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Vinaigrettes & Thimbles

There was a gold and enamel posy holder in a London salesroom last week, which reached the high price of £2000 plus auction fees. There were some nice vinaigrettes selling for over £300 each, and card cases with raised scenes on them always in the £1000 bracket. It is good to know objets de vertu are holding their prices. Silver thimble cases often fetch more than thimbles. There are several interesting items in the Thimble Society pipeline so tune in regularly. Collectors don’t always appreciate the careful restoration and preservation needing to be done, tiny cracks or tears have to be stopped, stains gently removed and polishing done. Do not use silver wadding to clean as it removes silver, especially on silver plate.

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