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By Simon Wesson
Monday, April 30, 2012
GOLDEN thimbles, which have been hand-crafted by a Potters Bar goldsmith, are to be presented to the Queen.
Marking the Diamond Jubilee, prize-winning goldsmith Harvey R Sillis has created the 22mm- high carved pieces as a gift.
The Queen will receive two 9ct gold thimbles, one commemorating her Golden and the other her Diamond Jubilee.
The Golden Jubilee design carries the emblems for the four nations of the UK – the Rose for England, the Thistle of Scotland, the Leek of Wales and the Shamrock of Ireland.
The Diamond Jubilee thimble has been carved with the Queen’s personal Coat of Arms together with the King Edward throne and of the orb, crown and sceptre used at the Coronation. It also features a cut diamond set into its top.
Harvey said: “I am a great fan of the thimble and have created various different commemorative designs during the past 20 years, many of them for Royal occasions.
“These, together with my diamond jewellery commissions, have undoubtedly done much to help build my reputation as a creator of unusual bespoke designs.”
A self-confessed monarchist, Harvey said he has gifted the thimbles as he has done “extremely well over the years from commemorating Royal occasions”, and in 1971 was lucky enough to work on a commission for the Queen creating a processional cross for use in the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace.
He added: “This Jubilee is such a hugely unusual historical occasion that I felt I would very much like to give something back to the monarchy by making my own personal contribution to the Royal archive.”
As well as presenting the Queen with the pieces, which will be contained in a hand-tooled, red-leather, presentation box, replicas of both will be on sale to the public – prices start at around £175 for the silver version rising to £1,500 for 9ct gold.
Harvey, who has picked up a number of awards from the Goldsmiths Craft Council for Jewellery Design and Manufacture, added: “I very much doubt if the Queen has ever had much occasion to sew, but she is undoubtedly of a generation of woman who did and many of her contemporaries will own much-prized, favourite thimbles.
“I hope the craftsmanship of my thimbles will give Her Majesty pleasure and will act as an unusual and long-lasting souvenir for her, and her family, of her many years on the throne.”