Charles Horner (1837–1896) was an English jeweller and founder of the Halifax jewellery business Charles Horner of Halifax. Located in Halifax, West Yorkshire, just down the road from us here at Antiques at the Mill. The Charles Horner factory produced a range of products during the 20th century, together with other items like silverware, tableware and clocks.
Horner is best known for his or "Dorcas" or "Dorcasä" thimbles, which solved the problem of the previous soft, silver thimbles by containing a sandwich of strong steel and an outer decorated silver layer.
The company is also known for hatpins, a collection of which, not dissimilar to the ones we have listed, were shown on the BBC television programme 'Antiques Roadshow' in May 2013.