learn more about 'Mother' thimbles
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. Some don't even contain 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 their Easter and Christmas series.
This is another series on a thematic thimble collection, and as such I have included thimbles, which feature Grandmothers and the pairs that represent Mothers and Daughters. I have noticed that the unbranded china thimbles often placed the word 'Mother' on the verso of their usual run of thimbles.
It is not surprising that there are no 'Father' thimbles - after all, it is the mother who is usually the sewer!!
I now discover that Hurley painted a Fathers' Day thimble in 1978!! It features a tailor sewing - and one design in 1981 of a train.
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This listing of 'Mother' Thimbles does not purport to be complete or accurate in all aspects.
Rather it invites comment and contribution to add to our knowledge.
My thanks to the contributors.
Charlotte Goldberg Hurley porcelain thimbles / TCI Bulletin winter 2009. p.10-11
The Sewing Centre, New York catalogues
The Thimble Guild, Scotland catalogues
This page would not have been possible without Sue Pickles
Thank you Sue for your generous help and sharing - Sue in turn had help from other collectors:
The Thimble Guild and all the members who wrote to Sue Pickles with so much valuable information
Others who helped Sue are Cathy Pezzotta | Jenny Yuhas | Pamela Bull | members of the Dorset Thimble Society
Ann Cooke | Mary Craft | Charlotte Goldberg | Lorraine Hatton | Kit Froebel | Doreen Lilley-Pricklepin | Terry Neilson | Joyce Nixon-Smith | Moyra Peckston | Wolf-Dieter Scholz
Linda Shaneyfelt | Audrey Turner
© Sue Gowan
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