Dating charles horner silver
As the Dorcas thimbles were partly steel they could not be hallmarked, even though the silver layers were of sterling.
Previous cones had been partially sheathed in brass.
The same partners were also granted another patent, for a similar idea of layered metal protection formed by the presswork with which they were already familiar.
This was for a long-lasting yarn spindle or 'cone', where the boxwood cone was sheathed entirely in brass.
I hope that this will prove to be a useful reference for charm collectors... The ten point star, set with various coloured stones and the thistle are possibly the most popular of their charms.
The stamp is usually a plain 'CH' in a rectangle, alongside the metal purity mark, the assay office mark and the year of manufacture mark. Founded by silversmith and enamel artist Fritz REU.The two most commonly seen marks are the paint palette and brushes encircling TLM, which gave way to T.