Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Filigree Thimble & Smelling Bottle Set**

Filigree thimble with smelling bottle insert, c. 1780-1800.
Private collection.

In 1779 Matthew Boulton's Soho sold a number of silver and gilt 'Filligree Thimble & Smelling Bottle' sets to Thomas and Theophilus Richards, who ran a fine toy-shop on High Street, sometimes called the 'Birmingham in Miniature'. Silver filigree was exempt from being marked, so it is hard to trace who manufactured it, but the object above is likely to be of Birmingham manufacture.

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