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Hand Painted Silk Pin Disc and Simons Bros Sterling Silver Thimble, Size 12

Measures:  2”

This pin disc is in very good condition.  The colors and flowers are vibrant and highly visible.  I think the flowers are iris but that is open to interpretation!  There are several glass head pins along the velvet edge. The tiny loop is in place.  There is some wear to the silk, to be expected.  I believe this dates to the 1800’s.

The thimble is hallmarked in the apex, Simons Bros.  The size 12 and “Sterling” are on the band.  Simons Bros of Philadelphia, PA was founded in 1839 by George Washington Simons. At that time, they were manufacturers of gold and silver thimbles and pencil cases.  The company grew rapidly from there, expanding to include many gold and silver items including (!) tooth and ear picks, earrings and finger rings. 


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