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Dear Wynneth,

Following our earlier correspondence here is the information I received recently as promised. I will not quote the experts name for privacy reasons as he/she may not wish to be published online.

"The CH ‘silver  cased ‘ thimble has always been a bit of a mystery and in the past there have been discussions about it. What got us going on this subject was when a well-known dealer/collector showed us a brass thimble with CH silver cased on it – close scrutiny showed not a trace of sliver anywhere,   Have you tested your thimble with a magnet to see if it is steel cored? ( always take a small magnet with you when you go thimble hunting) A few silver coloured with the same inscription were noted over the years – silver cased is really the same as silver plated.

It has always seemed odd why Horner should produce this type of thimble as his hallmarked silver ones suited the up-market buyer and the Dorcas type the genuine hard working needle woman –there doesn’t seem a place for a silver cased ones.  Horner was known to experiment with all types of metals and finishes on his thimbles, some of which came to the market and some which didn’t

We came to the conclusion that the brass ‘silver cased one was an escapee from the Horner factory before it had its coat of silver put on
As far as I know  no-one has dine any research on this so I am afraid this is not a very satisfactory answer.  I would be pleased to know if it does have a steel core or not as this could put a different interpretation on things – having said that it would be impossible to do any research on this as the Horner factory, its workers and the older members of the family have now gone and thimble collectors these days do not seem interested in doing research."

If I find out more (because I do like to do research!) I will let you know.

Best wishes,


Hello Christine,  Thank you for the information you have discovered.  It is good information and information I did not have.  I do appreciate all your efforts.  By helping me you have helped others.  Your kindness is apprecaited.

Thank you,


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Wynneth Mullins


I am a digitabulist - a thimble collector. I have been collecting thimbles since 1976 and have my own newsletter called Thimble Guild. I started a local thimble collectors group, Thimbles Are Us, in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area in 1985. I was Second Vice-President of Thimble Collectors International from 1988 - 1992. I have been a guest speaker on thimbles at local collectors groups, womens groups and churches. I am knowledgable about sterling and gold thimbles made in the US as well as England, Germany, France, Russia, Norway and a few other countries. I am familiar with manufacturer`s marks and codes, assay marks and date marks and other unique marks meaningful to any thimble collector. I am knowledgeable of porcelain, china, brass, pewter, bronze, aluminum, plastic, silver plated, coin and base metal thimble marks. Some questions I might be asked...what makes a thimble valuable (scarce maker, desirable pattern, commemorative, etc.)...where can I find more information on thimbles... are there collectors groups out there a newsletter for collectors...what books are available on the subject? I am very happy to share my knowledge with anyone but will not make appraisals. To do that, you must be able to look at the thimble in person. I have a friend that has a saying, A knowledgable collector is a wise collector. She is a wise collector. In 1992, at the TCI Convention in San Diego, CA, I was given the highest honor in the thimble collecting community. It is called the Myrtle Lundquist Award. It reads, Lundquist Award - Compassion - Caring - Sharing - Awarded to Wynneth Mullins 1992. This award gives me a lot to live up to!

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