Antique French Silver Fable Thimble * The Raven & The Fox * Circa 1900 For Sale
Silver Raven & Fox Fable
* Circa 1900
classic French thimble
was made at the turn of the century and
represents the La Fontaine fable of Le Corbeau et le Renard
(The Raven and the Fox). The back has a holly and berry design. It is
stamped with the French boar's head silver hallmark used for 800/1000
It's about an American size 8 (15 mm diameter opening).
The condition is excellent, crisp and in round with no holes, dents,
damage.It is shown
p. 26 of Beryl
Thimbles of France with Waffled Knurling.
* The Fable: Mister
Raven was perched on a tree holding a cheese in his beak.
Mister Fox, enticed by the smell, said "Oh! Good morning, Mr. Raven.
How pretty you are! How beautiful you seem to me!
In truth, if your song is like your plumage, you are the phoenix of the
hosts of this wood."
At these words the raven becomes overjoyed. To show off his beautiful
voice, he opens his beak wide and lets his cheese fall.
The fox grabs it and says "My dear man, learn that every flatterer
lives at the expense of the one who listens to him.
No doubt, that lesson is easily worth a cheese."
The raven, ashamed and confused, swore that he would never be taken in
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Antique French Silver Fable Thimble * The Raven & The Fox * Circa 1900: $182