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The "Piercy's Patent" thimble, from around 1820, keenly sought after by collectors and seldom seen. The body is tortoiseshell with an applied royal crest and emblems in gold; the top is capped in silver. Although hardly a practical design its manufacture was the subject of an 1816 patent granted to John Piercy. This also covered other materials such as turtle shell, horn and leather.