Antique Vegetable Ivory Acorn Thimble Case* 1895 English Sterling Silver Thimble For Sale
Vegetable Ivory Acorn Thimble Case
* 1895 Sterling Silver Thimble
antique vegetable ivory thimble case is nicely carved in
form of an acorn.
Inside is a sterling silver thimble with a hand engraved ivy pattern on
the wide band.
It has the English silver hallmarks for Chester 1895 and the maker's
mark for Henry Griffith & Sons. It's
size 9 (16 mm diameter opening) though it's marked an English size 16.
There are two needle holes in the top
but the overall condition is good with no other damage.
The acorn has a small chip in the top finial but no other damage. The
patina is lovely and it screws
together well. It
measures almost 1 3/4" long. Some like this are shown on p. 211 of
A History of
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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