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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.
Stratnoids are unique in that they bear two sizes, but nothing to date suggests what these measurements mean. The standard sizes are:
With 0-12 being the largest / The rarer size 6 does exist
The sizing doesn't appear to relate to the internal diameter or height in any way.
I have checked a source that gives the equivalent English and American thimble sizes (with the equivalent sizing in millimetres) and this isn't the answer to these Stratnoid sizings either.
The height diminishes proportionately as the thimble size gets smaller.
GRADUATING SIZES OF STRATNOIDS
Examples have been noted of single size Stratnoids, where the size numbering is only on the right side. The sizes are 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9. It is interesting to note that the size 9 does not correspond in diameter size to the 3-9 size - rather to the 5-7 size.
UNUSUAL STRATNOID MARKING
6 9 9
NO LOZENGE; SINGLE SIZE
UNUSUAL STRATNOID MARKING
9 9 6 8
LOZENGE; SINGLE SIZE
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This listing of Stratnoid 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.
A century of achievement. The story of Laughton and Sons. The story of Laughton & Sons Ltd. formerly known as Jarrett, Rainsford & Laughton Ltd. 1860-1960 / Laughton and Sons. 1960
The history of knitting needle pins / Sheila Williams. 2006
'Stratnoid'. Thimbletter March-April 1994; July-August 1994
'The Stratnoid Company' / Sheila Williams At Your Fingertips vol 21/3, January 2006
Thimble Notes & Queries spring 1991; winter 1991
This article would not have been possible without the input of two passionate Stratnoid collectors - Nancye Crooks | Margaret Hickling
Paul D Barker | Jenny Scharff Bockel | Sue Christensen | Jan Coyle | Susan Evans | Aliss Gorman | Martyn Hanson | Rachel Jorion | Brian Jowett | Nancy Nehring
Ray Nimmo | Di Pelham Burn | Holly Phillips | Irene Schwall | Tom Suttie | Erin Titmus | Susan Webster | Sheila Williams | Sue Wilson
© Sue Gowan
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