Item ID:113548631630
Seller ID: rcaraway2012
Listing Type: Fixed Price Item
List Date: 01/12/2019
End Date: 01/12/2019
Category: Silver, Sterling
Location: Houston, Texas
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Beautiful sterling silver thimble-world's columbian exposition

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Made by the Simons Bros. Co. for the Columbian Exposition in 1893, this very desirable thimble is unmarked, but documented in Gay Ann Rogers' book “American Silver Thimbles.” Simons actually made two versions of this historic thimble – a patented version, and an unpatented version. This is the unpatented version. The lettering reads “1492 World's Columbian Exposition 1892”. It is marked as a size 8. The Columbian Exposition was held in Chicago in 1893. Although originally planned for 1892, it's opening was delayed almost a year. More than 27 million people attended in just six months, making it an astronomical success. Simons Bro. & Co. set up an exhibit that included a beautiful mahogany shop front, where thimbles were displayed for purchase by the public. Simons also created a display showing how they actually made these Columbian Exposition thimbles. Workmen at the Exposition applied the band design, added knurling, and burnished them. Spectators were able to purchase thimbles such as this one, actually made on site, in one of the two Columbian Exposition designs. None of these on-site made thimbles were marked with the Simons name.

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