• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 5443

    Thimbles & Needlework Accessories

    30 October 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 135

    A German silver and silver-gilt thimble

    UNMARKED, GERMAN, PROBABLY NUREMBURG, LATE SIXTEENTH EARLY/SEVENTEENTH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A German silver and silver-gilt thimble
    UNMARKED, GERMAN, PROBABLY NUREMBURG, LATE SIXTEENTH EARLY/SEVENTEENTH CENTURY
    In two parts, the outer part with scalework indentations above a wide pierced border decorated with lovebirds, a heart and flower amidst scrolls, a bayonet fitting releasing a silver-gilt inner sleeve, the tip engraved with two arrow pierced flaming hearts and an inscription in German, loosely translated, "The details ever surprise", the side engraved with an insciption, loosely translated, "Loving and not being together, Heavens, it's painful for my soul" -- 7.8 in. (2.2 cm.) high


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    Special Notice

    No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 15% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.