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The only other Revere Thimble is a nearly identical example which is housed in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Only four attributed to Massachusetts are known to exist, the other three Colonial Thimbles are in museum collections, making this thimble the only one left in private ownership.

Blakeslee Black began her collecting odyssey around 1961, travelling the world in her search for the rarest and the best. Her collection includes 272 lots of fine needleworking tools, vertu objects and thimbles in materials ranging from porcelain to silver, gold and platinum. Highlights in the auction includes 18th Century American gold and silver thimbles, English and Continental silver and gold thimbles from the 16th Century through to the 19th and a selection of 29 Meissen porcelain thimbles of the 18th Century.

The sale includes a rare early American gold hallmarked thimble by Samuel Vernon of Newport. Few hallmarked thimbles are known to exist, since even in England thimbles were exempted from hallmarking standards due to their small size. The only known surviving 18th Century Massachusetts thimbles bearing hallmarks are the Veron Thimble and later gold thimble by Jacob Hurd in the Garvan Collection at Yale.

Meissen porcelain thimbles are incredibly rare, it has been said that few more than 250 18th Century examples are extant today, and Ms. Blakeslee Black's collection inlcudes 29. These tiny porcelain collectables were never meant for practical use, but rather as luxurious status symbols and showmanly examples of extraordinary workmanship. Even under magnification, the quality of the painting is outstanding, having certainly been executed using single strands of hair.

Previews for the auction will begin on16th May and continue until 20th. Check all lots here.

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