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c1840 European Carved Ivory Thimble in Bone Case
  • c1840 European Carved Ivory Thimble in Bone Case
  • c1840 European Carved Ivory Thimble in Bone Case
  • c1840 European Carved Ivory Thimble in Bone Case
  • c1840 European Carved Ivory Thimble in Bone Case
  • c1840 European Carved Ivory Thimble in Bone Case

c1840 European Carved Ivory Thimble in Bone Case

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£230.00


Product Description

A beautiful carved ivory, possibly French Dieppe in origin, sewing Thimble, together with its turned bone cocktail shaker case.

The thimble probably dates from around the mid 19th century, but the bone case is probably a little later. The thimble has a garland ring of laurel leaves, which is in the style of the Dieppe examples. The turned bone case represents a cocktail shaker (although it could be an urn vase), which started around the same time, but may be late 19th century. The case opens by unscrewing along the middle. Condition of the thimble is very good. The case has a small crack on the lid, but is stable.

In Europe a brisk ivory trade was established between the West African Coast and Dieppe in France. A flourishing carving tradition was thus established in Dieppe in the 17th century and in the 19th century Dieppe ivory carvers won medals at the ‘Roman Exhibition’ in Rome in 1870. Ivory thimbles were being made at this time in England and Germany too.

Size thimble: 1.6 x 2.6 cm (5/8 x 1 inches)
Size case: 2.4 x 5 cm (1 x 2 inches)
Weight: 17 g

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