The Thames Tunnel Thimble

The Thames Tunnel was designed and built by Anglo-French engineer Marc Brunel. Twenty years in construction, it finally opened on March 25 1843. Although it was designed to ease the flow of traffic from the South to the North bank of the river, it quickly became a great tourist attraction and one of the twin tunnels was opened to pedestrians. Market stalls were soon set up inside the tunnel selling a range of souvenirs, now avidly collected.

This brass thimble commemorates the visit of Queen Victoria on July 26 1843. To my knowledge there are two designs and it was made in silver as well as brass. To find one is nowadays a rarity.



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