Rare Dolly Varden Thimble Sterling Stern Bros, Antique Sewing Thimble Seamstress, Charles Dickens Barnaby Rudge Dolly Varden Musical Theatre

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This rare antique sterling silver sewing thimble was created by Stern Bros to celebrate the 1902 musical Dolly Varden, based on the character in the 1841 Charles Dickens novel Barnaby Rudge. Varden was well known as being quite flirtatious, wearing her flashy attire and colorful dresses. The raised head of Varden in her bonnet is repeated six times on the band of the thimble.

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Measurements: 13/16” high (20mm).

Weight: 5.5 grams

Size: 7

Markings: stamped inside the top with the Stern Brothers fouled anchor hallmark, 7 (the size), Sterling, Dolly Varden.

Condition: some bending along the bottom edge which makes the thimble off round, minor needle marks, softening to the high spots.

This will be shipped with Signature Confirmation and full insurance.


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