Corozo Nut Thimble Holder & Charles May Sterling Silver Thimble, London 1893
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Corozo Nut Thimble Holder & Charles May Sterling Silver Thimble, London 1893:
Antique Corozo Nut Thimble Holder & Charles
May Sterling Silver Thimble, Birmingham 1893
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The Thimble Holder: Victorian carved style screw threaded vegetable ivory or corozo nut thimble holder. A variant of the more commonly found acorn style holder in that it has been fashioned with a base at the seed end enabling the holder to stand upright. The screw threads are in fine working order. In excellent condition - free of damage. The cracks you can see inside the nut and on the inside rim of the top are natural characteristics or imperfections in the nut. Some of this occurs as the nut dries. Stands just under 5cm tall. Weighs 17.3 grams (without thimble).
The hand carved corozo (or tagua) nut (also known as vegetable ivory) is the large kernel of the South American palm. It became very popular in the 19th century and was used to make a variety of needlework tools and containers.
The Thimble: Sterling silver thimble by London silversmith Charles May. Plain knurled top over a narrow border and faceted turn over rim. Hallmarked in the border: CM (for Charles May), the lion passant for sterling silver, the date letter Old English lower case "t" for 1893 and the Birmingham Assay Office anchor mark. In excellent condition - in round and free of holes, dents, damage and repairs. Height approx. 2.3 cm; internal base diameter approx. 1.6 cm; weight 4.6 grams.
Charles May: After Charles Horner of Halifax and the Birmingham silver thimble makers (Henry Griffith, James Fenton and James Swann), Charles May was one of the most prolific Victorian silver thimble makers. May was London-based with a workshop in Shoreditch and later in Hackney. He registered his maker's mark at the London assay office and, in February 1876, at the Birmingham assay office.
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