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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.
As thimble collecting increased throughout the 1970s and 1980s and Royal Worcester phased out their handpainted thimbles in the very early 1980s, their decal thimbles came to the fore as a niche collection for collectors. In 1985, Royal Worcester produced their last decal thimbles. So their decal thimbles' output barely lasted 11 years. The exception to this is thimbles made under commission. The Royal Worcester factory has now closed in Worcester in England, after 255 years and their works is now based in Sri Lanka.
How do decal thimbles differ from those that are handpainted? A decal or transfer is applied to the blank thimble and the factory can then churn out more thimbles with identical patterns. Under a magnifying glass, a decal shows up as hundreds of small dots, similar to newspaper print seen under magnification. Royal Worcester would not have on-sold their decals, so their designs remain theirs. These high quality thimbles are similar in quality and design to Wedgwood bone china thimbles.
The thimbles for decals used by Royal Worcester are exactly the same shaped-thimbles that were used for handpainting: tho they are thicker-walled and the apex is flatter than their 1970s and 1980s handpainted thimble range. In later years I have seen examples where these changed and that changed the character of the thimbles, making them look like cheaper counterparts - where apexes are domed and the walls are very much thinner.
The first sets of decal thimbles of the early 1980s, continue a tradition of Royal Worcester handpainted thimbles - by having a decal sprig featured on the verso.
The backstamp in Royal Worcester decal thimbles is black and identical to those used on the post-1964 handpainted thimbles, showing that all their thimbles are made of fine bone china.
backstamp for decaled Royal Worcester bone china thimbles
there is one example with a red backstamp, the rest being black
Royal Worcester decaled thimbles boxes with Royal Warrant mark on top
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This listing of Royal Worcester Decal Thimbles does not purport to be complete or accurate in all aspects.
Rather it invites comment and contribution to add to our knowledge.
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