SMP Logo
SM Publications
Silver Salon Forums - The premier site for discussing Silver.
SMP | Silver Salon Forums | SSF - Guidelines | SSF - FAQ | Silver Sales

The Silver Salon Forums
Since 1993
Over 11,793 threads & 64,769 posts !!
Continental / International Silver Forum
How to Post Photos REGISTER (click here)

customtitle open  SMP Silver Salon Forums
tlineopen  Continental / International Silver
tline3open  Thimble Identification Anyone?

Post New Topic  Post A Reply
profile | register | preferences | faq | search

ForumFriend SSFFriend: Email This Page to Someone! next newest topic | next oldest topic
Author Topic:   Thimble Identification Anyone?
argentium

Posts: 6
Registered: Aug 2004

iconnumber posted 08-11-2004 07:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for argentium     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
[01-1664]

I would be grateful to anyone who can tell me anything about this thimble which was part of a lot I bought here in the UK. The maker's marks are intriguing and although I've searched through books I've really drawn a blank. The thimble itself is unusually tall and slender - almost 2.5cm tall.

The marks are extremely tiny and very difficult to photograph. Through a magnifying glass the letters inside the diamond shape look like AOV or HOV and there appears to be a line above the O and an inverted crown below it.

In anticipation....


IP: Logged

argentium

Posts: 6
Registered: Aug 2004

iconnumber posted 08-11-2004 08:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for argentium     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Another shot of the thimble with some different lighting. Because the image is very large


IP: Logged

Brent

Posts: 1502
Registered: May 99

iconnumber posted 08-11-2004 09:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi,

You have a French silver thimble. The diamond shaped mark is a giveaway; all French makers are required to use a mark of this shape. The other mark, though I can't make it out, is almost certainly a standrd mark for small articles like yours.

Brent

IP: Logged

argentium

Posts: 6
Registered: Aug 2004

iconnumber posted 08-11-2004 11:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for argentium     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Many thanks for your reply, Brent.

The other mark looks rather like a head (and shoulders) on its side.

Any idea of date?

IP: Logged

Patrick Vyvyan

Posts: 640
Registered: May 2003

iconnumber posted 08-12-2004 07:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Patrick Vyvyan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Although not terribly clear, I suspect your "head on its side" is in fact a boar's head or "Tête de sanglier, Poinçon employé pour les mêmes ouvrages essayés au touchau (Paris)"

This site (in French) explains some of the less common French marks: Poinçons Argent [cgo.com/or/objets/poincons.htm#Poinçons%20Argent - link gone from the Internet]

A commercial site specializing in thimbles with a wealth of useful information is Thimbles from Australia and around the world [thimbleselect.bizland.com/catalogue.htm - link gone from the Internet]

Although they don't have any French examples at present, similar English examples seem to date to 1890 - 1910.

IP: Logged

argentium

Posts: 6
Registered: Aug 2004

iconnumber posted 08-12-2004 07:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for argentium     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you for the information and links, Patrick. Appreciated.

IP: Logged

All times are ET

next newest topic | next oldest topic

Administrative Options: Close Topic | Archive/Move | Delete Topic
Post New Topic  Post A Reply
Hop to:


Ultimate Bulletin Board 5.46a


1. Public Silver Forums (open Free membership) - anyone with a valid e-mail address may register. Once you have received your Silver Salon Forum password, and then if you abide by the Silver Salon Forum Guidelines, you may start a thread or post a reply in the New Members' Forum. New Members who show a continued willingness to participate, to completely read and abide by the Guidelines will be allowed to post to the Member Public Forums.
Click here to Register for a Free password

2. Private Silver Salon Forums (invitational or $ donation membership) - The Private Silver Salon Forums require registration and special authorization to view, search, start a thread or to post a reply. Special authorization can be obtained in one of several ways: by Invitation; Annual $ Donation; or via Special Limited Membership. For more details click here (under development).

3. Administrative/Special Private Forums (special membership required) - These forums are reserved for special subjects or administrative discussion. These forums are not open to the public and require special authorization to view or post.


| Home | Order | The Guide to Evaluating Gold & Silver Objects | The Book of Silver
| Update BOS Registration | Silver Library | For Sale | Our Wants List | Silver Dealers | Speakers Bureau |
| Silversmiths | How to set a table | Shows | SMP | Silver News |
copyright © 1993 - 2020 SM Publications
All Rights Reserved.
Legal & Privacy Notices