Dating tiffany silver marks
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.
19th-century English and American thimbles had a dome cap, but the English were taller in proportion. Most French thimbles had waffle indentation patterns along sides. Norwegian tend to be smooth sided, with indentations only on the cap.
American thimbles are known for scenic decorations, especially of farms and waterfronts. The French favored highly elaborate gold thimbles embellished with enamel or semi-precious stones, while the Norwegians were often enameled over guilloche.
In 1832, Ketcham and Mc Dougall was established in New York.
Thimbles for children were often sold in sets of three graduating sizes.