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The Ann Blakeslee Black Collection of Thimbles, Needlework Tools and Vertu, Venice, Florida


The Ann Blakeslee Black Collection of Thimbles, Needlework Tools and Vertu, Venice, Florida W e d n e s dAY 2 1 M AY 2 0 1 4

PREVIEW FRIDAY 16 MAY | 10AM-5PM SATURDAY 17 MAY | 10AM-3PM SUNDAY 18 MAY | 12PM- 4PM MONDAY 19 MAY | 10AM-5 PM TUESDAY 20 MAY | 10AM-5PM AUCTION WEDNESDAY 21 MAY | 12 PM Needlework Tools, Lots 1–91 Silver and Gold Thimbles, Lots 92–179 Meissen Thimbles, Lots 180–209 English and Continental Porcelain Thimbles, Lots 210–234 American Silver and Gold Thimbles, Lots 235-259 Other Materials, Lots 260-272

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www.lesliehindman.com Cover: A group of thimbles Above: Lot 10 A George II Gold, Enamel, Carnelian, Diamond and Pearl Mounted “Nubian” Needle Case

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A nn B l a k e s l e e B l ac k

Several divergent factors ultimately

robin letters on assigned subjects. Members could not

led to my thimble collecting: the

have been more generous in sharing their expertise and

perception of a mother who found

knowledge. However, no noteworthy information was

activities in which her severely

forthcoming on Meissen thimbles.

dyslexic daughter could meet with success – sewing, knitting and

It was around 1965 that two earlier magazine articles

embroidering; an admiration for

came to my attention: “Les Trois Cents Dés du Baron

and a limited collection of

Sellière” in Connaissance des Arts (15 Mars 1956, Numbers

eighteenth century antiques

44-49) with French text and its English counterpart “The

(including the ceramic arts);

World at His Fingertips” in Réalitiés (October 1956, pp.

and in 1961, the gift from a

48-51). Both dealt with Baron Jean Sellière, a French

neighbor of two pretty thimbles.

nobleman, and his fabulous collection of thimbles. There

Presto! I was a thimble collector. So

were approximately eighteen Meissen thimbles clearly

pretty, so dainty, so appropriate – requiring little storage

discernable in the illustrations. Since owning a Meissen

space and expense to start. Of course, cost increased as I

thimble seemed beyond the range of possibilities and

searched for quality and rarity in my collection.

thus, truly beyond hands-on knowledge, I concluded that pictures were the best substitute for the real thing.

Living in an eighteenth century home and collecting

Therefore, I sent for more photographs from museums,

eighteenth century antiques, I was quite naturally

dealers and collectors. They turned out to be excellent

drawn to thimbles fashioned in that century. From the

tools to explain and demonstrate the frailty and artistic

beginning, early porcelains were my favorites, and it was

beauty of Meissen thimbles. Surely these thimbles qualify,

not long before I heard about the legendary and elusive

by any standard, as miniature works of art.

Meissen thimbles. In 1961, there was a dearth of information on thimbles, and my quest for facts proved frustrating. Some four or five years later, a local antiques dealer told another thimble collector of my interest, and I soon joined the National Thimble Collectors, a small group of nationwide collectors. Activities centered on semi-annual round

I am fortunate to be the custodian of a collection of Meissen thimbles acquired over the years, and following the age-old Chinese proverb “One picture is worth more than ten thousand words,” I rejoice in sharing my pictures with you. -From Of Meissen Thimbles by Ann Blakeslee Black


Contents NEEDLEWORK TOOLS, Lots 1-91

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Silver and Gold Thimbles, LOTS 92-179

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Meissen Thimbles, LOTS 180-209

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English and Continental Porcelain Thimbles, LOTS 210-234

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American Silver and Gold Thimbles, LOTS 235-259 114 Other Materials, LOTS 260-272 123 AUCTION INQUIRIES 127 CONDITIONS OF SALE 129 TELEPHONE / ABSENTEE / BID FORM

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Needlework Tools Lots 1 – 91


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A South Staffordshire Enameled Thimble Case, 18TH CENTURY,

of ovoid form with an ivory ground. Height 1 1/8 inches. $400-600 2

A South Staffordshire Enameled Needle Case, LATE 18TH CENTURY,

decorated with polychrome flowers on a white ground and the inscription “Gage de mon Amour.” Length 5 1/4 inches. $300-500 1

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A South Staffordshire Enameled Needle Case, 18TH CENTURY,

having polychrome roses and other flowers within white cartouches on a pink ground, the lid formed as a thimble. Length 3 1/8 inches. $300-500

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A South Staffordshire Enameled Bodkin Case and Thimble,

A South Staffordshire Enameled Thimble and Bodkin Case,

19TH CENTURY, POSSIBLY BILSTON,

18TH CENTURY,

of cylindrical form, enameled to show figural cartouches on a pink ground with lattice decoration and the inscription “Gage de mon amitié.” Length 5 1/8 inches. $500-700

worked in polychrome enamels on a cobalt ground to show courting couples and landscape cartouches with the inscription “Secret en amour.” Length 5 inches. $400-600

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A South Staffordshire Enameled Needle Case and Thimble, 18TH CENTURY,

worked in polychrome enamels on a green ground to show pastoral landscape cartouches and the inscription “Sincere en amitié.” Length 5 1/4 inches. $400-600

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A South Staffordshire Enameled Thimble and Bodkin Case, 18TH CENTURY,

worked in polychrome enamels on a turquoise ground to show a gentleman, pastoral landscape cartouches and the inscription “Gage de mon amour.” Length 5 inches. $400-600


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A South Staffordshire Enameled Combination Thimble, Measuring Tape and Needle Case, LATE 18TH CENTURY,

worked in polychrome enamels on a turquoise ground to show flowers. Length 3 inches. $200-400 9

A Bilston Enameled Measuring Tape, ENGLISH, 18TH CENTURY,

worked on a white ground to show blue flowers and the inscription “Remember her who gives this Trifle.” Height 7/8 inch.

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Provenance: The Estate of Elizabeth Sickels $150-250

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A George II Gold, Enamel, Carnelian, Diamond and Pearl Mounted “Nubian” Needle Case, CIRCA 1750,

the hinged cover formed and enameled as the bust of a Nubian woman with a diamond necklace, pearl drop earrings and a white turban, the slightly tapered gold body chased with rococo scrolls, shellwork and sprigs of flowers, mounted with a mine-cut diamond thumbpiece, the carnelian seal base carved with a bird crest and the motto “FIDELLE EN ABSESCE.” Length 4 inches. Provenance: S.J. Phillips, London, 1980 $5,000-7,000

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A Silver Filigree Sewing Kit, PROBABLY ENGLISH, 19TH CENTURY,

comprising a needle book, tatting shuttle, tape measure and thimble, all decorated with filigree foliate scrolls and rope-twist borders, in a fitted shagreen case, apparently unmarked. Length of shuttle 2 5/8 inches. $600-800 12

A Victorian Mother-of-Pearl Presentation Thimble Case, 1862,

of octagonal form, the hinged lid inscribed “J.E. Hill. 1st Prize for Plain Sewing. Seaforth Decbr. 1862.� Height 1 3/8 inches. $60-80

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An English Silk Sewing Kit,

A Victorian Silver Thimble and Four Embroidered Silk Articles,

LATE 19TH CENTURY,

the exterior monogrammed, the interior opening to a pocket, a pin cushion and felt leaves. Width 5 1/2 inches. Provenance: By repute, sent by a mother to her son during the Boer Wars $60-80

PROBABLY JAMES SWANN, BIRMINGHAM, 1897,

marked on lower edge, together with a thimble case, a needle book, a pin cushion and a scissor case. Height of thimble 7/8 inch. $50-70

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Two Victorian Silver Scissor Cases,

DAVID PETTIFER, BIRMINGHAM, 1848 /1849, oen engraved overall with foliate scrolls and with vacant scrollwork cartouche, the other woth engine-turned bands, and scrollwork cartouche enclosing monogram LMF, the interior with scissors, marked on flanges. Length of first 2 7/8 inches. $100-200

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A Silver Inlaid Tortoise Shell Knotting Shuttle,

A Victorian Leather Miniature Sewing Set,

LATE 18TH / EARLY 19TH CENTURY,

LATE 19TH / EARLY 20TH CENTURY,

decorated with undulating lines and flower heads. Width 4 inches. $80-120

in the form of a barrel opening to a fitted interior with a thimble, a pair of scissors and two bodkins, thimble marked illegibly, together with a pair of miniature scissors in the form of a stork. Height 2 inches. $150-250

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An English Silver Filigree Combination Thimble Case, Scent Bottle and Tape Measure, 19TH CENTURY,

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with scrollwork throughout. Height 2 inches. $150-250

19TH CENTURY,

A Victorian Mother-of-Pearl Miniature Sewing Set, of ovoid form with a fitted interior containing a thimble, an awl, a pair of scissors and a bodkin case. Width 2 1/8 inches. $150-250

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Two Miniature Sewing Sets, PROBABLY ENGLISH, 19TH CENTURY,

each containing a pair of scissors, a thimble, bodkins and awls, in fitted leather cases. Width of first case 1 3/4 inches. $200-400 21

A Silver Filigree and Enamel Tatting Shuttle, PROBABLY ENGLISH, 19TH CENTURY,

with foliate scrollwork throughout and enameled plaques depicting classical figures, apparently unmarked. Width 3 1/2 inches. $200-400 22

A Georgian Silver-Gilt Scissor Case,

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A Silver-Gilt Filigree Scissors Case, PROBABLY ENGLISH, LATE 17TH / EARLY 18TH CENTURY, the body and lift-off cover with flowerheads linked by filigree scrolls, apparently unmarked. Height 3 3/8 inches. $100-200

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A Silver Filigree Scissor Case,

PROBABLY ENGLISH, LATE 17TH CENTURY,

the cover and body formed of filigree scrolls and linked by chains attached to a suspension ring, marks on flange obscured. Height 2 7/8 inches. Provenance: Schredds of Portobello, London $200-400

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Two Mother-of-Pearl Articles, 18TH / 19TH CENTURY,

one a silver inlaid needle case, the other a tatting shuttle monogrammed AB. Length of case 4 1/4 inches. $100-200 25

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A Brass and Silver Inlaid Thimble Case and Pin Cushion, PROBABLY ENGLISH, 19TH CENTURY,

in the form of a boot with a lid which swings open to reveal the interior fitted for a thimble. Height 3 1/4 inches. $100-200 26

A George II Gold Mounted Agate Needle Case and Spy Glass, CIRCA 1760,

the mounts depicting baskets of flowers and solomonic columns, with an enameled band inscribed “Vous L’Offere L’Amitié.” Height 4 5/8 inches.

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Provenance: M. Hakim Antiques, London, August 20, 1981 $300-500

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An American Mixed Metals Inlaid Knotting Shuttle,

A Pair of Mother-of-Pearl Handled Embroidery Scissors,

19TH CENTURY,

19TH / 20TH CENTURY,

worked on both sides to show bouquets of flowers. Width 5 1/2 inches. $150-250

of collapsible form. Length 2 1/4 inches (closed). $20-40

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An Edwardian Silver Miniature Sewing Kit,

A Georgian Silver-Gilt Filigree Bodkin Case,

LEVI & SALAMAN, BIRMINGHAM, 1906,

18TH CENTURY,

of pail form with a fitted interior containing a pair of scissors, a bodkin case and a thimble, marked on pail. Height 1 1/4 inches. $150-250

worked throughout with filigree scrollwork, apparently unmarked. Length 4 1/8 inches.

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Provenance: Purchased at Portobello Road, London $100-200


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A Mother-of-Pearl Mounted Gilt Metal Scissor Case, 18TH CENTURY,

the mother-of-pearl engraved with masks, birds and foliate scrolls. Length 4 1/4 inches. $250-350 32

A George III Silver-Gilt Mounted Porcelain Bodkin Case, LATE 18TH CENTURY,

in the form of a stockinged man’s leg, the hinged silver-gilt cover embossed with a flowerhead, inside cover with Exeter town mark and two indistinct marks. Length 3 3/4 inches. $150-250 33

Five English Tunbridge Sewing Articles, 19TH CENTURY,

comprising a micromosaic thread winder, a parquetry thread winder, an egg form thimble holder, a shaped needle and thimble holder, and a combination clamp and pin cushion. Height of clamp 5 5/8 inches. $500-700

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A Continental Porcelain Tatting Shuttle,

POSSIBLY MEISSEN, 19TH CENTURY, with polychrome flowers on a white ground, apparently unmarked. Length 5 1/8 inches. $100-200 35

A Victorian Mother-of-Pearl and Silver Etui,

of rectangular form with a hinged lid opening to a fitted interior containing a thimble, a bodkin case, a bodkin and an awl. Height 2 3/8 inches. $200-400

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An Impressive French Gold and Mother-of-Pearl Sewing Box, FIRST QUARTER 19TH CENTURY, MONOGRAM FOR CORNELIA PATTERSON VAN RENSSELAER,

comprising a gold thimble engraved CVR July 8th, 1848, two gold bodkins, a gold vinagrette, a gold needle case, gold scissors with steel blades, a push-up fountain pen, a mother-of-pearl and gold knife with a steel blade, a mother-of-pearl and gold punch, a mother-of-pearl tambour hook, a glass scent bottle with gold cap, four mother-of-pearl spools, a pair of steel and mother-of-pearl winders, a mother-of-pearl memoire, four mother-of pearl star form winders, a mother-of-pearl tattling shuttle, a pair of mother-of-pearl knitting needle protectors, two pairs of steel scissors and a mother-of-pearl folding ruler, all set in a velvet lined burlwood box set with a gold shield form cartouche monogrammed CVR, gold with maker’s mark AB a crowned heart above and pellet below, and with guarantee marks for 1809-19. Height of box 4 1/4 x widht 10 5/8 x depth 7 3/8 inches. Provenance: Cora Ginsburg, New York, NY A gift to Cornelia Patterson Van Rensselaer, daughter of Stephen van Rensselaer III, 2nd Lieutenant Governor of New York (1795-1801) and founder of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute $5,000-7,000

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A Silver-Mounted Velvet Pin Cushion,

Two Victorian Tortoise Shell and Ivory Needle Cases,

Two Needlework Sewing Purses,

19TH CENTURY,

suspended from a chain connected to a belt clip with an illegible signature, with a heart shaped plaque monogrammed A. Length overall 18 1/4 inches. $100-200

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in the form of Georgian knife boxes, one having mother-of-pearl panels to the exterior and a carved floral bouquet to the lid, each opening to an interior with ivory liners fitted for a thimble and a variety of needles. Height of first 2 1/4 inches. $400-600

the first worked with various stitches and having two gusseted sections and four felted dividers, signed Mary Elan Leeds and dated 1766, the second worked on a gilt metallic thread foundation and having watercolor landscape panels to the interior, unsigned. Width of first 3 7/8 inches. $200-400


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A Royal George IV Gold Bodkin Case,

A Louis XV Style Gilt-Metal Chatelaine,

CIRCA 1820,

POSSIBLY 18TH CENTURY,

of slightly tapered cylindrical form, the body and cover finely chased with the emblems of the British Isles amongst scrolling foliage on a matted ground, the body also chased with the cypher of George IV within a garter and below a coronet, in a fitted red leather case, apparently unmarked. Length 5 5/8 inches.

having a shaped clip chaised to show a shepherd with various animals, suspending two thimble cases, one enclosing a thimble, flanking an etui case enclosing a variety of implements. Height 6 inches. Provenance: The Estate of Margaret Parshall $400-600

Provenance: Purchased at The Armory Show, New York, NY, circa 1991 $2,000-4,000

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A Dutch Gilt Metal, Enamel and Hardstone Needle Case,

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in the form of a book with six felted pages, the end boards worked to show birds perched on flowering branches and inset with eight hardstone cabochons each. Height 2 1/4 x width 1 1/2 inches.

A Louis XV Style Gilt-Metal Chatelaine,

having a tapering clip chased with a depiction of a classical maiden with a lyre surrounded by various animals of the forest, the clip suspending two thimble cases, one fitted with a thimble, and an etui case fitted with a variety of implements, contained in a fitted case. Height overall 8 inches. $500-700

Provenance: À la Vieille Russie, New York, NY $500-700

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A Vari-Color Gold and Emerald-Mounted Necessaire, POSSIBLY FRENCH, FIRST HALF 19TH CENTURY,

comprising a pair of scissors with sheath, a bodkin, a needle case and a cut glass scent bottle contained in a fitted case, the yellow gold bodies applied with gold wrigglework, rose gold flowers and green gold leaves, mounted with 56 emeralds, apparently unmarked. Length of scissors 4 inches. Provenance: Harvey & Gore, London, 1977, accompanied by copy of the bill of sale By repute, the Collection of Victoria Alexandra Alice Mary, Princess Royal and Countess of Harewood, Daughter of George V and Queen Mary $800-1,200 45

A Danish Silver-Gilt-Mounted Porcelain Necessaire, SECOND HALF 19TH CENTURY,

the porcelain marked for Royal Copenhagen, of ovoid form with a hinged lid enclosing a fitted interior and a thimble, a bodkin, a pair of scissors, a needle case, a retractable pencil, a scent flask and an awl, silver with assay marks for Simon Groth, 1863-1904. Height 3 3/4 inches. $300-500

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A French Silver Inlaid Mother-of-Pearl Bodkin Case, 18TH CENTURY,

of tapering form decorated with vines. Length 3 7/8 inches. $150-250 46

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A French Strawwork Etui, 19TH CENTURY,

the case with polychrome stripes and foliate decorated lozenges, containing a set of tools. Length 5 3/4 inches. $150-250 48

A Pair of Continental Enameled Gilt Metal Scissors, PROBABLY GERMAN, LATE 18TH / EARLY 19TH CENTURY,

decorated with vines on a blue reserve. Length 4 1/8 inches. $150-250

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A Continental Embroidered Silk Pin Cushion, LATE 18TH / EARLY 19TH CENTURY,

of oblong form, embroidered to show floral sprays, opening to a vacant thimble cavity and needle storage, together with a spherical pin cushion. Length 6 inches. $100-200

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A Continental Gold and Enamel Etui, CIRCA 1860,

the flattened tapered cylindrical case with enameled inscription “L’Amitié vous l’Offre” on a translucent blue shield with foliate pendants and lozenges below, all against a light blue enamel ground, the opposite side with a purple and gold flower in an opaque white shield with a black reserve below, the gold rims chased with running foliage, together with a pair of scissors with steel blades, a bodkin and an ear pick, case with French import marks for 1864-93, scissors, bodkin and ear pick with maker’s mark LJ/P, Paris, and guarantee mark for post 1838. Length 5 3/4 inches. $300-500 51

A Continental Gilt Metal Mounted Porcelain Bodkin Case,

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LATE 18TH / EARLY 19TH CENTURY,

one side decorated with forget-me-nots and banners reading “Fil” and “Erindring,” the reverse with depictions of funeral urns among foliage in iron red. Length 5 inches. $150-250 52

A Continental Gilt Metal Mounted Mother-ofPearl Needle Case and Tambour Hook, of turned tapering form, opening at each end. Length 4 7/8 inches. $100-200

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A Continental Silver and Enamel Parfilage Set, 18TH CENTURY,

the case suspended from a chain and worked in black and white enamels on a blue ground, containing a pair of scissors, a stiletto and a knife, apparently unmarked. Length of case 3 1/2 inches. Provenance: Acquired at The Armory Show, New York, NY $800-1,200 54

A German Gilt Metal and Enamel Etui, 19TH CENTURY,

containing a pair of scissors, a bodkin and an ear spoon, the case worked in polychrome enamels on a blue ground to show a lady picking flowers and the inscription “Ewig getr ell.� Height 4 5/8 inches. $200-400

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A Pair of Steel Embroidery Scissors, 20TH CENTURY,

unmarked. Length 4 5/8 inches. $10-20 56

A Pair of German Metal Embroidery Scissors, EARLY 20TH CENTURY,

with engraved decoration. Length 3 7/8 inches. $10-20

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A Continental Steel Scissor Case, LATE 17TH / EARLY 18TH CENTURY,

worked to show birds flanking an urn with flowers. Height 3 1/4 inches. $80-120 58

A Continental Gold Thimble and Needle Case, POSSIBLY AUSTRIAN, 19TH CENTURY,

tapered cylindrical with screw-off thimble top, engraved throughout with geometric and chevron bands and monograms AKP and ACB, interior with lift-off lid, apparently unmarked. Length 2 5/8 inches. $400-600

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A French Silver Inlaid Tortoise Shell Tatting Shuttle, 18TH CENTURY, 59

worked to show circular cartouches issuing foliate scrolls, one side depicting cupid and the motto “Amovr Trovve Moyen,” the other side monogrammed. Width 4 3/8 inches. $150-250 60

A Continental Ivory Needle Case, 19TH CENTURY,

in the form of a peapod, together with two ear scoop bodkins, one in silver and one in gold. Length 3 5/8 inches. $150-250 61

A Continental Gold-Mounted Jade Needle Case, POSSIBLY FRENCH, LATE 18TH / EARLY 19TH CENTURY,

of ribbed ovoid form, applied with scalloped gold rims chased with guilloché, the interior fitted for four needles and a bodkin, flange with marks unclear. Height 2 1/2 inches. Provenance: Wartski, London $300-500 60

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A Russian Silver and Niello Thimble and Needle Case, CIRCA 1900,

both with stylized niello foliage and niello Cyrillic inscription translating to “Caucasus,� with a similarly decorated ring, the ring and needle case attached to the thimble by chains, apparently unmarked. Length of needle case 3 1/4 inches. $200-400

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A Continental Shagreen Thimble and Needle Case, 19TH CENTURY,

opening at each end, with nail head decoration throughout. Length 3 1/2 inches. $80-120 64

A Continental Silver Etui, 18TH / 19TH CENTURY,

containing a pair of scissors, an awl and a knife with bird finials, the case chased with a cherub and a nude among flowers and foliate scrolls, apparently unmarked. Height 3 1/2 inches. Provenance: The Estate of Margaret Parshall $300-500 65

A Pair of Turkish Steel Scissors, 17TH / 18TH CENTURY,

with pierced decoration. Length 5 3/4 inches. $80-120

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A Continental Silver Parfilage Case, LATE 18TH / EARLY 19TH CENTURY,

suspended from a chain and worked throughout to show flowers and scrolls, one side engraved with a pair of flaming hearts, the other side with hearts and the inscription “Amovr Povr Amovr.” Height 3 1/4 inches. Provenance: The Estate of Margaret Parshall $300-500 67

A Carved Coral Needle Case, 19TH CENTURY,

worked to show a rose and grapevines, together with three bodkins. Length 3 1/4 inches. Provenance: Betty Aardewerk Antiquairs, Leidschendam, Netherlands $500-700 68

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A Continental Steel Scissor Case, 18TH CENTURY,

containing a pair of scissors, the case with engraved decoration. Height 3 1/8 inches. $70-90

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A Dutch Silver Bodkin Case, LATE 18TH / EARLY 19TH CENTURY,

of slightly tapered cylindrical form, chased overall with roundels depicting stages of a woman’s life linked by ribbons and foliate pendants, the screw-off cover with a flat extending square terminal with cut corners, base and cover with maker’s mark N?R and later control marks throughout. Length 4 1/4 inches. $150-250 70

A Russian Gold Bodkin Case,

Detail of lot 70

FABERGÉ, ST. PETERSBURG, 1888,

of flattended form with rounded terminals, the detachable cover applied with the monogram of Maria Feodorovna under a coronet, the flange engraved with date 15 July 1888, marked on flange. Length 3 1/2 inches.

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Provenance: À la Vieille Russie, New York, NY, November 1987 The Collection of Maria Feodorovna, wife of Czar Alexander III $1,000-2,000 71

A Gold Mounted Smoky Agate Needle Case, 19TH CENTURY,

of tapering form with a hinged lid, apparently unmarked. Height 3 1/4 inches. $400-600 72

A Gilt Metal and Carnelian Etui, POSSIBLY ENGLISH, CIRCA 1760,

of elongated spool form, decorated with rococo scrolls and floral swags, the hinged cover opening to a fitted interior with scissors, bodkin and knife, the base with screw-off carnelian seal carved with Cupid pouring water on a flaming heart, and revealing a thimble and spool. Height 4 1/8 inches. $100-200

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Three Native American Birch Bark Sewing Articles, LIKELY LATE 19TH CENTURY,

comprising a scissor pouch and two pin cushions, each worked to show floral sprays. Length of first 5 inches. $300-500 74

A Pair of American Silver Handled Embroidery Scissors, WATROUS MFG. CO., WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, 20TH CENTURY,

with German steel implements in the form of a stork. Length 5 1/8 inches. $200-400 75

A Cased Gilt Metal Mounted Scrimshaw Pin Cushion, 75

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19TH CENTURY,

signed illegibly, the hinged lid inset with an enamel plaque inscribed “Je Pique Mais Jattache,” together with a scrimshaw awl having breaks and losses. Height 1 15/16 inches. $80-120


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A Silver Scissor Case, PROBABLY AMERICAN, 19TH CENTURY,

undecorated, apparently unmarked, 31.41 g, together with a horn handled seam presser. Length 4 1/4 inches. $50-70 77

Two American Steel Sewing Birds,

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18TH CENTURY,

one having a brass bird, the other a mixed metals inlaid bird. Height 5 3/8 inches. $100-200 78

An American Metal Award Charm, 1911,

in the shape of a star, engraved “St. James Sewing School” and dated on the reverse. Height 1 1/4 inches. $30-50 79

An American Gilt Metal Award Brooch, 1902,

presented to Myrtle B. Powers for Sewing, having an engraved banner suspending a Maltese cross, the reverse inscribed “Nazareth Academy ‘02.” Height 2 1/8 inches. $30-50

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Two Dutch Silver Bodkin Cases,

each of cylindrical tapering form and worked to show floral scrolls. Length of longest 3 7/8 inches. $80-120 81

A Russian Steel Sewing Case, LATE 19TH / EARLY 20TH CENTURY,

comprising scissors, a folding knife, a fish form bodkin, a thimble, a needle case, a winder and a spool, set in a rectangular case with a velvet lined fitted interior. Height 1 x width 4 3/8 x depth 3 1/2 inches. $200-400 82

A Continental Mother-of-Pearl Mounted Gilt Metal Chatelaine, LIKELY FRENCH, 19TH CENTURY, 81

having a shaped clip suspending two thimble cases flanking an etui enclosing a variety of implements, the case chased to show shells and foliate scrolls. Height 7 3/8 inches. $600-800

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Six Continental Silver Sewing Compendiums, GERMAN AND DUTCH, 17TH AND 18TH CENTURY,

each with a thimble, a needle case and a thread spool, three engraved with strapwork and three with geometric patterns, two with seal bases. Height of first 4 1/8 inches. $600-800 84

A Spanish Steel Sewing Case, CIRCA 1800,

comprising two needle cases, a scissor, two spools, two star form winders, a bodkin and other tools, together with a later thimble, mounted with an oval portrait miniature to the interior, the case engraved throughout to show symbols of love. Height 2 1/4 x width 4 3/4 x depth 3 3/8 inches. Provenance: Hoffman-Gampetro Antiques, New York, NY $400-600 85

A Continental Silver Filigree Wrist Ball Holder,

PROBABLY DUTCH, CIRCA 1830, of spherical form, the top and base with filigree flowerheads, the side with filigree leaf-tips, the matching bracelet form handle connected by four chains, marked on flange with import mark unclear. Diameter of holder 4 inches. $100-200 85

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A Continental Gilt Metal Mounted Porcelain Scissor Case, LIKELY 19TH CENTURY,

painted throughout to show floral sprays. Length 5 1/2 inches. $300-500 87

A Victorian Mother-of-Pearl and Jeweled Enamel Sewing Box, SECOND HALF 19TH CENTURY,

comprising a needle case, a scissor with steel blades, a hook with a steel blade, two star form winders, an agate thimble and a glass scent bottle, all within a fitted mother-of-pearl inset shell form ebony box. Height of box 2 x width 5 7/8 x depth 5 1/4 inches. $300-500

86

88

Three Victorian Ivory Bodkin Cases, LATE 19TH CENTURY,

each of cylindrical form, the first openworked to show foliate scrolls and birds, the second worked to simulate a basket weave, the third worked to show a nude maiden, a dolphin, floral baskets, and birds. Length of first 6 inches. $150-250

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91

89

90

91

A Victorian Mother-of-Pearl Sewing Kit and Lucet,

Three Victorian Spool Knaves,

A Collection of Sewing Tools,

LATE 19TH CENTURY,

the kit comprising steel scissors, a bodkin, a folding knife and a hook, all within a shaped mother-of-pearl veneered case mounted with a silvered metal plaque, the lucet of typical form. Length of case 6 inches. $200-400

LATE 19TH CENTURY,

19TH CENTURY AND EARLIER,

comprising a metal and bone example, a metal and mother-of-pearl example and an ivory example, together with three associated tools. Height of first 6 inches. $80-120

comprising a carved horn stiletto, a hanging pin cushion with scissors (18th century), a strawwork needle case, a sandalwood needle case (18th century) and a Turkish metal scissor case (18th century). Length of first 4 3/8 inches. $400-600

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92

92

An Elizabethan Silver Thimble, LATE 16TH CENTURY,

engraved with pointed strapwork and with irregular indentations, the top with two concentric circles, apparently unmarked. Height 1 inch. Provenance: By repute, this thimble was found by a mudlark in the Thames river $400-600 93

A James I Silver and Niello Thimble, EARLY 17TH CENTURY,

tall with slightly tapered sides, engraved irregular masonry form indentations and with linked niello lozenges against a pink ground, the top with a niello star, apparently unmarked. Height 1 3/16 inches. $3,000-5,000

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94

94

A Charles I Silver Thimble,

MAKER’S MARK L PELLET I, LONDON, CIRCA 1735,

with very slightly tapered sides, the lower body engraved with two shields enclosing initials MH and flanked by kneeling angels, also engraved with running furled leaf-tips, side with maker’s mark. Height 3/4 inches. Footnote: See Jackson’s, 1999, p. 117 $200-400 95

A James I Brass Thimble, EARLY 17TH CENTURY,

with slightly tapered sides engraved with square form indentations and swags. Height 1 1/8 inches. $50-70


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98

A James I Silver Thimble,

A James I or Charles II Silver Thimble,

EARLY 17TH CENTURY,

CIRCA 1635,

of tall, slightly tapered form, the sides and top engraved with square indentations, the lower body with a plain band engraved “LOVE GOD AB,” interior with maker’s mark IS in a shield (see Jackson’s, 1999, p. 102). Height 1 inch. $400-600

the lower body engraved with two heart form cartouches flanked by kneeling Cupids and scrolling foliage, side with maker’s mark. Height 5/8 inch. $300-500 99

A Rare Georgian Silver-Gilt Inner Thimble,

97

EARLY 18TH CENTURY,

A George I Silver Thimble,

MAKER’S MARK IG PROBABLY FOR JOHN GIBBONS, LONDON, CIRCA 1720,

the top and sides with irregular circular indentations, the lower body with a plain band between lobed borders, marked near rim with maker’s mark. Height 7/8 inch. Provenance: Gerald Sattin, London $400-600

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97

short with slightly tapered sides and a flattened seal top, the sides chased with a castle and Cupid placing a crown on a heart, inscribed “Sa Eidellite Le Merite,” the top with Cupid placing hearts on a table and the inscription translated to “I am Looking for a Faithful Friend,” apparently unmarked. Height 5/8 inch. $300-500

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98

99

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101

A George III Parcel-Gilt Silver Thimble,

A George III Silver Thimble,

LATE 18TH CENTURY,

LATE 18TH CENTURY,

in two parts, the outer silver shell with a basketweave top and filigree foliate scroll sides, applied with a vacant shield form cartouche, the removable gilt liner with plain tapered sides and a molded rim, apparently unmarked. Height 3/4 inch.

the plain top engraved with script initals ER, engraved near the base with name HANNAH SMITH, apparently unmarked. Height 7/8 inch. $100-200

Provenance: The Estate of Elizabeth Aldridge, London

A Silver Filigree Thimble,

Illustrated: Holmes, E.F., A History of Thimbles, p. 40 $300-500

100

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102 POSSIBLY ENGLISH, 18TH CENTURY,

short, with a running band of filigree scrolling foliage, apparently unmarked. Height 5/8 inch. $300-500

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104

103

104

A Silver-Gilt Filigree “Bird Cage” Thimble Holder,

A Silver Thimble,

PROBABLY ENGLISH, MID 18TH CENTURY,

PROBABLY ENGLISH, 2ND HALF 18TH CENTURY,

formed as panels of filigree scrollwork with a hinged lower body, apparently unmarked. Height 7/8 inch.

of tall form with steel top, the plain sides engraved in script “Sarah Shapley,” apparently unmarked. Height 1 inch. $200-400

Provenance: Purchased at Gray’s Market, London $300-500

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105

A Silver Thimble, POSSIBLY ENGLISH, LATE 18TH CENTURY,

engraved near rim with script inscription, apparently unmarked. Height 1 inch. $100-200

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108

106

106

107

A George III Silver Filigree Thimble,

A George III Silver Child’s Thimble,

LATE 18TH CENTURY,

LATE 18TH CENTURY,

of tall form, the lower body with a wide band of filigree scrolls and applied with an oval cartouche engraved with script initials MC, apparently unmarked. Height 1 inch. $250-350

the lower body with a band of scrolling flowers and foliage against a matted ground, side with maker’s mark script ?RP. Height 5/8 inch. $200-400 108

A George III Silver Child’s Thimble, EARLY 18TH CENTURY,

with ring form indentations, the lower body with a plain band and engraved with block initials IS, apparently unmarked. Height 1/2 inch. $300-500

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109

A Rare George III Silver and Enamel Thimble with Four Counters, CIRCA 1800,

the thimble with an opaque blue enamel band inscribed in silver “L’AMITIÉ VOUS L’OFFRE” between red enamel dot borders, the screw-off base with four disk form counters decorated with playing cards against a translucent blue enamel ground, apparently unmarked. Height 1 inch. Provenance: The Estate of Elizabeth Aldridge, London $500-700

110

110

A George III Silver Thimble, CIRCA 1800,

the lower body with a plain band engraved with block initials SL between incised bands, side with maker’s mark unclear. Height 15/16 inch. $150-250 111

A Victorian Silver Thimble, CIRCA 1840,

of tall form, the lower body engraved with bosses and floral and drapery swags, one side with a shield engraved PH to SW, apparently unmarked. Height 1 inch. $100-200

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112

A George III Pinchbeck Filigree Thimble, EARLY 19TH CENTURY,

with tall tapered sides with a wide band of filigree foliage, applied with an oval cartouche engraved with script monogram RBG. Height 1 1/16 inches. $100-200 113

A Silver and Two-Color-Gold Thimble, CIRCA 1830,

with a scalloped rim, bright-cut and engraved with a band of running flowers and applied with alternating yellow and rose gold flowerheads, apparently unmarked. Height 1 inch.

114

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Provenance: The Estate of Margaret Parshall $150-250


114

A George III Silver Thimble, LATE 18TH / EARLY 19TH CENTURY,

with a steel top, the slightly tapered sides engraved with a gate, potted trees and block initials AC, apparently unmarked. Height 3/4 inch. $200-400 115

A Regency Silver Filigree Combination Thimble, EARLY 19TH CENTURY,

the thimble with a wide band of scrolling filigree and applied with a vacant oval reserve, the screwoff base mounted with a cut glass perfume flask, apparently unmarked. Height 1 1/8 inches. $200-400 116

A George III Silver Thimble, EARLY 19TH CENTURY,

the steel top with concentric indentations, the body with a wide burnished band engraved with script initials GJ, apparently unmarked. Height 1 1/16 inches. $100-200

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119

121

A Silver Thimble,

A Georgian Silver Thimble,

A Silver Miniature Thimble,

PROBABLY ENGLISH, 18TH CENTURY,

EARLY 19TH CENTURY,

PROBABLY 19TH CENTURY,

with slightly tapered sides and ring-form indentations, the lower body with a vacant band between lightly tooled borders, interior with maker’s mark SB pellet below in a heart. Height 1 inch. $400-600

with tall tapered sides, the lower body with a wide band engraved with block initials AB and scallops enclosing lattice, apparently unmarked. Height 7/8 inch. $100-200

the tapered sides and top with regular indentations, the lower body with a plain band, apparently unmarked. Height 7/16 inch. $150-250

118

120

122

An English Silver Thimble,

A Gold and Enamel Thimble,

A Silver Thimble,

MAKER’S MARK ?IW., FIRST HALF 19TH CENTURY,

PROBABLY ENGLISH, 19TH CENTURY,

with plain sides, the upper portion with incised bands, marks very rubbed. Height 1 1/8 inches. $100-200

117

120

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AMERICAN OR ENGLISH, EARLY 20TH CENTURY,

the lower body with two fluted bands, marked on side with maker’s mark. Height 15/16 inch. $100-200

the lower body applied with a band of running foliage with translucent green enamel leaves and opaque white flower heads. Height 3/4 inch. Provenance: The Estate of Margaret Parshall $200-400

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118

119

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124

123

An English Silver Presentation Thimble, JAMES SWANN & SON, BIRMINGHAM, 1970

the plain lower body with a band engraved “Coventry MFP 1970,” fully marked. Height 1 7/8 inches. Provenance: The Estate of Margaret Parshall $20-40 124

A Georgian Gold Thimble, 18TH CENTURY,

the plain tapered sides engraved with band of leaf-tips and bosses, molded rim and intented steel top, apparently unmarked. Height 7/8 inch. $300-500 125

A George III Gold, Enamel and Pearl-Mounted Thimble, CIRCA 1800,

tall with slightly tapered sides, the lower body with a navy enamel band and pearl-set motto “PROFITEZ DE TEMS” bewteen narrow light blue and white enamel bands, the rim mounted with pearls, in a fitted green shagreen case, apparently unmarked. Height 1 1/8 inches. Provenance: Asprey & Co., London Countess Elizabeth Waldegrave (1760-1816), 4th daughter of John, 3rd Earl Waldegrave, Lady of the Bedchamber to Princess Charlotte, eldest daughter of King George III and Queen Charlotte By repute, this thimble was given by Queen Charlotte to Lady Waldegrave $500-700

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127

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127

A William IV or Early Victorian Vari-Color Gold, Turquoise and Pearl-Mounted Thimble,

An Early Victorian Vari-Color Gold and Turquoise Thimble,

CIRCA 1830-40,

CIRCA 1840,

with scalloped rim, the lower body with matted band mounted with turquoise flowerheads with pearl centers and applied with green gold vines and rose gold leaves, also with a vacant cartouche, apparently unmarked. Height 7/8 inch. $300-500

the lower body applied with running green foliage and mounted with turquoise flowers having diamond centers on a matted ground, also applied with a vacant cartouche, with a faceted rim, apparently unmarked. Height 7/8 inch.

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130

A Swedish Vari-Color Gold Thimble,

A William IV or Victorian Vari-Color Gold and Gem-Mounted Thimble,

LATE 19TH CENTURY,

the lower body applied with grape bunches on running light green gold vines, apparently unmarked. Height 7/8 inch. $200-400 129

A Victorian 15-Karat Gold, Diamond and Ruby Mounted Thimble, HENRY GRIFFITH & SONS LTD., CHESTER, 1891,

the lower body with a matted band applied with lozenges mounted with alternating diamonds and rubies, marked on rim. Height 7/8 inch. Provenance: The Estate of Elizabeth Sickels $300-500

1825-50,

with a scalloped rim, the lower body applied with green gold acanthus leaves spaced by rubies, emeralds, garnets, amethysts and diamonds spelling REGARD, apparently unmarked. Height 7/8 inch. Provenance: James Robinson, New York, NY $400-600 131

A Rare Regency Rose Gold and Tortoise Shell “Piercy’s Patent” Thimble, JOHN PIERCY, LONDON, CIRCA 1816,

the tortoise shell body applied on one side in rose gold with Royal arms and supporters above strapwork engraved “Piercys Patent,” the opposite side with a coronet, having a rose gold top. Height 1 1/4 inches. $500-700

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131

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134

A Victorian Gold and Enamel Thimble,

A William IV or Victorian Vari-Color Gold Thimble,

MID 19TH CENTURY,

the lower body with opaque white enamel strapwork inscribed in gilt “SHE SEEKETH WOOL AND FLAX AND WORKETH WILLINGLY WITH HER HANDS” on a translucent blue enamel ground, apparently unmarked. Height 1 inch.

the lower body engraved with a band of leaves and applied with green gold foliage and rose gold flowerheads, also with vacant shield form cartouche, rim case with scrolls, apparently unmarked. Height 7/8 inch. Provenance: The Estate of Elizabeth Sickels $300-500

Provenance: James Robinson, New York, NY $700-900

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133

A German Parcel-Gilt Silver and Enamel Thimble,

A Rare Georgian Vari-Color Gold Finger Guard,

PROBABLY NUREMBERG, 16TH CENTURY,

EARLY 19TH CENTURY,

formed in three parts, with silver top and upper body and gilt lower body, the lower body applied with openwork blue, yellow and black scrolls and fully modeled flowers, marked on lower body with later control mark. Height 1 1/8 inches. $800-1,200

the rose gold front bright-cut and engraved with guilloché borders, the reverse yellow gold, apparently unmarked. Height 7/8 inch. Provenance: The Estate of Margaret Parshall $300-500

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134

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137

139

136

138

A Continental Brass Thimble,

A Spanish Gold Thimble,

17TH CENTURY,

LATE 18TH CENTURY,

the sides with dotted strapwork, the top with a stylized flower. Height 3/4 inch. $30-50

the upper body with two matted horizontal bands and the lower body with chevron bands, the top silver, rim with two dot marks. Height 7/8 inch. $300-500

137

A Continental Vari-Color Gold Thimble, PROBABLY FRENCH, LATE 18TH CENTURY,

the top with irregular indentations, the sides with a matted band applied with light green gold foliage, the plain rim applied with a vacant cartouche, apparetly unmarked. Height 3/4 inch. $300-500

139

A French Gold and Hardstone-Mounted Thimble, SECOND HALF 19TH CENTURY,

the thimble’s lower body with a band of alternating blue and pink cabochon hardstones against a matted ground, also applied with a vacant shield-form cartouche; side with French guarantee for second hand goods. Height 7/8 inch. $200-400

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140

140

A French Gold and Enamel Tatting Set, LATE 18TH CENTURY AND EARLIER,

comprising a pair of finger guards and an associated thimble, the finger guards of elongated cartouche form with translucent red enamel reserves decorated in gold with musical instruments and trophies and flanked by opaque white enamel beading, the thimble with openwork sides formed of acanthus scrolls, the rim engraved “SU-ANAMAWAN 1706,� top with an elaborate flowerhead, in a fitted red leather case, finger guards and thimble apparently unmarked. Height of finger guard 1 3/8 inches. Provenance: (Thimble) Asprey & Co., London $800-1,200

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141

143

A Louis XVI Gold Thimble,

A Continental Three-Color Gold Thimble,

LATE 18TH CENTURY,

LATE 18TH / EARLY 19TH CENTURY,

with fine regular indentations throughout, side with maker’s mark DG. Height 3/4 inch.

the top with irregular indentations, the upper body engraved with a band of flowers and inscribed “PASE A MOI,” above a wide band applied with running green gold foliage and rose gold flower heads against a matted ground, and applied with a cartouche engraved with monogram JCD, rim engraved with foliage, with later French import mark for 1864-93. Height 1 7/8 inches.

Provenance: The Collection of Cecile Dreesman $300-500 142

A Louis XVI Vari-Color Gold Thimble, EARLY 19TH CENTURY,

the lower body with a band of running green foliage below an applied shield form cartouche engraved with monogram JBL, marked near rim with indistinct French guarantee mark. Height 7/8 inch. $250-350

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142

Provenance: The Estate of Elizabeth Sickels $300-500 144

A French Vari-Color Gold Thimble, MID-19TH CENTURY,

the lower body applied with a band of running green gold foliage with rose gold flower heads against a matted ground, all below an applied cartouche engraved with initials SE, apparently unmarked. Height 3/4 inch. $200-400

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144

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A Continental Gold, Coral and Pearl-Mounted Thimble, MID 19TH CENTURY,

the lower body set with cabochon coral alternating with black and white pearls, apparently unmarked. Height 7/8 inch. $300-500 146

A Continental Gold Thimble, POSSIBLY DUTCH, 19TH CENTURY,

the lower body engraved with a band of flowers and foliage with incised borders, rim with oval mark unclear. Height 7/8 inch. $200-400 147

A French Vari-Color Gold Thimble, 145

19TH CENTURY,

the lower body applied with a band of green gold running foliage with rose gold flowerheads between narrow dotted bands, also applied with a vacant shield form cartouche, steel top, apparently unmarked. Height 7/8 inch. Provenance: The Estate of Margaret Parshall $300-500

146

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148

149

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149

A French Vari-Color Gold Thimble,

A French Gold and Enamel Thimble,

CIRCA 1800,

CIRCA 1815,

the rose gold body with a wide yellow gold band applied with green gold foliate festoons suspended by rose gold flowers and a vacant shield form cartouche, the rim cast with leaf-tips, the top with small irregular indentations, apparently unmarked. Height 1 1/8 inches.

the lower body with opaque white enamel band inscribed in gold “VIVE LE ROI” above a translucent blue enamel band inscribed “GAGE D’AMITIÉ,” steel top, apparently unmarked. Height 7/8 inch. $300-500

Provenance: Hoffman & Gampetro, New York, NY $400-600

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150

A French Vari-Color Gold Thimble, CIRCA 1800,

the rose gold body with wide yellow gold band applied with green gold stars and foliate festoons suspended by rose gold flowers and a vacant shield form cartouche, the rim with rope-twist band, apparently unmarked. Height 1 1/4 inches. $400-600 151

150

A French Vari-Color Gold Thimble,

PROBABLY MICHAEL VEYDER, PARIS, CIRCA 1826,

the lower body with a band of green gold foliage alternating with cabochon rubies on a matted ground, all below an applied shield form cartouche engraved with the name Sophie above a star, interior rim engraved with inscription dated 1826, marked near rim with maker’s mark and French guarantee. Height 7/8 inch. $400-600 152

A French Gold Thimble, 2ND HALF 19TH CENTURY,

engraved with bosses against a reeded ground between applied foliate bands and a strapwork cartouche enclosing the name “A MUSSET;” marked near rim with maker’s mark unclear and French guarantee mark. Height 1 inch. $200-400 151

153

A German 14-Karat Gold, Diamond and Sapphire-Mounted Thimble, 19TH CENTURY,

the sides with a band of bright-cut scalloped indentations and engraved with a countess’s coronet over initial P, the lower body with a band lightly engraved with faux bois and mounted with mine-cut diamonds alternating with cabochon sapphires, the top with a stylized flowerhead, side marked 585. Height 1 inch. Provenance: Hoffman & Gampetro, New York, NY $300-500

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154

155

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155

A French Three-Color Gold Tall Thimble,

A Swedish 18-Karat Gold Tatting Set,

CIRCA 1900,

1832, 1860,

the body with two horizontal bands of running green gold leaves and rose gold flowers against a matted ground and between incised borders, top with irregular indentations, apparently unmarked. Height 1 1/4 inches. $300-500

comprising a pair of finger guards and an associated thimble, the cartouche form guards engraved with horizontal panels of foliage, the thimble engraved with a rococo cartouche flanked by acanthus leaves and inscribed “I. Edbergh,” with indented carnelian top, in red leather case, finger guards with maker’s mark L.S., 1832, thimble with maker’s mark GAC, 1860. Height of thimble 7/8 inch. Provenance: James Robinson, New York, NY $800-1,200

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A Swedish Gold and Moonstone-Mounted Thimble, LATE 19TH CENTURY,

the plain sides engraved with a shield enclosing script monogram VR flanked by scrolling foliage, the top mounted with an indented moonstone, apparently unmarked. Height 7/8 inch. $200-400 157

A Swedish Gold and Moonstone-Mounted Thimble, 2ND HALF 19TH CENTURY,

156

with plain tapered sides and applied scroll rim, the top with a faceted moonstone, engraved with script initials E.W., marked on inside 585 N.H.. Height 7/8 inch. $200-400 158

A Swedish Gold and Moonstone-Mounted Thimble, LATE 19TH CENTURY,

applied with rope twist in the form of a coronet and a running foliate rim, the top mounted with a lightly indented moonstone, marked on interior with maker’s mark FH, city mark K and a 4 in a circle. Height 7/8 inch. $200-400

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159

A Swedish 18-Karat Gold and Amethyst-Mounted Thimble, CIRCA 1881,

the sides bright-cut and engraved with a band of interlocking scalloped and pointed strapwork below the name “Astrid”, the top mounted with an indented amethyst, marked on inside cover with maker’s mark GD&E, date letter, town mark M and 18K. Height 3/4 inch. $200-400 160

A Diamond and Ruby-Mounted Russian Gold Thimble,

MAKER’S MARK ET, ST. PETERSBURG, LATE 19TH CENTURY,

the plain tapered sides set with diamond and ruby monogram RM, side with maker’s mark, rim with city and standard mark and French import marks. Height 7/8 inch. $600-800 160

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161

A Japanese Mixed Metals Thimble,

with indentations at the top, the body depicting a continuous landscape. Height 7/8 inch. $80-120 162

A South American Gold Thimble, POSSIBLY PERU, LATE 17TH CENTURY,

the slightly tapered sides decorated with a large bird and flower amongst foliage, the top with irregular indentations, unmarked. Height 1/2 inch.

161

Detail of lot 161

162

Provenance: By repute, recovered from the 1715 Spanish Treasure Fleet by Mel Fisher $800-1,200


163

A South American Gold Thimble, 19TH CENTURY,

the sides chased with a large stork and a heart engraved with initials TM amongst scrolling foliage, all against a matted ground, the rim cast with scrolls, apparently unmarked. Height 3/4 inch. Provenance: Hoffman-Gampetro Antiques, New York, NY $250-350 164

A Gold and Diamond-Mounted Thimble, POSSIBLY AMERICAN, LATE 19TH CENTURY,

the lower body applied with a band of running flowers and foliage centered by a vacant cartouche, all on a matted ground, the rim mounted with minecut diamonds, apparently unmarked. Height 7/8 inch. $250-350

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165

A Mexican Silver Thimble, EARLY 19TH CENTURY,

the slightly tapered sides decorated with reeded, rope-twist and beaded bands, the cover with flutes, applied with a cartouche engraved with script monogram CFS, apparently unmarked. Height 1/2 inch. $100-200 166

An Incan Silver Thimble, CIRCA 1000 A.D.,

the slightly tapered cylindrical sides chased with flower heads alternating with leaves, the flattened top with irregular indentations, apparently unmarked. Height 3/4 inch.

165

Provenance: By repute, this thimble was discovered in the highlands of Tinua-aco on the border between Peru and Bolivia $200-400 167

A George III Silver Finger Guard, TAYLOR & PERRY, BIRMINGHAM, 1790-1810,

engraved with a flowerhead against a matted ground, with reeded ring, marked with maker’s mark. Length 1 inch. $100-200 168

A Dutch Silver Expandable Finger Guard, 19TH CENTURY,

the elongated oval form engraved with horizontal bars, the reverse engraved with script initials YT, marked on band with town mark, guarantee and 84. Length 1 1/4 inches. $100-200

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172

169

171

An Indian Silver Thimble,

A Turkish Silver Thimble,

LATE 19TH CENTURY,

19TH CENTURY,

embossed and chased overall in high relief with flowers and scrolling foliage, the top with a large flower head, having a scalloped rim, apparently unmarked. Height 1 15/16 inches. $100-200

the top with concentric circular indentations, the upper body with incised vertical bands above a horizontal band of running flowers, the rim cast with stylized foliage, interior with assay scrape, side with Tughra mark. Height 15/16 inch. $150-250

170

An Indian Silver Thimble, EARLY 20TH CENTURY,

chased overall with flowers and scrolling foliage against a matted ground, the top with a flower head, having an applied scalloped rim, apparently unmarked. Height 7/8 inch. $80-120

172

A Scandinavian Silver Thimble, EARLY 20TH CENTURY,

the lower body engraved with a band of scrolling foliage and a vacant cartouche, the rim cast with foliage, the top mounted with a lightly indented amethyst, marked 830, and with maker’s mark ELM in an oval. Height 3/4 inch. $100-200

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173

173

174

A Dutch Silver Thimble,

A German Silver and Amethyst-Mounted Thimble,

18TH CENTURY,

the lower body decorated with band of hounds chasing hares, apparently unmarked. Height 3/4 inch. $80-120

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EARLY 20TH CENTURY,

the lower body with a fluted band applied with floral swags, lightly indented amethyst top, side marked 800. Height 1 inch. $100-200

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175

A Continental Parcel Gilt Silver Thimble, POSSIBLY GERMAN, EARLY 20TH CENTURY,

the body engraved with a wide band of engineturned scallops, the top gilt, stamped 835, 8. Height 1 inch. $80-120 176

A Silver Thimble,

177

PROBABLY FRENCH, 19TH CENTURY,

with a steel top, the lower body engraved with stylized foliage and the letter I, marked near rim with maker’s mark and control mark, both unclear. Height 5/8 inch. $100-200 177

A Silver Thimble,

PROBABLY DUTCH, LATE 18TH/EARLY 19TH CENTURY,

etched with a band of running foliage against a dotted ground and with script initials HB, steel top, apparently unmarked. Height 7/8 inch. $100-200 178

A George III Silver Thimble,

SAMUEL MERITON II, LONDON, LATE 18TH CENTURY,

engraved overall with tiny lozenge form indentations, side with maker’s mark and later Dutch import mark. Height 3/4 inch. $250-350

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179

A French Silver Thimble, STEPHANE PRUDHOMME, PARIS, CIRCA 1940,

engraved with a continuous band of swimming swans against an engine-turned ground, side with maker’s mark and French guarantee mark. Height 7/8 inch. $50-70

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180

A Meissen Porcelain Thimble, CIRCA 1730,

with a continuous lower band of Chinoiserie figures preparing tea, embellished with birds and flying insects, having a gilt interior. Height 15/16 inch. $3,000-5,000

Detail of lot 180


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181

A Meissen Porcelain Souvenir Thimble, 19th Century,

having the inscription “Ich Dachte an Sie in Meissen� within gilt borders, the interior marked with crossed swords in underglaze blue. Height 11/16 inch. $500-700


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182

A Meissen Porcelain Thimble, CIRCA 1760,

having a continuous band painted to show two birds perched on branches with red berries and insects, with a gilt interior. Height 3/4 inch. $2,000-4,000

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A Meissen Porcelain Thimble, CIRCA 1765,

having silhouettes of a man and a woman within gilt borders and floral garlands, with a scalloped border and a gilt interior. Height 13/16 inch. Provenance: Christie’s Geneva, November 10, 1975 $4,000-6,000

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A Meissen Porcelain Thimble,

PAINTING IN THE MANNER OF JEAN-ANTOINE WATTEAU (FRENCH, 1684-1721), CIRCA 1740-1745,

having opposing lingzhi and floral motifs separating two scenes of couples among lush foliage, with a gilt interior. Height 3/4 inch. Provenance: Christie’s Geneva, November 10, 1975 $2,000-4,000


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185

A Meissen Porcelain Thimble,

BY REPUTE, AFTER A SERVICE MADE FOR AUGUSTUS THE STRONG, CIRCA 1735-1740,

with indentations above a continous landscape and boar hunt scene, having a gilt interior. Height 13/16 inch. Provenance: Christie’s Geneva, November 10, 1975 $3,000-5,000


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A Meissen Porcelain Thimble, CIRCA 1735-1740,

with indentations above a gilt-highlighted iron red ground with two cartouches depicting fruit still lifes, with a gilt interior. Height 3/4 inch. Provenance: Christie’s Geneva, November 10, 1975 $3,000-5,000

Detail of lot 187


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A Meissen Porcelain Thimble,

PAINTING ATTRIBUTED TO C.F. HEROLD, CIRCA 1740,

having a continuous band of Chinoiserie figures, Laub-und-Bandelwek motifs and the inscription “Je pense à vous” in iron red, with a gilt interior. Height 13/16 inch. Provenance: Christie’s Geneva, November 10, 1975 $4,000-6,000


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188

A Meissen Porcelain Thimble, CIRCA 1770,

the top painted to show a pair of flaming hearts above a garland of forget-me-nots, diagonal blue bands, the inscription “Mon Feu Durrera Toujours” and a green border, having gilt highlights and a gilt interior with a scalloped border. Height 3/4 inch. $3,000-5,000

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189

A Meissen Porcelain Thimble,

IN THE MANNER OF J.G. HEROLD, CIRCA 1735-1740,

having indentations above a continous band of Chinoiserie figures seated at tables among flowers, with additional figures of children within gilt borders, having a gilt interior. Height 13/16 inch. Provenance: Christie’s Geneva, November 10, 1975 $3,000-5,000

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A Meissen Porcelain Thimble, CIRCA 1740,

with indentations above a monochrome band of figures, buildings and encampments in a continuous landscape scene, having a gilt interior. Height 13/16 inch. $3,000-5,000


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A Meissen Porcelain Thimble, CIRCA 1765,

having a scalloped rim and a gilt interior, with indentations above a band of blue scale panels and exotic birds painted in the Sèvres taste, inscribed at the top “Je pense à vous.” Height 3/4 inch. $3,000-5,000

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192

A Meissen Porcelain Thimble, CIRCA 1735-1740,

having a continuous band of Chinoiserie figures holding fans among flowering plants in a courtyard setting, with a gilt interior. Height 7/8 inch. Provenance: Christie’s Geneva, November 10, 1975 $3,000-5,000

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A Meissen Porcelain Thimble, PAINTED BY B.G. HAUER, CIRCA 1735-1740,

with a diaper pattern band having two cartouches depicting Saxon miners, with gilt highlights and a gilt interior. Height 7/8 inch. $3,000-5,000

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194

A Meissen Porcelain Thimble, CIRCA 1735-1740,

the top with a quatrefoil depicting three figures above indentations, the lower section having a blue band with a gilt diaper pattern and four cartouches depicting harbor scenes, with a gilt interior, unmarked. Height 3/4 inch. $4,000-6,000

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195

A Meissen Porcelain Thimble, CIRCA 1735-1750,

having two circling phoenixes at the top above a continuous lower border depicting two dragons in iron red and gilt, with a scalloped rim and a gilt interior. Height 3/4 inch. $4,000-6,000

Detail of lot 196


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196

A Meissen Porcelain Thimble, CIRCA 1735-1740,

with a gilt foliate star at the top above a continuous band depicting figures in a harbor scene, having a scalloped rim and a gilt interior. Height 3/4 inch. $4,000-6,000


197

A Meissen Porcelain Thimble, CIRCA 1735-1740,

with a gilt foliate star at the top above interspersed indentations and the inscription “Mon Coeur est a Vous,” having gilt borders and a continuous grisaille harbor scene at the lower border, with a gilt interior. Height 3/4 inch. $4,000-6,000 198

A Meissen Porcelain Thimble,

PAINTING AFTER PETRUS SCHENK (DUTCH, 1660-1719), CIRCA 1740,

painted to show flowers, exotic birds and Chinoiserie figures, having a gilt interior. Height 3/4 inch. 197

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Provenance: Christie’s Geneva, November 10, 1975 $4,000-6,000

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A Meissen Porcelain Thimble, CIRCA 1740,

the top painted to show a butterfly above a continuous lower border of fowl, a scalloped rim and a gilt interior. Height 3/4 inch. $4,000-6,000

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A Meissen Porcelain Thimble, CIRCA 1735,

the top painted to show a spray of flowers above a continuous band of monochrome Chinoiserie figures, with a scalloped rim and gilt highlights. Height 3/4 inch. Provenance: Christie’s Geneva, November 10, 1975 $4,000-6,000


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201

A Meissen Porcelain Thimble, CIRCA 1740,

painted to show Harlequin on one side and Columbine on the reverse with the inscription “Toujours Fidele,” having a scalloped rim and a gilt interior. Height 1 inch. Provenance: Christie’s Geneva, November 10, 1975 $4,000-6,000

Detail of lot 202


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202

A Meissen Porcelain Thimble,

PAINTING ATTRIBUTED TO F.J. MAYER OF PRESSNITZ, CIRCA 1740-1745,

the continuous lower border with two reserves depicting a horseman and a seated figure in river landscapes separated by foliate scroll motifs, with the inscription “Je pense à vous” and a gilt interior. Height 7/8 inch. Provenance: Christie’s Geneva, November 10, 1975 $5,000-7,000


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203

A Meissen Porcelain Thimble, CIRCA 1740,

painted to show a flower at the top above a continuous band of Chinoiserie figures in a landscape with bridges, having a gilt interior. Height 3/4 inch. $4,000-6,000

Detail of lot 203


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A Meissen Porcelain Thimble,

PAINTING ATTRIBUTED TO J. G. HEROLD, CIRCA 1730,

with irregular indentations above a continuous band of Chinoiserie figures in a landscape with a bridge, having a gilt interior, possibly initialed within the supports of the bridge. Height 3/4 inch. $4,000-6,000


205

A Meissen Porcelain Thimble, CIRCA 1780,

having indentations above an orange band with three oval reserves depicting landscapes in monochrome black to gray. Height 3/4 inch. $3,000-5,000

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206

A Meissen Porcelain Thimble, CIRCA 1740,

the top painted to show a flower over indentations interspersed with gilt motifs, having a turquoise band with two cartouches depicting harbor scenes, outlined in gilt with a gilt interior. Height 3/4 inch. $3,000-5,000

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A Meissen Porcelain Thimble, CIRCA 1730-1740,

having an iron red band with three cartouches depicting landscapes, outlined in gilt with a gilt foliate border and a gilt interior. Height 7/8 inch. $4,000-6,000

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208

A Meissen Porcelain Thimble, CIRCA 1735-1740,

having a continuous lilac band with three cartouches depicting harbor scenes, outlined in gilt with a gilt interior. Height 7/8 inch. $4,000-6,000

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209

A Meissen Porcelain Thimble, IN THE MANNER OF J. G. HEROLD, CIRCA 1735,

having a continuous yellow band with two cartouches depicting Chinoiserie figures fishing at the bank of a stream, outlined in gilt with a gilt interior. Height 7/8 inch. Provenance: Christie’s Geneva, November 10, 1975 $4,000-6,000

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A Chelsea Porcelain Thimble, 18TH CENTURY,

having indentations above a continuous band of flowers painted on a white ground, with a gilt rim. Height 3/4 inch. $400-600 211

A Chelsea Porcelain Thimble, 18TH CENTURY,

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211

having a scalloped rim with green and gilt borders, painted to show birds and a conifer branch with the motto “Souvenez Vous de Moy.� Height 7/8 inch. $800-1,200 212

An English Porcelain Thimble, 19TH CENTURY,

decorated with insects, forget-me-nots and pink roses on a gilt-highlighted reserve within gilt borders. Height 13/16 inch. $150-250 213

An English Porcelain Thimble, CIRCA 1820,

having a continuous band of roses within gilt borders. Height 7/8 inch. $150-250 214

A Worcester Porcelain Thimble, 19TH CENTURY,

having gilt and jeweled decoration on a white ground. Height 1 inch. 212

213

Provenance: The Estate of Elizabeth Sickels $300-500 215

An English Porcelain Thimble, 19TH CENTURY,

painted to show a blue and green bird perched on a leafy branch, with gilt highlights. Height 15/16 inch. Provenance: D&M Manheim, New York, NY $200-400 216

Two English Porcelain Thimbles, 19TH CENTURY,

the first having alternating bands of gilt and cobalt decoration, the second a continuous band of blue flowers with gilt leaves. Height of taller 15/16 inch.

214

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215

Provenance: (Second thimble) The Estate of Elizabeth Sickels $150-250


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219

Two English Porcelain Thimbles,

Three English Porcelain Thimbles,

Three Continental Porcelain Thimbles,

19TH CENTURY,

19TH CENTURY,

19TH CENTURY AND EARLIER,

the first possibly Coalport and having scattered polychrome flowers on a white ground, the second having a band of pink flowers with repairs and overpainting noted, each with gilt highlights. Height of taller 1 3/16 inches.

comprising a Derby example painted to show floral sprays within gilt borders and two similarly decorated examples. Height of first 15/16 inch.

comprising an 18th century German example painted to show floral blossoms and two Paris porcelain examples, one painted to show floral sprays and the other painted to show a young boy and a bird, each on a green ground. Height of first 13/16 inch.

Provenance: The Estate of Margaret Parshall $250-350

Provenance: (Derby thimble) D&M Manheim, New York, NY (Other thimbles) The Estate of Margaret Parshall $300-500

Provenance: (German thimble) Deborah Gage, Old Bond Street, London Formerly in the Isaacson Collection (Other thimbles) The Estate of Margaret Parshall $500-700

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222

Two Continental Porcelain Thimbles,

A Worcester Porcelain Thimble,

18TH / 19TH CENTURY,

CIRCA 1825,

the first having an exotic bird on a pink reserve with gilt highlights, the second having polychrome flowers on a white ground with gilt highlights. Height of first 7/8 inch. $200-400

having polychrome flowers highlighted in gilt within gilt borders. Height 3/4 inch. $150-250

221

A South Staffordshire Enameled Thimble,

Four English Porcelain Thimbles, LATE 19TH CENTURY,

comprising a Derby porcelain example painted to show floral spandrels within gilt borders, bearing the Stevenson and Hancock mark to the inside, together with three other examples. Height of first 15/16 inch. Provenance: (Derby thimble) The Estate of Elizabeth Sickels $100-200

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223 FIRST HALF 19TH CENTURY,

having a gilt top with indentations over a cartouche depicting a figure in a landscape. Height 3/4 inch. Provenance: The Estate of Elizabeth Sickels $400-600


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226

A Chamberlain Worcester Porcelain Thimble,

Two English Porcelain Thimbles,

LATE 18TH / EARLY 19TH CENTURY,

19TH CENTURY,

having alternating diagonal orange and gilt bands on a white ground. Height 3/4 inch. $200-400

the first a Worcester example having branches of flowers and greenery within gilt borders, the second having roses painted on a white ground within gilt borders. Height of first 13/16 inch.

225

Two Worcester Porcelain Thimbles, 19TH CENTURY,

the first with three diagonal jeweled bands, the second with a shaped jeweled band at the lower border, each highlighted in gilt. Height of first 15/16 inch.

Provenance: (First thimble) DM&P Manheim, New York, NY (Second thimble) The Collection of Mrs. T.T. Greg, London $150-250

Provenance: (First thimble) DM&P Manheim, New York, NY (Second thimble) The Estate of Elizabeth Sickels $300-500

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Two English Porcelain Thimbles, 19TH CENTURY,

comprising a Worcester example worked to show violet lozenges on a gilt ground and an example worked to show a gilt wreath, together with a floral decorated example. Height of first 1 1/16 inches. $300-500 228

A Minton Porcelain Thimble, CIRCA 1820, 231

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having gilt coraline decoration on a peach ground. Height 1 inch. $100-200


229

A Frankenthal Porcelain Thimble, CIRCA 1745,

the upper section with scattered indentations above a red fish scale border outlined in gilt with painted flowers and a gilt interior. Height 3/4 inch. $350-450 230

232

A German Porcelain Thimble, LATE 18TH CENTURY,

with a band of iron red flowers and leaves within gilt borders. Height 3/4 inch. Provenance: By repute, formerly in the Doisteau Collection $300-500 231

An Austrian Porcelain Thimble,

ATTRIBUTED TO THE DU PAQUIER FACTORY, VIENNA, CIRCA 1723-1730,

with scattered indentations, a diaper pattern at the top and two floral reserves upon a diaper pattern band at the lower border, with a gilt interior. Height 3/4 inch. $150-250 232

A German Porcelain Thimble, POSSIBLY THURINGIA, 18TH CENTURY,

having a continuous band of roses at the lower border. Height 13/16 inch. Provenance: Deborah Gage, Old Bond Street, London, By repute, formerly in the Isaacson Collection $100-200

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233

A French Soft Paste Porcelain Thimble, MID-18TH CENTURY,

having polychrome roses on a white ground with the inscription “A La Plus Belle.” Height 7/8 inch. Provenance: A La Vielle Russie, New York, NY $100-200 234

A Sèvres Porcelain Thimble, 18TH CENTURY,

with continuous bands of blue flowers and gilt leaves, contained in a fitted reptile case. Height 3/4 inch. $400-600

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237

An American Silver Commemorative Thimble,

An American Silver and Enamel Presentation Thimble,

SIMONS BROTHERS CO., PHILADELPHIA, PA, 2004,

commemorating the 2004 Boston Convention, and with scenes depicting Paul Revere’s midnight ride, the State House and Old Ironsides, marked on interior. Height 7/8 inch. $50-70 236

An American Platinum Thimble,

SIMONS BROTHERS CO., PHILADELPHIA, PA, LATE 20TH CENTURY,

the lower body with a wide plain band engraved with block monogram BPR, marked on interior. Height 3/4 inch. $150-250

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SIMONS BROTHERS CO., PHILADELPHIA, PA, 2004,

the lower body with a plain wide band engraved “SPEAKER 2004” and applied with a circular black enamel plaque depicting a thimble with letters TCI below, marked inside cover. Height 3/4 inch. Footnote: This thimble commemmorates the 2004 Thimble Collectors International conference, where Ann Blakeslee Black was a speaker $50-70

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244

An American Silver Thimble,

An American Gold Thimble,

An American Silver Thimble,

19TH CENTURY,

18TH CENTURY,

the lower body with a wide engraved and bright-cut band having linked roundels enclosing flower heads and monogram CAW, the rim engraved with running foliage, size 5, apparently unmarked. Height 7/8 inch. $200-400

the top with irregular indentations, the plain sides engraved with script initials Y.B. above a narrow tooled band and molded rim, apparently unmarked. Height 3/4 inch. $200-400

242

An American Silver Thimble,

SIMONS BROTHERS CO., PHILADELPHIA, PA, CIRCA 1910,

the lower body with a wide plain band engraved with script monogram NHH, marked on interior. Height 3/4 inch. $50-70 239

An American Silver Thimble,

SIMONS BROTHERS CO., PHILADELPHIA, PA, CIRCA 1950,

An American Silver Thimble,

engraved with a wide band of daisies, size 9, marked on interior. Height 7/8 inch. $50-70

the plain tapered sides engraved with incised bands and initial W, apparently unmarked. Height 7/8 inch. $100-200

240

An American Silver Thimble, CIRCA 1825-50,

with a steel top, the plain sides engraved with block initials MDH, apparently unmarked. Height 3/4 inch. $100-200

MID-19TH CENTURY,

243

An American Silver Thimble, 18TH CENTURY,

the plain slightly tapered sides engraved with contemporary block initials MW and a pineapple flanked by leaves, apparently unmarked. Height 5/8 inch. Provenance: The Estate of Elizabeth Sickels $200-400

245 18TH CENTURY,

with plain slightly tapered sides and an incised base band, the top wrought with irregular indentations, apparently unmarked; 3.4 g. Height 3/4 inch. Provenance: The Estate of Elizabeth Sickels $100-200 246

An American Silver Thimble, 2ND HALF 18TH CENTURY,

the plain sides engraved in script HP Huit, apparently unmarked. Height 7/8 inch. Provenance: The Estate of Elizabeth Sickels $200-400

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A Rare American Gold Thimble, SAMUEL VERNON, NEWPORT, RI, CIRCA 1720,

with slightly tapered sides, the top and upper body with irregular indentations, the lower body with a plain band engraved with running foliage between narrow gadrooned borders, interior with contemporary block initials PS, marked on interior SV a pellet below in a heart. Height 5/8 inch. Provenance: Sotheby’s, New York, 30 June - 1 July, 1983, lot 92 $4,000-6,000 This thimble is particulary rare in that most thimbles made in the 18th century are unmarked, especially those made in America. Even in England, where there have been stringent hallmarking practices in place since the 14th century, thimbles were exempt from halllmarking laws due to their small size. A gold thimble by Jacob Hurd, circa 1730-40, is in the Garvan collection at the Yale Univeristy Art Gallery, and another attributed to Paul Revere Jr., circa 1805, is in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. The present thimble and the Hurd thimble at Yale appear to be the only surviving 18th century Massachusetts thimbles that bear hallmarks.

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A Rare and Important American Gold Thimble, ATTRIBUTED TO PAUL REVERE JR., BOSTON, MA, CIRCA 1805,

seamed, with slightly tapering tall sides and a molded rim, engraved with script initals LD, and with incised band below wrought domed top, apparently unmarked. Height 1 1/8 inches. Provenance: Christie’s New York, January 19, 1990, Lot 219 $8,000-12,000 A nearly identical gold thimble also attributed to Paul Revere, Jr., and engraved with the name of his daughter Maria Revere Balestier, is in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and is illustrated in Kathryn C. Buhler, American Silver 1655-1825 in the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Vol II, 1972, No. 423, p. 472. That thimble and the present thimble are the only two surviving thimbles attributed to Paul Revere Jr. Patricia Kane, in her directory Colonial Massachusetts Silversmiths and Jewelers, lists only four surviving attributed Massachusetts thimbles. Of these four, three are in the collections of Yale University Art Gallery, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Historical Society of York County, PA., making this the only attributed Massachusetts thimble in private ownership.

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A Rare American Rose Gold Thimble,

A Gold Thimble,

PROBABLY BOSTON, MA, CIRCA 1805,

POSSIBLY AMERICAN, 19TH CENTURY,

seamed, with tall slightly tapered sides and molded rim, engraved with script initials BH, engraved with incised bands below the wrought domed cover, apparently unmarked. Height 1 1/8 inches. $800-1,200

the lower body engraved “Julia Thompson” between two matted bands, apparently unmarked. Height 7/8 inch. $200-400

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A Gold Thimble,

PROBABLY AMERICAN, 2ND HALF 19TH CENTURY,

the sides engraved with Adam and Eve surrounded by flowers and foliage against a matted ground, also engraved with a strapwork cartouche enclosing the name “Delia,” size 5, apparently unmarked. Height 3/4 inch. $200-400

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252

An American Gold and Pearl-Mounted Thimble, LATE 19TH CENTURY,

the lower body applied with lozenges set with pearls and spaced by beaded scallops, faceted rim, size 7, apparently unmarked. Height 15/16 inch. Provenance: The Estate of Margaret Parshall $200-400 253

A Pearl Mounted Gold Thimble,

PROBABLY AMERICAN, LATE 19TH / EARLY 20TH CENTURY,

the lower body with a matted band and rim mounted with pearls, apparently unmarked. Height 7/8 inch. $100-200 254

An American Gold Thimble, EARLY 20TH CENTURY,

254

the lower body engraved with initial R and lattice panels against a matted ground, faceted rim, size 8, apparently unmarked. Height 3/4 inch. $100-200 255

An American 14-Karat Gold and Garnet-Mounted Thimble, SECOND HALF 19TH CENTURY,

the rim applied with a guilloché band mounted with cabochon garnets, marked on interior and stamped 14K. Height 13/16 inch. Provenance: The Estate of Elizabeth Sickels $300-500

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An American Ivory Thimble,

An American Scrimshaw Thimble,

PROBABLY NANTUCKET, 19TH CENTURY,

PROBABLY NANTUCKET, CIRCA 1800,

the lower border inset with paillettes, some now lost, having a gilt metal mounted rim. Height 3/4 inch. $100-200

with linear decoration and tinted indentations. Height 7/8 inch. $80-120

257

An American Brilliant Cut Glass Thimble,

259

A Vegetable Ivory Thimble,

19TH CENTURY,

the lower border etched illegibly and dated ‘84. Height 1 3/16 inches. $60-80

19TH CENTURY,

carved from a corozo nut. Height 1 inch. $80-120

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Other Materials Lots 260– 272

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264

A Tunbridge Wood Thimble,

A Continental Brass Thimble,

19TH CENTURY,

18TH CENTURY,

with a ribbed body. Height 1 inch. $20-40

probably used by sail makers, having an open top and salvaged from the wreckage of the Dutch ship Hollandia. Height 1/2 inch.

261

Two Ivory Thimbles, 19TH CENTURY,

comprising an English example carved to show a floral band and a French example with a gilt rim. Height of first 7/8 inch. $250-350 262

A French Mother-of-Pearl Thimble, LIKELY EARLY 19TH CENTURY,

having a gilt shield-form cartouche over two gilt metal bands, together with a Bohemian green glass example. Height of first 7/8 inch. $200-400

Provenance: Sotheby Mak Van Waay, Amsterdam, October 28, 1975 Footnote: The United East Indian Company’s Hollandia sailed from Holland on her maiden voyage to Batavia (now Jakarta) in 1743; some ten days later the ship sank near the Isles of Scilly. This thimble is reputed to have been recovered in 1963 by British diver Rex Cowan. $80-120 265

A Continental Guilloché Enamel Thimble and Thimble Case,

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266

A Gilt Metal Mounted Amber Thimble,

thinly carved, with a gilt top having indentations and a gilt ring at the rim. Height 15/16 inch. $400-600 267

A Carved Coral Thimble, 19TH CENTURY,

worked to show a continuous scroll border at the rim. Height 1 inch. Provenance: Betty Aardewerk Antiquairs, Leidschendam, Netherlands $300-500 268

Two Cut Glass Thimbles, 20TH CENTURY,

one a Waterford example, the other unmarked. Height of first 1 3/8 inches.

20TH CENTURY,

263

A German Wood Thimble, LATE 18TH / EARLY 19TH CENTURY,

having a gilt metal mounted rim. Height 1 inch. $50-70

the case of ovoid form, the thimble collapsible, worked in polychrome enamels on an ivory ground. Height of case 1 1/4 inches. $20-40

Provenance: (Waterford example) The Estate of Elizabeth Sickels $80-120

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A Chinese Spinach Jade Thimble, 20TH CENTURY,

of typical form. Height 7/8 inch. $30-50 270

A Swedish Vari-Color Gold Tatting Set, STOCKHOLM, 1797,

comprising two finger guards and a thimble, all applied with floral sprays of rose gold flowers flanked by green gold foliage, interiors engraved with monogram CCJ, thimble with steel top, in fitted black leater case, each with maker’s mark ?KHM, city, standard and date marks. Length of guard 1 1/4 inches. Provenance Christie’s, South Kensington, 14 July 1998, lot 200 $500-700

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271

Five Continental Gilt Metal Thimbles, 15TH/16TH CENTURY,

of various forms, two having foliate decorated bands. Height of tallest 7/8 inch. $100-200 272

Five Continental Bronze Thimbles, LIKELY 16TH CENTURY AND EARLIER,

comprising two Hispano-Moorish cone shape examples, two bell form examples, and another bell form example possibly of early Roman manufacture. Height of first 1 3/4 inches. $500-700

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japanese woodblock prints ONLINE ONLY JULY 7–14 | ONLINE AUCTION

english and AMERICAN FURNITURE AND DECORATIVE ARTS APRIL 29 | CHICAGO

fine furniture and decorative arts JULY 15–16 | chicago

MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ART MAY 15 | CHICAGO

Miniatures from the Collection of Cookie Ziemba and the Estate of Eunice Gold JULY 23 | chicago

FINE PRINTS MAY 15 | CHICAGO

Milwaukee Summer Auction JULY 25 | MILWAUKEE

AMERICAN AND EUROPEAN ART MAY 16 | CHICAGO

FINE SILVER AND OBJECTS OF VERTU MAY 20 | CHICAGO

Property from the Ann Blakeslee Black Collection of Thimbles, Needlework Tools and Vertu, Venice, Florida MAY 21 | CHICAGO

MARKETPLACE JUNE 4-5 | CHICAGO

DENVER SUMMER AUCTION JUNE 6 | DENVER

asian works of art from the collection of Phillip and Kay cha JUNE 11 | chicago

ASIAN MARKETPLACE JUNE 12 | CHICAGO

CLASSIC GLASS ONLINE ONLY JULY 7–14 | ONLINE AUCTION

Fine Books and Manuscripts August 6 | chicago

MARKETPLACE August 20–21 | chicago

Fine Jewelry and Timepieces September 7–8 | chicago

Luxury Accessories and Vintage Fashion Online Only September 5–9 | ONLINE AUCTION

American and European Art September 17 | chicago

MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ART September 18 | CHICAGO

FINE PRINTS September 18 | CHICAGO

ASIAN WORKS OF ART September 22-23 | CHICAGO


Auction Inquiries SPECIALISTS Client Services

Fine Silver and Objects of Vertu

Patty Dart Manager, Human Resources and Office Administration pattydart@lesliehindman.com 312.334.4208

Jill Waddell Director jillwaddell@lesliehindman.com

Emily Domiano Auction Coordinator emilydomiano@lesliehindman.com 312.334.4207 Jill Waddell jillwaddell@lesliehindman.com

Elise Moyer elisemoyer@lesliehindman.com 312.447.3261

CONSIGNMENT DEPARTMENT

Gia Spezia gia@lesliehindman.com 312.334.4219

Lauren K. Ross consign@lesliehindman.com 312.334.4202 Fine Art Zack Wirsum zachary@lesliehindman.com Corbin Horn corbinhorn@lesliehindman.com 312.334.4214

Alan Platt alanplatt@lesliehindman.com

OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

David Trujillo Account Executive davidtrujillo@lesliehindman.com 312.447.3264

Mara Maddocks Executive Assistant maramaddocks@lesliehindman.com 312.334.4201

ESTATES, APPRAISALS AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Grace Noell gracenoell@lesliehindman.com 312.334.4235 Colleen Gleason colleengleason@lesliehindman.com 312.447.3283 Bonnie O’Donoghue bonnie@lesliehindman.com 312.447.3293

ADMINISTRATION Accounting Christopher Reimann Director of Finance christopherreimann@lesliehindman.com 312.334.4205 Katherine Russian katherinerussian@lesliehindman.com 312.447.3263

Marketplace

Chelsea Lavin chelsealavin@lesliehindman.com 312.280.1212

Consignment Inquiries

Leslie S. Hindman President and CEO 312.280.1212

Lauren E. Shirk Account Executive laurenshirk@lesliehindman.com 312.447.3292

Cornelia van der Geest Account Executive cornelia@lesliehindman.com 312.334.4216

Asian Works of Art Phyllis Kao Director phylliskao@lesliehindman.com 312.447.3260 Cathy M. Zhu Account Executive cathyzhu@lesliehindman.com 312.334.4222 Fine Books and Manuscripts Mary Kohnke Director marykohnke@lesliehindman.com 312.334.4236 Kathryn Coldiron Specialist kathryncoldiron@lesliehindman.com

Julia Leveille Account Executive julialeveille@lesliehindman.com 312.334.4229

Will Sutherland Account Executive willsutherland@lesliehindman.com

Fine Furniture and Decorative Arts

Fine Jewelry and Timepieces

Mike Intihar Senior Specialist mike@lesliehindman.com

Alexander Eblen, G.G. Director alexandereblen@lesliehindman.com

Benjamin Fisher Specialist benjaminfisher@lesliehindman.com

Anne Farr Specialist annefarr@lesliehindman.com

Rachel Rand Account Executive rachelrand@lesliehindman.com 312.447.3290

Jamie Henderson Account Executive/Cataloguer jamiehenderson@lesliehindman.com 312.334.4226

Rosemary Cross Account Executive rosemarycross@lesliehindman.com 312.447.3280

Allison Shaw Account Executive allisonshaw@lesliehindman.com 312.334.4213

20th Century Decorative Arts

Tom Eitan Tashey, G.G Junior Specialist thomastashey@lesliehindman.com 312.334.4232

Rebecca Williams Account Executive rebeccawilliams@lesliehindman.com 312.334.4217

Luxury Accessories and Vintage Fashion Yanet Ramirez Director yanetramirez@lesliehindman.com 312.447.3288

REGIONAL AUCTION HOUSES Jim Sharp Director jim@lesliehindman.com 312.334.4203 Caitlin Cruickshank Account Executive caitlin@lesliehindman.com 312.447.3285 Alexandra Winters Account Executive alexandrawinters@lesliehindman.com 312.334.4205

Naples 1300 Third Street South, Suite 201 Naples, Florida 34102 239.643.4448

Palm Beach 1608 South Dixie Highway West Palm Beach, Florida 33401 561.833.8053

Milwaukee 525 East Chicago Street Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202 414.220.9200

Denver 960 Cherokee Street Denver, Colorado 80204 303.825.1855

REGIONAL OFFICES Palm Beach 324 Royal Palm Way Palm Beach, Florida 33480 561.833.8053

Regional Representatives Rockford, Illinois Janet Moore 815.399.3983 Mid Atlantic Roger Schrenk and Chris Fultz 703.217.3811 Ohio Macy Nyhart Hansen 513.560.3200

International Representative Tina Fisher Grow 561.315.9100

Ashley Chan, G.G Junior Specialist, Business Development Coordinator ashleychan@lesliehindman.com 312.334.4223

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Guide for Prospective Sellers Evaluation of Property If you have property you wish to sell, please call our Consignment Department at 312.280.1212 to arrange for a consultation. At that time, you may make an appointment to bring your property or photographs, along with any other pertinent information, to Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Inc. and we will be happy to provide you with complimentary estimates and advice. If you have a large collection, an appointment may be made to evaluate the property on-site. Fees for on-site visits may vary. Standard Commission Rates Our standard rate of commission is equal to ten percent (10%) of the hammer price on each lot sold for $5,001 or more; fifteen percent (15%) of the hammer price on each lot sold for $2,001 or more but less than $5,001; and twenty-five percent (25%) of the hammer price on each lot sold for $2000 and less with a minimum commission of $25 per lot sold. If your property fails to reach the reserve price agreed upon between you and Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Inc., you may be obligated to pay a reduced commission rate of five percent (5%) of the reserve price. Shipping Arrangements Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Inc. can advise you as to how to have your property delivered to our galleries. Packing, shipping and insurance are payable by the seller. In certain instances, packing and shipping costs may be paid by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Inc. and deducted from the proceeds of the sale. We may recommend packers and shippers, but we are not responsible for their acts or omissions. Appraisals Appraisals can be arranged for insurance, donation, estate tax, family division or other purposes. Appraisal fees vary according to circumstances. Please contact our Estates and Appraisals Department at 312.280.1212 for further information.

Guide for Prospective Buyers Conditions of Sale Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Inc. encourages all prospective buyers to read the Conditions of Sale printed in this catalogue. Exhibitions Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Inc. recommends that all prospective buyers attend the pre-sale exhibition prior to the auction. Staff members are available at our pre-sale exhibitions to advise prospective buyers on particular objects or on any aspect of the bidding process. Estimates Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Inc. provides catalogue descriptions and pre-auction estimates for each lot included in the sale. These estimates are a guide for prospective bidders. They are not definitive. All pre-sale estimates are subject to revision. Condition Reports We are happy to provide a condition report for lots with a low estimate of $300 and above. Nevertheless, intending buyers are reminded that condition reports are statements of our opinion only, and that each lot is sold “AS IS,” per our Conditions of Sale, as outlined in the back of this catalogue. All lots should be viewed personally by prospective buyers or their agents to evaluate the condition of the property offered for sale due to the highly subjective nature of condition reports. Bidding at Auction The highest bidder acknowledged by the auctioneer will be the purchaser. In addition to the hammer price, the buyer agrees to pay Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Inc. a buyer’s premium as well as any applicable taxes.

Bidding generally opens at half the low estimate and advances in the following order, although the auctioneer may vary the bidding increments during the course of the auction. The normal bidding increments are: $0-$200 $10 $200-$500 $25 $500-$1,000 $50 $1,000-$2,000 $100 $2,000-$5,000 $200 $5,000-$10,000 $500 $10,000-$20,000 $1,000 $20,000-$50,000 $2,000 $50,000-$100,000 $5,000 $100,000-$200,000 $10,000 Over $200,000 Auctioneer’s discretion

In-House Bidding Live bidding at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Inc. is by paddle only. Please register for a paddle at the entrance of the sales room. If you are the successful bidder, your paddle number and the hammer price will be announced by the auctioneer. Online Bidding Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Inc. allows absentee and live bidding through our website at www.lesliehindman.com as well as absentee and live bidding through third party online bidding providers which vary by sale. For more information regarding online bidding please visit our website at www.lesliehindman.com. Absentee Bidding If you are unable to attend an auction, you may use the absentee bid form provided at the back of this catalogue. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Inc. will exercise written order bids and telephone bids at no additional charge. Lots will always be sold as inexpensively as is allowed other bids and reserves as are on our books or bids executed in competition from the audience. Tax Exempt Notice Lots marked with an asterisk (*) are tax exempt as permitted by law.

Driving Directions/Parking From the WEST: Take I-290 east. Take the Paulina Street/Ashland Boulevard exit 28B. Stay straight to go onto West Congress Parkway. Turn left onto South Paulina Street. Take a slight right onto West Ogden Avenue. Turn right onto West Lake Street. Building will be on the left side at 1338 West Lake Street. From the NORTH/NORTHWEST: Take I-90/I-94 east toward Chicago. Take the Ogden Avenue exit 50A. Stay straight to go onto North Racine Avenue. Turn right onto West Lake Street. Building will be on the right side at 1338 West Lake Street. From the SOUTHWEST: Take I-55 north. Exit 292A I-90/I-94 W Wisconsin Follow I-90/I-94 W Wisconsin to the Lake Street exit 51A. Turn left onto West Lake Street. Building will be on the right side at 1338 West Lake Street. From the SOUTH/SOUTHEAST: Take I-90/I-94 west Follow I-90/I-94 W via the exit on the left toward Chicago Loop. Take the Lake Street exit 51A and turn left onto West Lake Street. Building will be on the right side at 1338 West Lake Street. Parking: Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Inc. has a private parking lot located on Ada Street, diagonally across the street from our entrance.

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Conditions of Sale LESLIE HINDMAN AUCTIONEERS, INC. AS AGENT The lots listed in this catalogue will be offered by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Inc. as owner or as agent for consignor(s) subject to the following terms and conditions. By bidding at auction you agree to be bound by these Conditions of Sale.

BEFORE THE SALE Prospective buyers are strongly advised to personally examine any property in which they are interested before the auction takes place. Condition reports are usually available on request, on lots with a low estimate of $300 and above. All lots are sold “AS IS” and without recourse and neither Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Inc. nor its consignor(s) makes any warranties or representations, express or implied with respect to such lots. Neither Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Inc. nor its consignor(s) makes any express or implied warranty or representation of any kind or nature with respect to merchantability, fitness for purpose, correctness of the catalogue or other description of the physical condition, size, quality, rarity, importance, medium, material, genuineness, attribution, provenance, period, culture, source, origin, exhibitions, literature or historical significance of any lot sold. The absence of any reference to the condition of a lot does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging. No statement, whether written or oral, and whether made in the catalogue, or in supplements to the catalogue, an advertisement, a bill of sale, a salesroom posting or announcement, the remarks of an auctioneer, or otherwise, shall be deemed to create any warranty, representation or assumption of liability. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Inc. and its consignor(s) make no warranty or representation, express or implied, that the purchaser will acquire any copyright or reproduction rights to any lot sold. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers Inc. expressly reserves the right to reproduce any image of the lots sold in the catalogue.

AT THE SALE Refusal of Admission Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Inc. has the right, at our complete discretion, to refuse admission to the premises or participation in any auction and to reject any bid. Registration before Bidding A prospective buyer must complete and sign a registration form and provide identification before bidding. We may require bank or other financial references. Bidding as Principal When making a bid, a bidder is accepting personal liability to pay the purchase price, including the buyer’s premium, all applicable taxes and all other applicable charges, unless it has been explicitly agreed upon in writing with Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Inc. before the commencement of the sale that the bidder is acting as agent on behalf of an identified third party acceptable to Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Inc., and that Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Inc. will only look to the principal for payment. Absentee Bids We will use reasonable efforts to carry out written bids given to us at least 24 hours prior to the sale for the convenience of clients who are not present at the auction in person, by an agent or by telephone. Bids must be placed in U.S. dollars. If we receive written bids on a particular lot for identical amounts, and these are the highest bids on the lot at the auction, it will be sold to the person whose written bid was received and accepted first. Execution of written bids is a free service undertaken subject to other commitments at the time of the sale and we do not accept liability for failing to execute a written bid or for errors and omissions in connection with the written bid. Telephone Bids On lots with a low estimate of $300 and above and if a prospective buyer makes arrangements with us prior to the commencement of the sale we will use reasonable efforts to contact them to enable them to participate in the bidding by telephone and we do not accept liability for failure to do so or for errors and omissions in connection with telephone bidding. These telephone bids may be recorded at the discretion of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers.

Online Bids We will use reasonable efforts to carry out online bids and do not accept liability for equipment failure, inability to access the Internet or software malfunctions related to the execution of online bids. Reserves Some lots in the sale are subject to a reserve which is the confidential minimum price below which such lot will not be sold. The reserve will not exceed the low estimate of the lot. Reserves are agreed upon with consignors or, in the absence thereof, the absolute discretion of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Inc. The auctioneer may open the bidding on any lot below the reserve by placing a bid on behalf of the seller. The auctioneer may continue to bid on behalf of the seller up to the amount of the reserve, either by placing consecutive bids or by placing bids in response to other bidders. With respect to lots that are offered without reserve, unless there are already competing bids, the auctioneer, in his or her discretion, will generally open the bidding at half of the low estimate for the lot. In the absence of a bid at that level, the auctioneer may proceed backwards at his or her discretion until a bid is recognized, and then continue up from that amount. Auctioneer’s Discretion The auctioneer has the right at his or her absolute and sole discretion to refuse any bid, to advance the bidding in such a manner as he or she may decide, to withdraw any lot, and in the case of error or dispute, and whether during or after the sale, to determine the successful bidder, to continue the bidding, to cancel the sale or to reoffer and resell the item in dispute. If any dispute arises after the sale, our sale record is conclusive. Successful Bid The highest bidder acknowledged by the auctioneer will be the purchaser. In the case of a tie bid, the winning bidder will determined by the auctioneer at his or her sole discretion. In the event of a dispute between bidders, the auctioneer has final discretion to determine the successful bidder or to reoffer the lot in dispute. If any dispute arises after the sale, the Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Inc. sale record shall be conclusive. Title passes upon the fall of the auctioneer’s hammer to the highest acknowledged bidder subject to the Conditions of Sale set forth herein, and the bidder assumes full risk and responsibility.

AFTER THE SALE Buyer’s Premium In addition to the hammer price, the buyer agrees to pay Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Inc. a buyer’s premium and the applicable sales tax added to the final total. The buyer’s premium for all purchases except via live online bidding is twenty-five (25%) of the hammer price up to and including $50,000; twenty percent (20%) of any amount in excess of $50,000 up to and including $1,000,000; and twelve percent (12%) of any amount in excess of $1,000,000. The buyer’s premium for purchases made via live online bidding is twenty-six (26%) of the hammer price up to and including $50,000; twenty-one percent (21%) of any amount in excess of $50,000 up to and including $1,000,000; and thirteen percent (13%) of any amount in excess of $1,000,000.

Payment The buyer must pay the entire amount due (including the hammer price, buyer’s premium, all applicable taxes and other charges) no later than 5 p.m. on the seventh (7) business day following the sale. Payment in U.S. dollars may be made with cash; bank check or cashier’s check drawn on a U.S. bank; money order; or wire transfer unless other arrangements are made with Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Inc. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Inc. reserves the right to hold merchandise purchased by personal check until the check has cleared the bank. The purchaser agrees to pay Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Inc. a handling charge of $50 for any check dishonored by the drawee. Tax Exempt Notice Lots marked with an asterisk (*) are tax exempt as permitted by law.

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Collecting Purchases Once Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Inc. has received all funds due to us, the buyer shall collect purchased lots within seven (7) business days from the date of the sale.

LIABILITY

Packing and Shipping If your bid is successful, we can provide you with a list of shippers. We will not be responsible for the acts or omissions of carriers or packers whether or not recommended by us. Property will not be released to the shipper without the buyer’s written consent and until payment has been made in full. Packing and handling of purchased lots by us is at the entire risk of the purchaser, and Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Inc. will have no liability of any loss or damage to such items.

Condition Reports Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Inc. is not responsible for the correctness of any statement of any kind concerning any lot, whether written or oral, nor for any other errors or omissions in description or for any faults or defects in any lot. Neither the seller, ourselves, our officers, employees or agents, give any representation, warranty or guarantee or assume any liability of any kind in respect of any lot with regard to merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, description, size, quality, condition, attribution, completeness, authorship, authenticity, rarity, importance, medium, provenance, exhibition history, literature or historical relevance. Except as required by local law any warranty of any kind whatsoever is excluded by this paragraph. Items under $1,000 are collated upon request.

Non Payment If we do not receive payment in full, in good cleared funds, within seven (7) business days following the sale, we are entitled in our absolute discretion to exercise one or more of the following measures, in addition to any additional actions available to us by law:

Purchased Lots If for any reason a purchased lot cannot be delivered in the same condition as at the time of sale, or should any purchased lot be stolen, mis-delivered or lost prior to delivery, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Inc. shall not be liable for any amount in excess of that paid by the purchaser.

a.) to impose a late charge of one and a half percent (1.5%) per thirty (30) days of the total purchase price

Legal Ramifications The rights and obligations of the parties with respect to these Conditions of Sale, the conduct of the auction and any matters connected with any of the foregoing shall be governed and interpreted by the laws of the jurisdiction in Illinois. If any part of these Conditions of Sale is found by any court to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable, that part shall be discounted and the rest of the conditions shall continue to be valid to the fullest extent permitted by law.

b.) to hold the defaulting buyer liable for the total amount due and to begin legal proceedings for its recovery together with interest, legal fees and costs to the fullest extent permitted under applicable law c.) to cancel the sale d.) to resell the property publicly or privately with such terms as we find appropriate, to resell the property at public auction without reserve, and with the purchaser liable for any deficiency, cost, including handling charges, the expenses of both sales, our commission on both sales at our regular rate, all other charges due hereunder and incidental damages. In addition, a defaulting purchaser will be deemed to have granted us a security interest in, and we may retain as collateral security for such purchaser’s obligations to us, any property in our possession owned by such purchaser. At our option, payment will not be deemed to have been made in full until we have collected funds represented by checks, or in the case of bank or cashier’s checks, we have confirmed their authenticity.

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f.) to not allow any bids at any upcoming auction by or on behalf of the buyer g.) to take other action as we find necessary or appropriate

Failure to Collect Purchases If property is not picked up within seven (7) business days following the sale, whether or not payment has been made, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Inc. reserves the right to charge $5 per lot per day or to deliver said property to a public warehouse for storage at the purchaser’s expense. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Inc. shall have no liability for any damage to property left on its premises for more than seven (7) business days following the sale. In addition, we reserve the right to impose a late charge of one and a half percent (1.5%) per month of the total purchase price if payment is not made in accordance with the conditions set forth herein. For property that is not picked up after thirty (30) calendar days, an additional administration fee of $75 will be charged. Property which is paid for but left on our premises for any reason in excess of sixty (60) calendar days is subject to sale by us with the balance of any funds recovered in excess of storage charges and any other fees being remitted to you.

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Online registration/bid requests must be received at least 24 hours before the auction begins. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Inc. will confirm all bids received by fax or by return email. Phone bids will not be accepted on lots with a low estimate below $300. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Inc. allows absentee and telephone bidding registration through our website at www.lesliehindman.com.

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A per lot buyer’s premium is added to the final hammer price as per the following:

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$0-$200 $10 $200-$500 $25 $500-$1,000 $50 $1,000-$2,000 $100 $2,000-$5,000 $200 $5,000-$10,000 $500 $10,000-$20,000 $1,000 $20,000-$50,000 $2,000 $50,000-$100,000 $5,000 $100,000-$200,000 $10,000 Over $200,000 Auctioneer’s discretion For absentee bids, indicate your limit for each lot. Your bids will be executed at the lowest prices allowed by reserves and competing bids. If we receive more than one bid of the same value, the first one received will take precedence.

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Bidding generally opens at half the low estimate and advances in the following order, although the auctioneer may vary the bidding increments during the course of the auction. The normal bidding increments are:

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Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Inc. is not responsible for failure or other inadvertent errors relating to the execution of your bids.

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Sale 343 | The Ann Blakeslee Black Collection of Thimbles, Needlework Tools and Vertu, Venice, FL