Dating old thimbles

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They have been collated from a large number of sources over a long period of time, both documentary and from the buttons themselves, most of which have been recovered by metal detectorists.

In general, dates should be regarded as approximate, and not exclusive unless the context indicates otherwise.

The marking is invariably produced by die stamping, which is an inherent part of the manufacturing process, and backmarks produced in this way continue to be used to the present day.

The list that follows identifies British manufacturers and the backmarks they used from the earliest ones recorded until about the middle of the twentieth century.

It is the intention that the list will be periodically updated, as more of the backmarks are confirmed.

They also occasionally include a pictorial trademark, such as the Prince of Wales plume found on Jennens’ buttons from 1860.Professional dealers may join the ASCAS as collectors or for private interest on antique silver, but our website has no link with commercial firms or advertising objectives.Membership is absolutely free, but the association reserves the right to evaluate the requests for admission of its members.This typically includes dates when the companies were established, taken over or ceased trading.Known button types, associated with the maker, or with particular backmarks, are also noted where it is considered that they might be helpful.

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