Rare Solid Silver Thimble Commemorating Coronation Of Queen Elizabeth Ii 1953 For Sale
RARE, SOLID SILVER DECORATIVE THIMBLE – IN COMMEMORATION OF THE CORONATION OF QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1953
A beautiful and highly decorative thimble made of solid silver to commemorate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II on June 2nd 1953 in Westminster Abbey.
The lower half of the thimble has been attractively embossed with scenes in relief of the procession of the Queen’s entourage on the day of the Coronation. This shows the Queen’s carriage being drawn by four horses between an image of Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey. An angel or cherub blows a triumphant trumpet blast above the horses.
In the middle are the letters ‘ERII’ with the year 1953 below, surrounded by the four floral symbols of the British Isles: the English rose; the Scottish thistle; the Welsh daffodil and the Irish shamrock. Please view the photos to see the exact details of this lovely, unusual decoration.
The thimble was made by James Swann & Son of Hylton Street, Birmingham. James Swann was one of the four big English silver thimble makers. The others were: Charles Horner; James Fenton and Henry Griffith. It became James Swann & Son in 1922. Most recently, it was owned by Ray Coggle until it closed in April 2005. It was the last of the Victorian silver thimble makers surviving. So, there will be no more new silver thimbles made by JS&S, making this thimble even more collectable.
The base of the thimble carries the clear hallmarks of solid silver English silver from the Birmingham Assay Office. These are: the letters JS&S for James Swann and Son; the anchor mark to show that the silver was assayed in Birmingham; the lion passant denoting solid English silver; the letter “D” in a square for the year 1953. These are followed by an image of the Queen’s head - which is a Special Mark used here as it is to commemorate a significant national event. And they are preceded by the number ‘4’ which indicates the size or gaugeof the thimble.
The lovely piece stands at just under 1 inch (2.5cm) in height and 0.75 inches (2cm) in diameter. It weighs approximately 8g. The condition is excellent – there are no holes, dents or splits and the base is circular. There are very minor, fine scratches to the lowest part but these are barely noticeable and only commensurate with age.
A beautifully detailed, stunning piece that is an absolute must for any collector of thimbles or of real quality Royal memorabilia!
HAPPY offerDING AND HAPPY Easter!
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