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  1. #1
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    Beautiful open top thimble 16th/17th century with makers marks

    hi people went out this morning on ploughed land for a hour what a lovely day it is here only found scrap lead and this lovely thimble never had one without a top on it cleaned it up and notice a mark like a hallmark SS so i take it thats the makers mark which is pretty its been dated from the 16th to the 17th century and not a normal thimble aswel as u can see by the open top which makes it a tailors thimble

    thanks for looking
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    Re: Beautiful open top thimble 16th/17th century with makers marks

    Quote Originally Posted by jimmy uk
    hi people went out this morning on ploughed land for a hour what a lovely day it is here only found scrap lead and this lovely thimble never had one without a top on it cleaned it up and notice a mark like a hallmark SS so i take it thats the makers mark which is pretty its been dated from the 16th to the 17th century and not a normal thimble aswel as u can see by the open top which makes it a tailors thimble

    thanks for looking
    Nice going on a very unique find Jimmie. But can you tell me what the purpose is of an open top thimble? That would seem to defeat the purpose of using one.
    TOTAL COLONIAL SILVER COINS DUG: 194
    - Hammered silver coins (pre-1645 not including cobs): 22
    - Hammered silver coins from the 1500s: 8 (all sixpences)
    - Spanish cobs: 22
    - Cut silver pieces: 88
    - Other whole colonial silver coins: 59
    - Colonial silver counterfeits: 3
    OLDEST COLONIAL SILVER COIN DUG: 1563 Elizabeth I sixpence
    MOST RARE AND VALUABLE COLONIAL SILVER COIN DUG: 1659 Lord Baltimore sixpence

    NOTABLE COLONIAL COPPER COINS/JETTONS/TOKENS DUG:
    - Early 1600s jettons (3 dug)
    - 1600s Half penny trade token
    - 1650-75 Edward Jarvis "The George" tavern penny token (London)
    - 1670 Bristol merchant's farthing token
    - 1675 Charles II farthing
    - 1677-79 Charles II bawbee sixpence
    - 1694 W&M halfpenny (2 dug)
    - 1795 Liberty cap cent (graded EF)
    - 1797, 1798 & 1803 Draped bust LCs
    - 1811 Half cent (rare date - graded EF)
    - 1700s KG coppers (20-25 dug)
    - 1761/62 German 21 heller (cut)
    - 1773 Va halfpennies (42-45 dug)
    - 1786 German 1 pfennig
    - 1700s French copper
    - Numerous 1700s undated or slicks

    ** All of these coins were dug at numerous colonial sites in southeast Virginia after securing property owner permission.

    BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT:

    I am anticipating that my new book entitled "DISCOVERING VIRGINIA'S COLONIAL ARTIFACTS - A Comprehensive Guide to Recovery, Identification and Preservation" will be available sometime during the early Fall 2017. This hardcover volume, nearly 400 pages in length, will double as both a "how-to" manual as well as a colonial artifact "encyclopedia" to help ID and date your finds. This publication will be a valuable resource not just for the colonial enthusiast, but for all metal detecting hobbyists as it covers topics such as research, permission, how to read and search sites, trash pits, artifact cleaning, preservation, documentation and display, ethics, and much more. It will also contain nearly 1000 color photos of 16th, 17th and 18th century artifacts I have personally recovered over the last 20+ years along with many quality post-colonial finds that randomly turn up at early sites. Updates will be provided as we get closer to the release date.

    **BOOK IS NOW COMPLETE AND IS BEING MADE READY FOR THE PRINTER. HOPE TO HAVE IT IN MY HANDS BEFORE THE END OF SEPT IF ALL GOES WELL. (Last updated 8-16-17)
















  3. #3
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    Re: Beautiful open top thimble 16th/17th century with makers marks

    Cool find. I like thimbles. Do you find a lot of open top type? Oops, I missed the part where it's your first.
    Oldest Coin Finds to Date
    1737-1760 KGII Hibernia Half Cent ('10)
    1787 Fugio Large Cent ('15)
    1869 Two Cent ('09)
    1867-1883 Variety I Sheild Nickel ('09)
    1900 Barber Dime ('13)
    1929 Standing Liberty Quarter ('17)
    1944 Walking Liberty Half Dollar ('09)

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    Re: Beautiful open top thimble 16th/17th century with makers marks

    Quote Originally Posted by Bill D. (VA)
    Quote Originally Posted by jimmy uk
    hi people went out this morning on ploughed land for a hour what a lovely day it is here only found scrap lead and this lovely thimble never had one without a top on it cleaned it up and notice a mark like a hallmark SS so i take it thats the makers mark which is pretty its been dated from the 16th to the 17th century and not a normal thimble aswel as u can see by the open top which makes it a tailors thimble

    thanks for looking
    Nice going on a very unique find Jimmie. But can you tell me what the purpose is of an open top thimble? That would seem to defeat the purpose of using one.


    Like a present-day tailor’s thimble, these sewing rings were designed to apply the pressure sideways.
    They are also known as open-top or ring-type thimbles, and have complemented their more conventional counterparts from the earliest times. Having a makers mark is a bonus to

    Very nice find Jimmy

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  5. #5

    Feb 2007
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    Re: Beautiful open top thimble 16th/17th century with makers marks

    well done!
    Debby

  6. #6

    Re: Beautiful open top thimble 16th/17th century with makers marks

    Quote Originally Posted by Silver Searcher
    Quote Originally Posted by Bill D. (VA)
    Quote Originally Posted by jimmy uk
    hi people went out this morning on ploughed land for a hour what a lovely day it is here only found scrap lead and this lovely thimble never had one without a top on it cleaned it up and notice a mark like a hallmark SS so i take it thats the makers mark which is pretty its been dated from the 16th to the 17th century and not a normal thimble aswel as u can see by the open top which makes it a tailors thimble

    thanks for looking
    Nice going on a very unique find Jimmie. But can you tell me what the purpose is of an open top thimble? That would seem to defeat the purpose of using one.


    Like a present-day tailor’s thimble, these sewing rings were designed to apply the pressure sideways.
    They are also known as open-top or ring-type thimbles, and have complemented their more conventional counterparts from the earliest times. Having a makers mark is a bonus to

    Very nice find Jimmy

    SS
    Agreed, never had a marked open-top, quite a 'rare' find
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  7. #7
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    Re: Beautiful open top thimble 16th/17th century with makers marks

    I like it,Congrat's

  8. #8
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    Dec 2008
    Fern Creek Ky
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    Re: Beautiful open top thimble 16th/17th century with makers marks

    That is sweet.


  9. #9
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    Re: Beautiful open top thimble 16th/17th century with makers marks

    cool find
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  10. #10
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    Dec 2007
    Hungary
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    Re: Beautiful open top thimble 16th/17th century with makers marks

    I like it good find

  11. #11
    Bev

    Re: Beautiful open top thimble 16th/17th century with makers marks

    I didnt know they made those! I don't like using a regular thimble and thought I'd rather have something just like that. Have you found more about the SS? I think it stands for SUPER SWEET!

 

 

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