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Sterling Silver Thimble Size 11
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Sterling Silver Thimble Inside
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This size 11 thimble was purchased in the 1970's in a gift shop in Albuquerque, N.M..  It's clearly a softer metal and tarnishes like silver.  Inside are stamped the word "STERLING" and the letter "S" in an old-English style font.

The thimble is precious to my elderly mother.  What else can we learn about it?  The thimble also has a hole due to years of use: do you have advice as to appropriate repair (my father wanted to use epoxy)?

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Hello Bryce,  Thank you for your question.  The thimble is sterling silver made by Simons Bros. Co. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The Simons Co. has been making thimbles since 1839 and is still making thimbles today.  They are the only sterling silver thimble manufacturer still in existence today in the US.  The S in old English script is their trademark.

I have found this design on the band of the thimble to be one of the more difficult designs to find.  The age is very difficult to determine as the US has never required silversmiths to hallmark their items with a date.  The Simon's hallmark does give me the clue that the thimble was made in the 20th century.

The best way to repair the thimble is to take it to a jeweler and ask him to repair it.  I have done this several times and the cost is very minimal and I believe you would not be able to tell there was a repair. He may be able to reshape the thimble as well.

I hope this helps.

Wynneth  

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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...is 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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