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world's greatest porcelain houses
The August 1980 Franklin Mint "Thimbles of the Worlds' Porcelain Houses" set has proved to be a very popular set with collectors. Nearly 40 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?
There are 25 thimbles in the set and I have placed them together for those collectors who do not have access to Antique & collectible thimbles and accessories by Averil Mathis, where the full collection is illustrated. There is nothing tho in her text, to link the 25 thimbles as a set.
Each thimble has its own explanatory leaflet, which identifies some of the names of the thimble design. The original price of each thimble back in 1980, was AU$19.50. That was a big outlay for a set of 25 - which would rarely be recouped today?
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