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The History of Thimbles

Thimble History

Sewing equipment can contain examples of highly collectable pieces. Thimbles in particular are valued for their uniqueness.

Early thimbles are recognisable for having irregular hand-punching. Later, Georgian examples featured applied filigree work or even gemstones. Not many examples are hallmarked, unfortunate, and many are heavily worn, making them difficult to date.

British thimbles were initially exported to America, with colonial silversmiths beginning to make them in later decades.

During the 19th century, souvenir thimbles featuring imagery of famous landmarks were used as advertising pieces, making for very appealing collector’s items. Although initially it was individual silversmiths that crafted thimbles, in the 19th century, there were several firms that specialised in making thimbles. American companies in particular saw the potential for massive profit that thimbles represented.

Many American examples are elaborate, featuring engraved floral borders or stamped arabesque decoration. American thimbles are collected as eagerly as their English counterparts.

Andrew Campbell started trading in antiques during the 1970s. Initially, Andrew lived in the South of England, travelling the country, searching for items of silver to buy. Andrew sold these items at various London markets and antique fairs. Over time, and through selling at a range of venues, Andrew built up a large and diverse customer base from private buyers to national and international trade customers.
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