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Australian aluminium advertising thimbles

February 2015 - last updated 9 August 2020

Having covered brass and sterling silver advertising thimbles in earlier thimble topics, it is time for me to focus on a different medium and come closer to home, here in Australia.

Brass advertising thimbles

January 2009 - last updated 15 July 2021

Most thimble collectors will know of aluminium advertising thimbles which were produced in their millions, mainly in the 1920s and 1930s. There are thousands of different advertising brands available and it would be such a difficult topic for me to tackle - especially to find photos. I do have a database of different aluminium brands and there are currently 1350 on it. Most of these thimbles originate in the USA for American brands and adverts.

- British royalty on thimbles - 

October 2006 - December 2020 - last updated 26 July 2021 

I wasn't a thimble collector when the first thimbles appeared for the most important commemorative event in the modern era of thimble making. I am talking about Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee in 1977. The exquisitely-made sterling silver thimbles by James Swann & Son must surely be one of the most well-known modern thimbles and shortly after I became a thimble collector in 1984, one joined my collection. It is still the only silver royal commemorative I own. The next huge occasion for commemorative thimbles in the United Kingdom was the marriage of Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer in 1981 and I eagerly sought one of these thimbles for my collection in 1984.

British sterling silver placename thimbles

April 2005 - last updated 21 June 2021

What do British seaside holiday resorts have to do with thimbles? There are many British silver thimbles made in the late 1920s by Henry Griffith & Sons, with names of placenames or towns which include seaside resorts, that have now become collectable in their own right. The placename is lettered in upper case in relief around the band of the thimble. Occasionally the name is lettered over vertical striations. I have noticed that some placenames are enclosed within inverted commas or quote marks eg "Stratford-on-Avon". 'Rhyl' has an asterisk at either end - others may have this as well. Only 'Stratford-on-Avon' has the lettering in smaller print than the standard.

Charles Horner Ltd sterling silver thimbles made with other sponsor’s marks

April 2020 - last updated 14 July 2021

Horner took out a patent (No. 8954 of 1884) for his steel-lined thimbles and they were lettered PAT. (being the abbreviation for Patent) with a size number alongside. This enabled him to provide the beauty of sterling silver - with the strength of steel which was sandwiched between two layers of silver. In some of his early advertising Horner uses the term “armour plating” to describe these thimbles. I have never been able to establish when the term Dorcas was first used for these thimbles. In 1905 they took out another patent, No. 5115, which was their Improvements design. This was also to prevent other manufacturers copying their new way of creating these thimbles for a further period. To distinguish his designs from his competitors, Horner registered his thimble designs (RD) and even named them. This would give Horner the jump he needed to stay ahead of his competition. Even that early, he was superb at marketing for his share of the market.

Charles May's silver and gold thimbles

June 2003 - last updated 26 March 2021

Charles May was not one of the most prolific Victorian silver thimble makers; Charles Horner of Halifax and the Birmingham silver thimble makers (Henry Griffith, James Fenton and James Swann) were much bigger producers. Because of this Charles May thimbles make a nice niche collection. He was different from most of the English Victorian thimble silversmiths: in that, he didn't work in Birmingham. May was London-based and he registered his maker's mark at the London assay office. The firm had two primary places of manufacture in London: Shoreditch, and later in Hackney. Gold and silver thimble making was their primary manufacture.

- Christmas thimbles -

June 2003 - last updated 26 July 2021

I used to have a thimble stall at a series of collectables fairs where one of the prerequisites was to produce a display. The fairs were themed and one of my most popular displays featured Christmas thimbles. It was fairly simple, using a small Christmas tree as the backdrop and displaying the colourful thimbles that usually depict Christmas. From that display seeds were sown as to how easy it was to have a collection within a collection. Thimble collecting with a theme is really popular. One of the most collectable is the annual Christmas thimble.

Coalport bone china thimbles

November 2004 - last updated 18 May 2021

I have always been attracted to good quality English china and Coalport bone china thimbles are no exception. Like Caverswall thimbles, they have a very identifiable shape. Coalport thimbles have domed apexes and rarely have gold-painted rims. The rim is flared and the china is slightly chunky, not being fine bone china. I am sure you too will recognise a Coalport thimble by its shape once you have looked at this page! Coalport China was founded in 1795 by John Rose and Edward Blakeway, tho the 1750 date appears as part of their backstamp. The Coalport China Museum in Ironbridge is the site of the Coalport Pottery at Colebrookdale, Shropshire.

Dorcas thimble boxes

September 2004 - last updated  28 June 2021

In 2000 the members of the Needlework Tool Collectors Society of Australia [NTCSA] made their Dorcas thimble boxes available for recording. Lee Bateman and Sue Gowan undertook this to coincide with Lee's presentation on Dorcas thimbles. It is only with a good quantity of items for comparison, that any research becomes possible. Copies of the photographs were placed in the library of the NTCSA and a second set given to the Dorset Thimble Society. Originally the boxes were photographed against a ruler, but this has not proved satisfactory in showing the actual measurements of the boxes.

Easter thimbles

April 2003 - last updated 13 July 2021

There is a growing trend to have collections within thimble collections and a small, specialised themed area is Easter thimbles. For thimbles to fit within this category they should be dated. This then qualifies them both as commemorative as well as Easter thimbles. The Thimble Guild of Biggar in Scotland has featured Easter thimbles in their catalogues over the years. These seem to be undated or only produced for one year. If the thimbles are not branded, it is difficult to track the makers after the event.

Felix Morel's brass thimbles

March 2021 - last updated 28 June 2021  NEW

I always felt that the output of thimbles by Felix Morel was too big a project to tackle as a topic. Once I began tho, this topic just flowed. I became fascinated by the scope and range of his thimbles. How he developed his prodigiously creative talent over a period between June 1987 and February 2002 took me on a marvellous journey. How can I be so precise? That was the period which was covered in detail by The Thimble Guild where Morel became more than a valuable supplier – they saw him as their friend from Bath until his retirement.

- Francesca and other character head thimbles -

September 2002-June 2020 - last updated 14 July 2021

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?

Gadget thimbles

March 2003 - last updated 29 June 2021

A collection of gadget thimbles would form a niche within a collection. It wouldn't be a large collection, judging by the number of identical gadget thimbles repeated throughout the thimble literature, but it would be of great interest. Some sources list these as gimmick thimbles, but the usual terminology is gadget. Gosh - in the 13 years since I created this topic, the number of gadget thimbles has ballooned. Most of the gadgets are made of cheaper materials - i.e. brass and metals - as they were meant for sewing. Where the country of origin is known, the USA predominates. It is so difficult to tell what most of these gadgets are made from, so I have grouped those together with a similar function.

Graham Payne

July 2013 - last updated 29 June 2021

Graham Payne was a freehand handpainter in miniature on thimbles - so talented, which is borne out by the fact that he painted both china and enamel thimbles. The earliest thimbles I can find are dated 1981. Payne who was based in Grimley, Worcester, used several different Payne backstamps and a date is mostly incorporated alongside. Note the date alongside each photo to give a timeline.  Most have the “e” in Payne joined by an underscore which includes the date

The Hallmarked thimbles of the World's Great Porcelain Houses

July 2005 - last updated 4 January 2020

After the success of the 1980 Franklin Mint Porcelain Houses of the World set of thimbles Thimbles of the World's Greatest Porcelain Houses, this set of 50 thimbles, entitled The Hallmarked Thimbles of the World's Great Porcelain Houses was commissioned by the Thimble Collectors Club in 1985. The striking difference between this set and the earlier one, is that the thimble design is largely made up of the enlarged backstamp, registered mark or hallmark of the porcelain house being portrayed. Obviously there are a few thimble houses that are duplicated from the first set, but this collection is more representative of the large range of firms making thimbles in the mid-1980s - a decade later most of them no longer produced thimbles or even existed. This list also reflects many of the thimble houses that formed part of the Thimble Collectors Club, who issued monthly thimbles to the members of their Club. As well as issuing monthly thimbles, the TCC also offered special sets for sale. This Hallmarked set is one of many offered.

Interesting lettering & symbols on thimbles

April 2015 - last updated 2 July 2021

Are you fascinated by various lettering – not the hallmarks nor the maker’s marks – but something more specific - on your thimbles? Sometimes it is lettering of a commemorative or an historic event, others just inscribed with some unusual words or symbols. None of the following thimbles fall into any previous Learn More About…Thimbles topics: not advertisements, slogans, scenic, placenames, patents, brands etc. Some of the lettering is on a badge that has been affixed/applied – probably done at the time of the commission?

Marks on British silver and gold thimbles

November 2002 - last updated 16 July 2021

Compulsory hallmarking of British silver thimbles came into effect in 1884 when all silver over a certain weight had to be assayed to test for the purity of the silver used. Before this time is was optional to mark them, as thimbles weighed less than the required amount for assaying. Thimbles have to be 925 of 1000 parts silver (i.e. .925) to have an assay mark applied. The Lion passant is the hallmark symbol used to indicate this. In Dublin the Lion passant is replaced by Hibernia. When the silver is purer than sterling silver i.e. 950 of 1000 parts silver, the Britannia mark is used.

Metal egg-shaped thimble holders

April 2018 - last updated 18 July 2021

I have done a thorough search for information in the printed needlework tools literature for any shred of information on these gorgeous little metal thimble holders. There is virtually no information, save from a few photos in black and white. No mention of where or by whom they were produced. Holmes has the most detailed information but there are no accompanying photos.

“Typical of the late Victorian period is a range of small thimble cases made of metal sheeting in the shape of an egg or rectangular box fitted with a small metal chain. The sheeting, which was impressed with a light design, was molded to shape and held within a brass framework. The inside fittings designed to hold the thimble were made of cardboard and other similar materials in bright colours. These cases, which were available as cheap souvenirs, were made to hold a brass thimble and were sold, it is believed, from 1890 to 1910.”

 - Modern British thimble makers 1960-2020 -

March 2016 - last updated 14 July 2021

I think it’s time to showcase the skills of the modern British silversmith who has produced thimbles over the last fifty years. With a very small output, by comparison with the silversmiths of yesteryear, these thimbles are largely handmade or machined in non-factory settings. From 1976, all assay marks must be re-registered every ten years. I wonder how many of the following silversmiths have needed to do this? You won’t find any Chester assay marks in this section as the Chester Assay Office closed in 1961.

'Mother' thimbles

May 2003 - last updated 3 June 2021

Mother's Day is celebrated around the world on the second Sunday in May. The exception to this is the United Kingdom, who celebrates Mothering Sunday on the third Sunday in March. Is it because of the importance of Mothering Sunday in the UK that the branded china thimbles are all British-made? Some thimbles are lettered "To Mother" with the date; others just have "Mother" plus the date. There are not many thimbles made with 'Mother' on them. Caverswall, with their dated series, has the biggest selection that runs parallel with its Easter and Christmas series.

Peter Swingler's handpainted thimbles

June 2017 - last updated 18 July 2021

Swingler’s thimbles are very different from those of Crummles and Payne. Theirs are made of enamelling on brass and there were several enamelling handpainters involved in the creation of their thimble ranges. Swingler was an enameller and a freehand painter. He solely painted his enamelled miniatures over sterling silver thimbles. Peter’s miniature painting is so fine that it was only accomplished with the use of a magnifying glass.

Pewter thimbles makers from around the world with their marks

November 2020 - last updated 14 July 2021

When I created the topic Marks on British silver thimbles, in 2002 I never dreamt it would be the most visited section in my Learn More About … Thimbles topics. I am hoping to fill a gap that has long existed in creating a similar database for pewter marks – this time from around the world. Maybe it too can become the source for thimble marks on pewter?

Pewter thimbles began to appear for the thimble collectables market – ie thimbles not made to sew with – in the late 1970s. That and the following decade were the heyday for the makers and collectors of this medium. Many were handpainted, had figures atop (also known as toppers). Now we can look back on 100,000’s of pewter thimbles!

Queen Victoria commemoratives

2013 - last updated 18 July 2021

I recently won a sterling silver thimble on eBay that commemorated the visit of Victoria & Albert to Scotland in Sept 1842. This thimble was an exciting find for me, as we had just returned from the most wonderful cruise in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. This has prompted me to update the chapter of Dorothy Friend's British commemorative and souvenir thimbles of 1987. Her chapter 2 is entitled 'The years 1837-1901' which covers the entire reign of Queen Victoria.

Retail jeweller's thimble cases & boxes

April 2019 - last updated 21 July 2021

Over the last 24 years I have concentrated on thimble topics that have largely focussed on the thimbles found in collections. Now it is time to focus on the small thimble boxes and cases that made their appearance in the mid-Victorian era, thru to the beginning of the 20th century and the Edwardian era – used by retail jewellers for presentation of a quality item – an early tangible form of promotion and marketing, that could hold a treasured item safely for years. It is the names of the jewellery stores and their addresses that form a link to the past and their current existence 100 years on. The thimbles were made of sterling silver and gold tho they form an incidental part of this study. At least half of the thimbles are still in their original cases. It’s lovely to realise when the thimble is still in its original box!! ..Many jewellers did go to the expense of having their cases or boxes personalised. Looking online to see if these Jewellers still operate, it seems clear to me that these were single family businesses and so didn’t continue for more than one generation?

Royal Albert bone china thimbles

April 2008 - last updated 12 October 2019

There is very little available about English Royal Albert bone china and their production of thimbles. According to the accompanying leaflets for the TCC thimbles, the company was founded in 1896 by Thomas Wild, in Longton, in the English Potteries. They became part of the Royal Doulton group in 1964. The part of the name 'Albert' is named from Albert, the Prince who was to become George VI. Currently Royal Albert is part of the Wedgwood group. It was sad news indeed to read that in this first week of 2009 of the Waterford-Wedgwood group being placed into liquidation. This group includes Royal Doulton, Royal Albert and Rosenthal. Only time will tell what will happen now. So much of all these brands is already being made offshore.

Royal Crown Derby thimbles

September 2005 - last updated 6 December 2020

William Duesbury founded the Derby porcelain factory back around 1750 in the town of Derby in England. In 1770 and 1776 Duesbury expanded by buying up the Chelsea and Bow factories. There were no thimbles produced by Royal Crown Derby [RCD] until the 20th century around 1983. They were taken over and owned by the Royal Doulton Group [of Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire] from 1985. The Doulton stable thru mergers included Minton, John Beswick, Caithness Glass, Royal Crown Derby and Royal Albert. From 2000 Royal Crown Derby is once again an independent company. This is the same company that took over the Stevenson and Hancock factory in 1935, which had been operational since 1848.

Royal Doulton thimbles

May 2009 - last updated 12 December 2020

I was a collector of Royal Doulton china handpainted figurines, before I began collecting thimbles of any kind. These figurines are their most recognisable and collectable item, though there isn't anything that can be made of china or stoneware that hasn't been made by Royal Doulton!! I joined the Royal Doulton International Collectors Club, based in London, in 1983 and remained a member for 15 years. Once I became a thimble collector, I scoured the pages of their quarterly magazine for any mention or article on thimbles - in vain!!

Royal Worcester decal thimbles

February 2007 - last updated 30 May 2021

One of the first fine bone china thimbles produced for the collectables market is one with a decal by Royal Worcester. In 1974 this Bridal thimble (I am not sure whether it was named this or it has become known by this name by thimble collectors over the last 30 years) was issued and is one of the most recognisable thimbles from RW. This 1974 date is now no longer correct, as copies were received as early as 1960, by collectors who have contacted me.

- Royal Worcester handpainted thimbles -

October 2002 - last updated 29 July 2021

I have always had a deep love for handpainted Royal Worcester thimbles. My best find is an unmarked 19th century handpainted bird, with the lovely translucent porcelain of early Worcester's and the taller, narrow shape of their early thimbles. This was found here in Brisbane. It was sold to me as milk or opaline glass, a term I had never heard before - it is a term used for the translucent porcelain of 19th century Royal Worcester. Another term associated with early Royal Worcester porcelain, is blush, peach bloom or a biscuit finish, describing the warm creamy ground of the porcelain. It is rare to find that the apex has been gilded - usually a sign that it is not an early Royal Worcester thimble?

Samuel Foskett and Henry Foskett silver thimbles

October 2002 - last updated 27 May 2021

Henry Foskett was born in Iver, Buckinghamshire and baptised in April 1812. He was the son of Samuel and Mary Foskett. He married Eliza Ellen. He lived at 32 Great Sutton Street, Clerkenwell in London 1871 with his wife and nephew, Samuel (see below). He still lived there in 1881 and died in December 1885. Samuel Foskett was born in Limehouse, London, in 1848, the son of John Foskett [Henry's brother] and Sarah Scott. He married Elizabeth in 1871. In 1881 he lived with his family, including his three children, at 45 Essex Street, Islington. He still resided there in 1901. His eldest son, Samuel William Foskett, was a silversmith and his second son, Henry James Foskett, following in his father's footsteps, was a thimble maker.

Silver advertising thimbles - including jewellers and ships

February 2006 -  last updated 18 July 2021

Whilst I was researching the topics of silver British Placename thimbles and Thimbles with Slogans, I noticed a smaller grouping of silver thimbles with adverts and so my quest for information about Silver advertising thimbles began. Previously I thought that general products being advertised on thimbles were in the majority, with a few silver thimbles advertising jewellers. Exactly the opposite is true. The jewellers' thimbles are the most prolific, with 98% being for British jewellers.

Spode thimbles

March 2004 - last updated 15 March 2021

Josiah Spode founded Spode in 1776. His son, also Josiah, was responsible in 1797 for perfecting the process of adding bone ash to china clay to produce fine bone china, which is still used today as the benchmark for good china. This gives strength, whiteness and translucence to Spode china and this includes their thimbles. Spode underwent several name changes, according to von Hoelle, until William Copeland's son [Josiah's partner] took over the company in 1833 and from 1847 the name of the firm was Copeland. This name reverted to Spode in 1970 and thimbles, amongst other merchandise, were made in Stoke-on-Trent, England of fine bone china, from 1974.

Stratnoid thimbles and other tools

August 2003 - last updated 20 May 2020

The first thimble recorded in my thimble catalogue is for a thimble marked 'Stratnoid England', with the size 0-12. This is the thimble I use for any hand sewing, tho it is far too big for my finger. It was in a flat plastic needlebook, housed in an opening in the cover. I have no recollection how or when I received this sewing set, but it would have been in the late 1950s. I now have a set of the different sizes of Stratnoid thimbles. The name Stratnoid is pressed into the plain band, within a rectangular lozenge; England is underneath, with the size markings lettered at either end. There are also examples where the rectangular lozenge has a rounded top edge. Occasional examples exist of Stratnoid thimbles, where the name is stamped directly onto the band and not within a lozenge.

SylvaC thimbles

October 2004 - last updated 9 April 2020

The first time I saw SylvaC thimbles advertised, they were in Ruth Baum's Shopping Service in May 1981 and then in the spring 1982 issue. Ruth's mail order thimble company was based in London. I have since seen them for sale in the Spring 1978 issue of The Sewing Corner catalogue, from New York. Most of the following thimbles were offered for sale at the princely sum of #2.90 from Ruth: US$10 from New York. The nine animals' and buildings' names I have used are from Ruth's catalogue. There are no further details in the catalogue about SylvaC thimbles. I traced the three other designs thru the listing of products in Ashbrook and Verbeek's books. In 2000, Ashbrook valued SylvaC thimbles at #20-30 [US$30-50].

Thimble and needlework tools books

January 2003 - last updated 1 July 2021

I am often asked about thimble and needlework tool books: which ones to buy or where to purchase them. Being a librarian and being passionate about books, it is easy for me. I try to obtain a copy of each relevant title as it is published! Most of the books listed below are out of print, so you will have to look for those that interest you thru the second-hand market, which includes eBay. Where I know the books are still in print, I have listed them as such, with an address or email link where one is known and the ISBN [international standard book number which uniquely identifies each book]. Using this ISBN is the quickest in any search on the internet, if you are looking to buy.

- Thimble Collectors Club thimbles -

October-November 2003 - last updated 7 May 2021

The Thimble Collectors Club [TCC] came to my attention quite early on in my thimble collecting days - 1986. The glossy pamphlets that they issued promoted the idea of collecting "good" brands of china or porcelain from famous or often unheard of thimble china manufacturers. The added appeal was that on joining the Club one would automatically receive a new thimble every month. What a selection of high quality thimbles!! I lived in South Africa when I made my first enquiry about joining the Club, but I had no response to my application. I put this down to being where I lived. I have always enjoyed collecting Royal Doulton thimbles and once I knew that TCC had issued a thimble featuring Balloon Seller, I approached them again and was able to purchase this lovely thimble as a one-off, in October 1987.


February 2003 - last updated 27 March 2021

I have done a thorough search of all my thimble books and the internet and I was surprised to find how little information there is on thimblefuls. There are two photos in one of McConnel's thimbles books, which confirm my findings that the Thimble Society of London has rarely had any of these for sale. There are no examples in the book on Settmacher in Austria, but there is record of a German advertising thimbleful, made by Gabler. Where there are brief mentions in the literature, I have included the photos. Johnson lists them under 'Novelties and Oddities'. The exception to scant information is Holmes who has an entire chapter entitled 'Just a Thimbleful', which lends credence to collecting them. Gaussen maintains that thimblefuls are collected with sewing accessories because of their thimble shape.

Thimble societies and clubs from around the world

March 2005 - last updated 15 March 2021

To me it is the single most important part of my thimble collecting life to belong to as many groups as is practicable. I know there are many collectors who like to collect in private, or who would rather spend the membership fees on buying another special treasure. At grass roots, find a local group where you meet on a regular basis: for the fellowship and sharing of new finds and information. If there is a national group in your country, support it by becoming a member. Often there is a newsletter to keep you in contact, if you cannot attend in person and many of the organisations hold monthly, annual or biennial meetings or conferences and conventions. The friendships made over the years form the backbone of my thimble collecting. Join a group near you today or write away to join a group in another country.

Thimbles with slogans

November 2005 - last update 18 July 2021

I have always been fascinated with slogans, mementoes, inscriptions, mottos or keepsake messages on thimbles, with sayings using the language of love and chivalry. It was only when I acquired my first MIZPAH thimble, that I began to look at these thimbles with lettering around the rims, more closely. Mizpah is a Hebrew blessing "May the Lord watch between me and thee whilst we are absent one from another". [Genesis 31.v49] Go back in time, when women were closely chaperoned, to the Victorian era and picture a young man in love. How was he to plead his love? A gift of a thimble with a word or phrase was not too personal and if it was accepted, he knew he could then pay suit. So we get a glimpse of this bygone era and its manners with these unique themed thimbles. Some of these tokens of love were given when parting and there may be several sad stories attached to a few of these messages.

Victorian silver scenic thimbles and needlework tools

January 2008 - last updated 21 July 2021

My first English silver thimble with a wide scenic band in relief, was the one I bought for 'Windsor' and having done a bit of research, this seems to be the most popular design of this type of thimble, with many examples still in existence. Recently I was a very lucky girl when I received a thimble from a non-thimble friend [thanks Phil] - he found a treasure for me on a recent visit to South Africa. There is no lettering to identify the scene, but it shows a bridge scene on a very wide band, on a typical tall, narrow Victorian thimble. It turns out to be the Menai Bridge scene and in contrast to my first purchase, this is a rare example. I think two of these wonderful old thimbles is enough for my collection but it's been fun looking for what else was made and I hope you'll enjoy this small journey.

Wedgwood bone china thimbles

September 2006 - last updated 14 June 2020

It is four years now since I started my 'Learn More About...' topics and I have come a full circle by returning to Wedgwood thimbles - this page is not about the Jasperware Wedgwood thimbles, which I covered separately but about those made of Wedgwood bone china. Originally I listed these with the Wedgwood jasperware thimbles topic but there were no accompanying photos and it's time now to remedy that. Like the other iconic English china manufacturers such as Royal Doulton, Royal Worcester, Wedgwood has a large range of bone china decorative and serviceable ware and some of their thimbles are decorated with these patterns. These are decaled or transferware. Some of the dinner service or tableware patterns are replicated on thimbles - like Kutani crane and Osborne designs.

Wedgwood Jasperware thimbles

August 2002 - last updated 11 June 2021

Josiah Wedgwood founded Wedgwood at Burslem in 1754. Though factory records show that Wedgwood made thimbles in the late 18th century, it seems that none have survived. With the increase in popularity of thimble collecting, Wedgwood began to produce thimbles again in 1980. Wedgwood jasperware has been produced since 1774. Jasperware is matt stoneware made from Cornish clay that is coloured throughout the body and has an applied decoration or cameo of a contrasting colour. The most famous jasperware combination is a white cameo design on what has become know as 'Wedgwood blue'. The cameos are hand applied, as they have been since jasperware was first invented.

- Franklin Mint's Thimbles of the World's Greatest Porcelain Houses  -

January 2004  - last updated 9 February 2020

The August 1980 Franklin Mint "Thimbles of the Worlds' Porcelain Houses" set has proved to be a very popular set with collectors. Nearly 30 years after its release, this set is still marks the beginning of the collectable thimbles interest. It covered most of the thimble china and porcelain brands of England and Europe of the time. With the popularity of the Franklin Mint set, many of these china houses first made thimbles for this set and went on to produce thimbles for the next 10-15 years. Lladro of Spain produced their only thimble for the set and the Noritake and Lladro thimbles are the most sought after of the set. The Lladro differs markedly from the rest of the set. It is of bisqueware and the Lladro maker's mark or backstamp is incorporated within the design of two children playing. Love it or hate it?