francesca and other character head thimbles

There has been an increase in interest in collecting thimbles where the shape is predominant. Most of these thimbles are not being produced nowadays, so it is very difficult to obtain a complete listing. This is the list to date, but I know it is possibly not complete. It only covers thimbles that are made from china and porcelain, so though there are pewter thimbles in many shapes, they are outside the scope of this study. For completeness sake, I have included examples of all the head-shape thimbles known to me and these do not cover all figurals. These have come from various catalogues of the time, which is always a good source, or from items that I have had for sale over the years. I presume Francesca pioneered this trend in thimbles?

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Francesca character head thimbles

This section is included for completeness. There seem to be far more of these brands around today on the second hand market. The fact that many of the characters are identical to those made by Francesca is interesting. Were they trying to cash in on the popularity of thimble collecting during the 1980s?


It is very concerning to me how many new "brands" are appearing for sale on eBay! Did Francesca and Sutherland [in approximately 2002] leave so many unpainted and unmarked thimbles when they closed, that "new" manufacturers are placing their own brand names into these thimbles and maybe they are being handpainted today??!!

Buyer Beware!!


Maybe buy handpainted thimbles and not the white versions, so that you have the joy of the handpainting?? - without the eyes being painted , the characters are "lifeless" - and a backstamp is vital.



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Other character head thimbles

In 2015 pewter character heads began to make their appearance for sale on eBay. Some have minor handpainting trims.

  Pewter character head thimbles


I have included these unmarked thimbles for completeness - are the kings part of a larger set?



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Character head thimbles with no maker's marks