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Beautifully Carved Vegetable Ivory Thimble Holder with Thimble
This is a really beautifully carved vegetable ivory thimble holder or case. It dates to around the late 1800’s. The top screws off and holds a thimble inside. These were also used to hold small spools of thread. Vegetable ivory is a product made from the very hard white seeds of certain palm trees. Species in the genus Phytelephas, native in South America, are the most important sources of vegetable ivory. The thimble holder measures approximately 3” long and 1 ¾” in diameter at its widest point. There is a small black spot on one end that lightened up a little when cleaned but did not completely come off. There is some cracking on the inside the case. There is a little chipping on the carving and at the base. The thimble has a little damage on the rim. Please see all photos.
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Eileen & Harold Arena, Old Bridge, NJ
Specializing in primitives, porcelains, antiques, costume jewelry and unusual collectibles.
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