paperback, 136 pages, 180 x 240 mm, 8 pages in colour
illustrated throughout in black and white
over 250 photographs
publication July 1998
Kangaroo Press I
SBN 0 86417 946 4
THIMBLE COLLECTING is one of the fastest growing areas of collecting in the world. Some people collect thimbles because they are fascinated by sewing tools from an earlier era while some are attracted to a specific theme, only collecting, for example, floral patterned thimbles.
Thimbles of Australia has something of interest for every collector. Every known type of thimble relating to Australia has been included - from the early highly-collectable gold and silver thimbles and handpainted porcelain thimbles to the cheap and cheerful range of souvenirs, the novelty and the gimmicky, to the handmade thimbles of today.
This useful book provides plenty of trails for the collector-sleuth to follow up. A comprehensive index cross-references the thimbles by theme and by the place they were made, including details of special commisions.
Over 250 photographs are included; 80 detailed illustrations of the maker's marks and backstamps help in identification, which is especially useful where the marks have worn poorly over the years.
SUSAN GOWAN is the author of Thimbles and Other Needlework Tools: a selective bibliography (1995), an extensive research guide for collectors Australian and intenational. Her passion for thimbles began in 1984 when she was given a Wedgwood 250th anniversary thimble.
BETTY MALONEY's delicately detailed botanical artwork appears in numerous Kangaroo Press publications. Although she was given her first thimble, a boxed silver Dorcas, for her 21st birthday, thimbles really entered her life in 1964, when St Vincent de Paul shops sold silver ones for 6d.