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Rare Antique 14 Kt Gold & Vulcanite Thimble * American * Circa 1890 For Sale
Antique 14 Kt Gold & Vulcanite Thimble
* Circa 1890
thimble is made Vulcanite* (also called ebonite).
The band is solid 14 Kt gold (tested) and is nicely hand engraved.
Inside the top it is stamped 7 (size) and it is an American size 7, so
I think the thimble is American.
beautifully shaped and in excellent
condition with no holes, dings or other damage. The band has the name
"Nellie" lightly scratched in
If you like the rare and unusual this is your thimble.
Goodyear discovered that rubber could be made hard and strong by
heating it with sulfur. He patented the process in 1844, but an English
scientist had patented it in 1843 in the UK. This hardened rubber was
one of the first plastic like materials (moldable) and was used for all
sorts of small items including combs, match safes, pencil barrels,
picture frames, jewelry and thimbles.
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Rare Antique 14 Kt Gold & Vulcanite Thimble * American * Circa 1890: $1,029