New York.

Local silversmiths also made gold thimbles in early America. Plain gold American thimbles may be found for as little as $50, while fancier ones can fetch up to $1,000.

Those with jewels or enamel can cost $1,500 or more.

But most were made of more durable materials, such as gold, silver, pewter, and brass.

The majority of silver thimbles during the American colonial period were imported.

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In 1832, Ketcham and Mc Dougall was established in New York.Local silversmiths also made gold thimbles in early America. Plain gold American thimbles may be found for as little as $50, while fancier ones can fetch up to $1,000.Those with jewels or enamel can cost $1,500 or more.But most were made of more durable materials, such as gold, silver, pewter, and brass.The majority of silver thimbles during the American colonial period were imported.

,000.Those with jewels or enamel can cost

In 1832, Ketcham and Mc Dougall was established in New York.

Local silversmiths also made gold thimbles in early America. Plain gold American thimbles may be found for as little as $50, while fancier ones can fetch up to $1,000.

Those with jewels or enamel can cost $1,500 or more.

But most were made of more durable materials, such as gold, silver, pewter, and brass.

The majority of silver thimbles during the American colonial period were imported.

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In 1832, Ketcham and Mc Dougall was established in New York.Local silversmiths also made gold thimbles in early America. Plain gold American thimbles may be found for as little as $50, while fancier ones can fetch up to $1,000.Those with jewels or enamel can cost $1,500 or more.But most were made of more durable materials, such as gold, silver, pewter, and brass.The majority of silver thimbles during the American colonial period were imported.

,500 or more.But most were made of more durable materials, such as gold, silver, pewter, and brass.The majority of silver thimbles during the American colonial period were imported.

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