Corozo Nut Thimble Holder & Samuel Foskett Sterling Silver Thimble, London 1898
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Corozo Nut Thimble Holder & Samuel Foskett Sterling Silver Thimble, London 1898 :
Antique Corozo Nut Thimble Holder & Samuel
Foskett Sterling Silver Thimble, London 1898
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The Thimble Holder: Victorian carved acorn style screw threaded vegetable ivory or corozo nut thimble holder. Nice dark patina. The screw threads are in good working order. In excellent condition - free of damage. The cracking you can see inside the nut is a natural characteristic which occurs as the nut dries out. Just under 4.5 cm from end to end. Weighs 21.7 grams (without thimble).
The Thimble: Sturdy Victorian sterling silver thimble with plain knurled top over a plain hallmarked border and decoratively chased turn over rim. Hallmarked in the border: 7 (the size), SF (for Samuel Foskett), the lion passant for sterling silver, the London Assay Office Leopard's Head mark, the date letter lower case "c" for 1898. The thimble is in round and free of holes, dents, damage and repairs though has some wear from use. Height approx. 2.6 cm; internal base diameter approx 1.7 cm; weight 7.1 grams.
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.
T H E F O S K E T T S
A FAMILY OF THIMBLE MAKERS
The Fosketts were London-based thimble makers in Victorian England. In his Thimble Collector's Encyclopaedia John Von Hoelle describes them as "English silversmiths known to have made thimbles in London from 1865-1912".
Henry Foskett was born in Iver, Buckinghamshire and baptised in April 1812. He was the son of Samuel and Mary Foskett. In 1862 Henry began working with existing thimble makers (T. Hastings) who had been thimble makers since the early 1820s. They were based in Great Sutton Street in Clerkenwell, London. In April 1864, Henry Foskett registered his mark with the London assay office. He married Eliza Ellen and in 1871 they resided at 31 Sutton Street, Clerkenwell in London with their nephew, Samuel Foskett. Henry Foskett died in December 1885.
Innovative thimble maker Samuel Foskett was born in Limehouse, London in 1848 and was the son of John Foskett and Sarah Scott, and nephew of thimble maker Henry Foskett. He married Elizabeth in 1871. In 1881 he lived with his wife and three children at 45 Essex Street, Islington and still resided there in 1901. His eldest son, Samuel William Foskett, became a silversmith and his second son, Henry James Foskett, followed in his father's footsteps and became a thimble maker. Samuel Foskett succeeded his uncle Henry in the business in 1886 and he registered his mark at the London assay office in September of that year. He later registered his mark with the Birmingham and Chester assay offices. Samuel registered a design for a thimble (RD 265923) on 19 November 1895 and was also instrumental in the design of the Trueform finger-shaped thimble (Patent Number 19157). Some of his thimbles around 1905/06 bear this number.
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