The same partners were also granted another patent, for a similar idea of layered metal protection formed by the presswork with which they were already familiar.
This was for a long-lasting yarn spindle or 'cone', where the boxwood cone was sheathed entirely in brass.
They soon found that ordinary silver thimbles were popular but were not particularly durable.
Steel needles pierced the softer silver of the thimble very painful for the user!
Later, one of his aunts left us a silver thimble, and then my daughter got a christening thimble, and it just flew from there. James Fenton is known for his blackberry designs – here with an all over pattern of leaves with the berries. Marked with size 12,”JF” maker’s mark, assay mark for Birmingham 1921.
The unique Charles Horner pattern book reproduced in Chapter 7 (click on Further Information for a sample page) includes many thimble designs from the early 20th century.
Silver thimbles make for a delightful collection when arranged neatly together.
They are easy to put on display and they can be found in all sorts of places from auctions to thrift stores, all depending on the collector's enthusiasm for searching.
This was for a minor improvement, the provision of thicker material at the top of the thimble, the area of most wear.
As this was such a minor improvement, it may have been applied for more to extend the lifetime of patent protection held by the Horner company, rather than for a specific improvement.
Assay: - Chester - Silver Sterling (.925 Fineness) Date & Period: - 1904 20th Century Engraving: - None Maker: - Charles Horner Measurement: - 35 mm length (1 inch = 25.4mm) Weight: - 2 grams Condition: - Good condition, please note a couple of very minor enamel losses, very hard to spot but mentioned for acuracy (please see image) lovely item nonetheless, very collectable.