Vintage Taxco Strange symbol Thimble hand wrought 1930's
Click thumbnails for expanded view.
This 1930's sterling thimble has a really odd symbol that looks like an indian dragonfly or butterfly? The other side has a diamond shield that might have been made for an initial. Originally, thimbles were used solely for pushing a needle through fabric or leather as it was being sewn. Since then, however, they have gained many other uses. In the 19th century they were used to measure spirits, which brought rise to the phrase "just a thimbleful". Prostitutes used them in the practice of thimble-knocking where they would tap on a window to announce their presence. Thimble- knocking also refers to the practice of Victorian schoolmistresses who would tap on the heads of unruly pupils with dames thimbles. Thimbles have also been used as love-tokens and to commemorate important events. On this one, the dimples are very primitive and almost square. You can tell that all the etchings are hand carved into the silver. This measures 3/4" at its widest and 7/8" tall. IN great condition too! It is marked Taxco 980 on the inside. VintageSparkles offers Layaway on all our pieces regardless of which site it comes from.All layaway payments will need to be in the form of a check or money order only. Please remember that vintage & antique items are not mint, nor are they perfect but they sure are full of old history and charm. Please use photos to make your decisions and read our policies prior to buying so you can have an excellent experience with us.
- Spring Hill, Florida
- View Storefront
- View Seller Website
- Contact Seller About This Item
- View Store Policies
- Reference #
- Textiles, Clothing & Accessories
- Width: 0 inch
- Height: 0 inch
- Depth: 0 inch
- Weight: 0 pound
- VERY GOOD