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Steel and metal thimbles from around the world, including gilt metal, nCharles Iles and silver-plated


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Out of round description means the thimble is now finger-shaped

Brass-lined steel thimbles
The comfort of brass, with the strength of steel
These date from the beginning of 20th C
with the unsized thimbles being older


1488 = $2
size 2
16mm diameter
- some stains -

1485 = $2
size 3
good weight
15mm diameter

bm295 = $1
size 3
15mm diameter

uu1449 = $3
size 4
14mm diameter
good weight

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Gilt metal thimbles


1241 = $9
Spain
4 horizontal embossed shields affixed round rim
forming a box-like effect
previous owner purchased in 1976

1246 = $11
Spain
size 8

silver bow affixed with 8 fake diamond stones set into bow
previous owner purchased in 1976

1248 = $11
Spain
small fake diamond stones [rhinestones] set closely round rim
previous owner purchased in 1976

1506 = $2
mini with hanging loop
hand-indented
height 6mm

10/76 = $4
Germany
Gilt
size 8/16


Prym & Co

quilters
16mm diameter
previous owner acquired in 1987

uu1480 = $4
Germany
Gilt
size 8/16


Danico

quilters
16mm diameter
+ certificate
- mint condition -

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Charles Iles
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND
Charles Iles registered his maker's mark in 1889 and it is probable that it was only used from then until 1903. This means that the bulk of his thimbles are unmarked, though thimbles do exist with ILES stamped onto the band. I have noticed that Iles thimbles tend to have striations or milling behind the patterning: a good test but not foolproof


Charles Iles' maker's mark
3 thimbles with touching rims in a triangular shield, registered in 1889.

Norma Spicer's Iles - A Family of Thimble Makers is a must for collectors of Charles Iles thimbles


10/104 = $25
Nickel silver
no maker's mark
band of leaves & grapes
14.5mm diameter

10/105 = $35
Cupronickel
Charles Iles

PROVPAT
gadget with very fine threader
that folds up
attached by a screw
pre-dates his Patent 227313 of 1924
17mm diameter
previous owner acquired in 1979

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Gadget thimbles


a373 = $6
Steel
size 00

ILES ENGLAND
18.5mm diameter

a375 = $6
Steel
size 3

ILES
from 1910s?
16mm diameter

a394 = $18
Nickel silver
very fine pretty acanthus band
over striations
no maker's mark
blank cartouche
14mm diameter

a449 = $22
Nickel silver
no maker's mark
band of leaves & grapes
14.5mm diameter

a450 = $18
Nickel silver
maker's mark
15mm diameter
- row of tiny needle holes in apex -

a453 = $19
Silver-plated
maker's mark
15mm diameter

a459 = $15
Nickel silver
maker's mark
15mm diameter
- out of round -
- holes in apex with signs of mending -

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Maureen Story Jones
Silver Scenes
WALES
Abel Morrall
ENGLAND
See also his Brass thimbles
Olney Amsden & Son [OA&S]
ENGLAND
See also his Sterling silver thimbles
Quilt House
USA
See also Gadget thimbles

uu1344 = $24
Silver-plated
May Dandelion Elf
© 1994
+ certificate
boxed

a454 = $5
Brass-lined steel
size 2

17mm diameter

a456 = $6
Steel
size 4

14.5mm diameter

uu1563 = $7
Metal
Ring Thing
indented ring shape with attached thread cutter blade
on original backing board
- minor damage to card -
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Settmacher
AUSTRIA


1225= $20
Metal
band with 3 rows of stars & patterned rim
bright blue striped, domed stone in apex
15mm diameter

a502 = $19
Zinc
commemorating marriage
Juliana and Bernhard
red white & blue [Dutch colours] painted grooves
1937
+ certificate
18mm diameter

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Silver-plated thimbles
See also
Carol Bradley thimbles
Maureen Jones thimbles
Perfection Plate thimbles


152 = $11
Germany
Lausanne
Switzerland
coat-of-arms
enamel badges

158 = $13
Germany
SF

Mozart
- some plate wear on inner edge -

167 = $16
Germany
To commemorate the Royal Wedding Prince Andrew and Miss Sarah Ferguson
23rd July 1986

enamel badge

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British Royalty on thimbles


1228 = $2
[Holland]
Golden Gate San Francisco
round disc moulded round thimble

8/694 = $4
Germany
size 16

Pennsylvania coat-of-arms
affixed moulded badge/shield

uu920 = $3
New Zealand
Marineland Napier N.Z.
plastic disc on apex

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Steel thimbles
These date from the beginning of 20th C ie World War I era
with the unsized thimbles being older
See also Charles Iles and Abel Morrall


1482 = $2
size 0
good weight
18mm diameter

a385 = $1
size 1
17mm diameter

a325 = $6
15mm diameter
band of 5 ridges

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Sullivans / M T Sullivan
AUSTRALIA/TAIWAN

1478 = $2
Metal
size 17 2/0
quilter's

in original packaging

uu1559 = $4
Metal
size 18 2/0
tailor's

in original packaging
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Topazio
PORTUGAL

175 = $18
Silver-plated
handpainted Christmas bells
mistletoe all round on wide band
gilt inside
15mm diameter

1215= $20
Silver-plated
Fatima
raised scene of the Saint
wide band of elongated diamonds with flowers
taller
18mm diameter
previous owner purchased in 1976
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Other metal thimbles


162 = $11
Germany?
Brass-plated?

Liechtenstein
Liechtenstein
coat-of-arms
enamel badges

1214 = $2
Germany
Fimo walrus head affixed
- glue marks -

1216 = $4
commemorating
Expo 1986 Vancouver
affixed flat shield

1221 = $2
Feilding N.Z
coat-of-arms
affixed enamel moulded badge/shield
- rusted -

1224 = $5
Rothenburg
coat-of-arms
affixed enamel moulded badge/shield
- stained at back -

1229 = $2
Arosa
coat-of-arms
moulded badge/shield
17mm diameter

1238 = $8
USA
Brass-coloured metal
Howco

gadget with half the apex open with hooked cutter atop

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Gadget thimbles



8/559 = $2
Pot metal
gumball gift
9.5mm diameter / 15mm height


8/883 = $2
Pot metal
gumball gift
9.5mm diameter / 15mm height


uu684 = $2
Pot metal
gumball gift
9.5mm diameter / 15mm height

8/828 = $5
USA
advertising
The Prudential Life Assurance
16mm diameter

a314 = $6
USA
advertising
The Prudential Life Assurance
16mm diameter

uu1580 = $4
Germany
size 10/17mm

Made for E C Birch Pty Ltd 153 Bridge Road Richmond…Australia
quilter’s in original card

uu1585 = for 5 = $15
Japan
Metal

5 ring shapes
sizes 00 (14) – 0 (14.5) – 1 (15) – 2 (15.5) – 3 (16)
each in own original packaging

uu1584 = $5
Japan
Fujikyu
Metal

ring shape with an opening
in original packaging

uu1587 = for 4 = $12
Japan
Clover
Metal

4 ring shapes
each in own original packaging
sizes 1 (15.5) – 2 (16) – 3 (16.5) – 4 (17)

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  Last updated 30 January 2014  
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