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I came accross an old gold thimble this past saturday. I have no ideaa if it is real solid gold of gold filled. I see a couple of marks on it which are on the outside near the bottom and they are L1 and below that, there are 2 anchors side by side. There are also initials that look like maybe L.G. just to the left of the other markings. It is hard to read them since they used that old style writing. There is a lot of fancy etchings around the bottom half of the outside of the thimble. I also see inside what looks like old labels with one having a G or a 6 on it and the other one is hard to make out but looks like it has 3 letters, numbers, or symbols with the last one being an 8. Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated. I can send you pictures if that would be helpful.

         Thank You, Tim114

Hello Tim,  Thank you for your question.  The thimble is gold filled as the double anchors tell us that.  The L1 above the double anchors is actually the size which is 11.  The thimble was made by Goldsmith Stern Company of New York between the years 1913-1933.  Their marks were a G with an S and C on the inside of the G and an anchor on the inside top of the thimble as well. I am not certain but I feel there may have been a mistake marking the thimble with an 11 on the outside and an 8 on the inside as the size.  I have seen errors like this before.  If you could send more pictures such as the inside top of the thimble and a picture of the fancy etchings around the bottom edge of the thimble. With the extra pictures, I may be able to help you further.  I do hope this helps.

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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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