Antique Vegetable Ivory Acorn Thimble Case * Circa 1890 * Dorcas Thimble
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Antique Vegetable Ivory Acorn Thimble Case * Circa 1890 * Dorcas Thimble:
Antique Vegetable Ivory Acorn Thimble Case
English * Circa 1890This antique vegetable ivory thimble case is nicely carved in the form of an acorn. Inside is a sterling silver cased Dorcas thimble in the diamond pattern. It's about an American size 9 (15.5 mm diameter opening) though it's marked an English size 7. It also has the initials CH, for the maker, Charles Horner. The condition is mint with no holes, wear or other damage.
The acorn has a couple of minor edge chips but is in overall nice condition. The patina is lovely and it screws together well. It measures almost 2" long. Some like this are shown on p. 211 of Edwin Holmes' book A History of Thimbles.
Vegetable Ivory comes from the corozo (tagua) nut of a South American palm tree. It has the hardness and texture of ivory and a warm honey color. The little spots and ivory like grain are also natural features of this material.
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