This antique solid gold
thimble is beautifully engraved with the initials of the original owner, "LHB,"
Lucy Hathaway Blood. This piece is offered for sale by a member of the
family and comes with a handwritten provenance. They resided in
upstate New York and were prominent owners of a Manhattan mercantile through the
last half of the 19th century which folded in the wake of the Great Depression.
Lucy's siblings married well. Her brother Alfred married a Farrington of
Mayflower decent and a sister married one of the Green Mountain Boys of Vermont.
A letter written by Lucy in 1884 to her sister in law, Ella Farrington Blood,
recounts her sewing efforts on behalf of her children. A copy of this
letter will be included with the piece.
This beautiful antique
thimble is deeply paneled, scalloped and etched with alternating floral and
paisley patterns. It finishes with a monogram panel that is set like a
stage. The hand etched monogram is deep and fancy in a lovely Victorian
script. The tip is hand hammered with a honey comb shaped tine and shows
no wear. The inside is marked with a 9 (size) and 14k. It comes with
the original black leather presentation case that is lined with purple velvet
and cord. The case is worn and the leather overlay on one end is missing.
This is a fabulous set for any collector of antique thimbles and sewing tools.
Appears to have never been used, though light scratches can be seen upon close
inspection. Excellent, unused condition with worn case. c.1870's -