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How old are these thimbles?

Mass-produced copper-alloy thimbles dating to c. 1750-1900. From left, SWYOR-56DBD2, SUSS-6AF575, SUSS-DC9CF3, IOW-734EED (with inscription FORGET ME NOT). These thimbles are very common, and are less than 300 years old.

What is a thimble?

By the mid-seventeenth century, thimbles are characterised by almost parallel sides, waffle or ring-shaped body indentations and strap-work decoration, often in the form of a chevron or ‘Z’ shape.

What is the difference between 18th and 19th century thimbles?

Later 18th- and 19th-century thimbles have no ridge or other division between the top and the sides, and the top has a distinctive square ‘waffle’ pattern. As time goes on, they can become very flimsy, but most have rims that have been turned out, giving extra strength to the base.

Do Thimbles have indentations on the sides?

During the 15th century, thimbles can still have indentations in vertical rows on the sides, but they also start to have indentations in a spiral running upwards towards the left. Spirals are hard to describe, as they run one way when described top to bottom and the other way when described bottom to top.

How have thimbles evolved over the years?

Through the years, thimbles have evolved in a number of ways. Both the materials used and the means of production have changed. Thimbles have gained new uses and become primarily decorative and collectible rather than merely practical. Early thimbles had to be sturdy because homespun fabric was coarse and needles were rough and unfinished.

Are thimbles collectible?

There are many collectible thimbles on the market, both new and in antique and thrift stores. You will need to do some research to determine if your collection has any notable value.

How can you tell what country a thimble is from?

5 A few factors that can help determine the country in which a thimble was made include: Markings, size, numbering, shape and decoration. Often marks for French and English makers appear on the band of a thimble, while those of German origin show up on the second row of knurlings (the indentions on the side of thimbles).

What is the difference between early and later thimbles?

After the 18th century, machines were invented to produce thimbles. Because they were no longer made by hand, the shape and the thickness of the metal changed. Early thimbles tend to be quite thick and to have a pronounced dome on the top. Later thimbles are thinner and have a flatter top.

What are the characteristics of a thimble?

They tend to have grooves around the rim, and small, often widely spaced circular indentations in irregular vertical rows on the sides and in concentric rings or a spiral on the top. The centre of the top may be bare of indentations, and may also have a small central hole, possibly to help hold the thimble still while punching the indentations.

What are Thimblettes used for?

Thimblettes (also known as rubber finger, rubber thimbles and finger cones) are soft thimbles, made predominately of rubber, used primarily for leafing through or counting documents, bank notes, tickets, or forms. They also protect against paper cuts as a secondary function. Unlike thimbles, the softer thimblettes become worn over time.

What kind of thimbles are used for sewing?

Brass and silver-plated silver thimbles are mostly used for sewing. These thimbles will have either a flat or domed top that may or may not have a hole in it to allow moisture to escape. If the thimble does not have a hole in the top, the tip of your finger will become wrinkly after a long sewing session.

What is the history of the Thimble?

Domed thimbles come into common use in Europe in the 14th century; the first reference to a Nuremberg thimble-maker is from 1373 ( Read 2018, 31). 14th-century thimbles are generally short and wide. They can either have straight tapered sides and pointed tops, or curved sides and top (often almost hemispherical).

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