In the 18th and early 19th century, and for those that had the means, there was nothing ordinary about their everyday objects. Implements were often crafted in gold and silver, often breathtaking in artistry and in their attention to detail. Today, they are a wonder, for their modern counterparts are mass produced and usually made of plastic.
For the sewing collector, jewelry or antique lover, either for wear or display, these two Georgian era gold adornments are comfortably nestled within their original fitted leather, velvet and silk box.
Both are worked in 14k two-colored gold, rose and yellow. Carnelian adorns the top of the thimble. It is carved with the characteristic dimples utilized to expediently push sewing needles into fabric. Alternating decorative and textured patterns with highly polished areas, the thimble is beautifully tapered.
The ring was placed on the finger to prevent needles from piercing the skin. The size is small to fit on the end of a finger. However, it is easily re-sized to be worn as a finger ring. Mirroring the thimble, the same patterns are evident.
Dating to circa 1790-1800, these two are truly little gems that have survived over 220 years and are ever more charming given their antique box.
Note: Did the grand dame deign to touch her own sewing? Most young ladies were trained in the art of embroidery and needlework so possibly. The set may have adorned a dresser as these appear as if it was hardly used.