Now, the lack of a hallmark makes this one a bit trickier.
Charles Horner sterling silver pin, dating from the. As I mentioned Charles Horner was the chap who invented silver thimbles with an inner steel core.
An illustrated collection of silver marks listed, with their meanings, in alphabetical order.
Charles Horner amethyst paste Art Nouveau brooch, antique. Compulsory hallmarking of British silver thimbles came into effect in.
One of his aunts left us a silver thimble, Another fabulous seller was a guy called Charles Horner. Welcome to our fine antique jewellery and antique Silver website. When all silver over a certain weight had to be assayed for the purity of the silver used.
Charles Horner (1837–1896) was an English jeweller and founder of the Halifax jewellery business Charles Horner of Halifax.
Horner's business was founded in the 1860s and was based at 23 Northgate, Halifax. Among its better-known jewellery lines were enamelled Art Nouveau pendants and necklaces, twisted silver wire and glass paste 'knot' brooches, and silver hatpins. These solved the problem of the previous soft, silver thimbles by using a sandwich of strong steel and sterling silver layers.
This was for a minor improvement, the provision of thicker material at the top of the thimble, the area of most wear.