Dating old thimbles
During the second half of the eighteenth century, manufacturers of metal buttons began to ‘brand’ their products by marking the backs with their names and often their addresses.
These ‘backmarks’ can provide useful information for dating the buttons, as details of the various companies, and when they were operating, can be found in contemporary trade directories and other documentary sources.
It should be noted that confirmation of a backmark does not imply confirmation of any dates associated with them.
In other cases, of course, there is a wealth of published information, and further details are often available from the sources cited at the end of the listing.
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It is also inevitable that the list will contain errors, both as a result of transcribing the information, and because of the use of secondary sources, which, as indicated above, are sometimes at variance with each other.