Normal wear and polishing to the silver handles has made some elements of the hallmarks difficult to read but they are clear enough to see that they were assayed in 1898 in Birmingham - both handles are marked and you can piece together the elements enough to know that they were manufactured by Levi & Salaman (see pictures 6 and 7). Interestingly, both handles are also marked'STERLING' which is perhaps an indication that the item may have been manufactured with the American market in mind? The thimble is a size 15 and has an all over flower head design - the mouth of the thimble has a plain band of silver where the assay details are stamped.
From what I've seen it seems to be relatively common that the thimble in these sets are made by different manufactures - I don't know if this was because some silversmiths specialised in thimbles so the work was subcontracted out - or perhaps over the years the thimble goes missing and has to be replaced - I've found a couple of other sets by Levi & Salaman and both had different thimble makers. The thimble carries the marks of the silversmith, Henry Griffith & Son - as can be seen in picture 9 the date letter is virtually obliterated by age related wear and polishing - you can just make out the lion passant and the'lying on its side' Birmingham anchor mark would indicate a manufacture date before 1899 - both the scissors and thimble are a perfect fit in the case. The scissors measures 15.3cm in length and are 5cm across at their widest point - the weight of the scissors is 34.9g. The thimble measures 2.1cm top to bottom and is 1.6cm across its widest point - the weight of the thimble is 4.5g. The case measures 17.5cm in length and is 7cm across its widest point - the total unpacked weight of the cased set is 94.2g.
The inside of the case is very good with only a very minor flaw to the satin lining of the lid where there is a tiny tear to to the fabric which is literally a few millimetres in length. The scissors are in good order and still work very well - as noted above, there is some wear to the hallmarks but there is enough visible to ascertain when it was made and who made it - there's no splits or holes to the silver and there is a good patina - the steel blades are in good order and have only a small amount of darkening to the steel close to the handle. The thimble is in good order and retains an'in round' shape - there are no splits or holes to the silver - as noted above there is wear to the hallmarks but there is enough visible to know this is a late 19th century example. Please study the images provided to satisfy yourself as to the condition of the item - if you have any further questions please ask and I'll be happy to oblige. The item "Antique Victorian Cased Sterling Silver Sewing Set Scissors & Thimble 1898" is in sale since Monday, October 15, 2018.
This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Solid Silver\Other Solid Silver". The seller is "century-antiques-uk" and is located in Wigston. This item can be shipped worldwide.