I Am NOT A Thimble Collector!!! So what's with these Thimbles, Sue?
I imagine I came by them through an old thrifted sewing box or an estate sale where I cannot leave a kindred spirits Sewing
Stuff Treasures to be cast off to who knows where! So, even though I don't know who's finger once wore them, I do know they are safe and sound in my 'Pink Sewing Carousel' which was a gift from my Grandmother Minnie...who BTW was a Thimble wearer!
I am a Thimble Wearer, too, although different from Minnie's and the one's I've collected....oops!!! Okay, I have collected a few...who could resist when they have such an interesting history and have been a popular collectible since the mid 1800's.
The earliest known thimble was Roman, was found in Popeii and made of bronze. The first thimble made in England was in 1695 by a Dutch metal worker and was called a thumb-bell because it was worn on the thumb. The shape eventually changed, and the name softened into thimble.
Early American Thimbles were made of whalebone or tooth featuring miniature scrimshaw designs and are considered valuable collectibles. I don't have any of those! Do you? These rare thimbles are featured in a number of New England Whaling Museums.
During the First World War, silver thimbles were collected from "those who had nothing to give" by the British government and melted down to buy hospital equipment. In the 1930's and 40's red-topped thimbles were used for advertising. I do have a few from that time period....oops...I guess I'm a Thimble Collector afterall.
Leaving a Sandalwood thimble in a Fabric Stash helps keep moths away.
People who Collect thimbles are known as Digitabulists.