Circa: Early Victorian
Cut: Half Round
Material: 15ct Yellow Gold
Measurements: 23 mm length, 19 mm width
An exquisite early Victorian 15ct gold coral thimble. This solid gold thimble features 15 half round natural coral stones each measuring approximately 3.00 mm in diameter. To have owned a solid gold thimble of this calibre in England in the 1830s, you would have only belonged to the upper class. Sewing was a required skill in every middle and upper class household. Unlike today, clothing was regularly mended, altered and modified in all classes prior to the second Wold War. This thimble is in perfect condition. It appears that its owner may have considered it too special to be used as it has no visible signs of wear. Accompanied by its original case made by Lambert Goldsmiths of London.
The Victorian Period (1837 - 1901):
The Victorian Period defined by none other than Queen Victoria herself, had three stages - the Romantic, the Grand and the Aesthetic.
It was during the Romantic era that Queen Victoria married her Prince, Albert. Sentimental motifs such as; hearts, lover’s knots, flowers, bows, crescent moons and particularly serpents (which was subject to Queen Victoria’s engagement ring which represented enduring love) became extremely popular in jewellery design. Cameos, Enamelling and the use of bright coloured gemstones such as; garnets, amethysts, turquoise, pearls and diamonds gave way to the creation of jewellery that was beginning to speak a symbolic language of its own.
The Grand era was a sombre period which saw Queen Victoria mourning the death of her beloved husband Albert. It encompassed 20 years during which time Victoria would only wear black and mourning jewellery. As a result the Whitby Jet industry flourished and onyx and deeper coloured garnets rose in popularity. Rings, lockets and brooches were commissioned with compartments for a lock of a loved one’s hair and were often engraved with the person’s name, age and date of death.
The Aesthetic era saw a return to the light-heartedness of the Romantic Era. The discoveries being made through archaeology led to an Etruscan Revival with Greek, Roman and Renaissance influences becoming apparent in jewellery design as well as symbols of good luck and fortune.