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Antique Sterling Silver and Gold Thimble - Stern     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S1518
Period: Edward VII
Year: Circa 1908-1912
Silversmith: Stern Bros & Co.
Place: Philadelphia
Price: $ 190.00
Weight: 9 grams
Dimensions: 2 cm diameter, 2.3 cm height
Condition: Excellent, light scratches, no dents.

Description: An antique sterling silver thimble, size 10, with a panelled gold band over the sterling silver. The panelled bands alternate between larger concave panels and smaller convex panels, with a decorative floral band between each panel. The interior of the thimble is marked "10, STERLING, and anchor", and the gold panelling is marked with makers mark SBC, with a large S, and smaller B and C inside the S. This is the mark for Stern Brothers & Co of Philadelphia, who were well regarded makers of antique silver thimbles. Stern used the combination of the SBC makers mark and anchor between 1908 and 1912, hence we can accurately date this thimble. Prior to 1908 they only used the anchor, after 1912 they used a GBC makers mark, as the firm changed names to Goldsmith Stern. They folded in 1933, a victim of the great depression. We had previously incorrectly ascribed this mark to Simon Brothers, also thimble manufacturers of Philadelphia.
Antique Sterling Silver and Gold Thimble - Stern
Antique sterling silver and gold thimble

Antique Sterling Silver and Gold Thimble - Stern
Sterling and gold thimble side view

Antique Sterling Silver and Gold Thimble - Stern
Sterling, anchor, size 10 thimble

Antique Sterling Silver and Gold Thimble - Stern
Sterling silver thimble - scale

Antique Sterling Silver and Gold Thimble - Stern
Simons Brothers makers mark

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