People collect thimbles for a variety of reasons. It usually starts with people who stitch and have acquired a number of thimbles to use as part of their sewing and stitching tool kit. An experienced sewer and stitcher will likely keep a variety of thimbles on hand so that the right one can be used on the type of needlework being worked at the moment.
As the scope of their work and hobby expands, so does the number of thimbles in the sewing basket. At some point in time (perhaps at spring cleaning?) an inventory is taken and it becomes obvious that quite a collection is at hand. And in the collection there will likely be several thimbles considered to be antique or vintage.
Thimbles make great souvenirs because they are small, easy to store, and do a great job of reminding us of places and people encountered while travelling.
Others like to collect thimbles that are decorated. Thimbles can be quite fancy in their manufacture, and are also used as a palette by many artists. Hand painted thimbles are often exquisite works of art. Other antique thimbles are decorated with precious stones. Of course in our digital age you can even have your photograph mounted on a thimble!
Thimbles were considered fashionable during the 1800's and would sometimes be carried in an accessory container of a small size affixed to the waist. Other small thimbles were displayed on the "small" finger. Upper class women and some men viewed the thimble as a fine fashion accessory, and these thimbles were designed as an ornament.
As with any collecting hobby, when collecting antique thimbles it is helpful to know the value of the antique thimble. Some serious research and patience will usually be required to assess the value of a thimble. Condition of the antique thimble will be a primary factor in determining the dollar value of the thimble.
Other factors also are key in determining antique thimble value. Where was the thimble found? Does it have any markings on it? What material is it make of - Silver? Pewter? Brass? Porcelain? Wood? Do you know the history of the antique thimble? Was it used on a specific textile art project? Is it hand painted? Does it have a unique design or shape? Can you identify the manufacturer of the thimble or the date it was produced? Keep in mind that a combination of facts go into determining the value of antique thimbles.
You may find good information on the value of the collectible antique thimble at online auction sites, where antique thimbles of all types and sizes are offered for sale. Finally, you may want to find an antique dealer that handles antique thimbles to get an idea of the value of your antique thimble.
If you are looking for a source of Antique thimbles, or just want some "new" thimbles for finger protection while working on your sewing and stitching projects, simply go onto the internet and enter the term "thimbles" into your browser search bar. You will find that almost any kind of thimble is available to you. A more specific search entry such as "antique thimbles" or "antique gold thimbles" will display a number of shopping resources where you can enhance your thimble collection.
Thimbles are made of many different materials that provide opportunities to display all kinds of art, information, and practical forms that can be used for sewing and stitching. The wide variety and uniqueness of shapes and finishes on thimbles make them very collectible.
Antique thimbles reflect the history of the times when they were produced. Antique thimbles found with dates and place of manufacture recorded on them give a view into the past history of the people and places where they are found. Antique thimbles have been found everywhere in the world in some form or shape and give excellent clues about how people lived and worked in the past.
Good luck in your search for that perfect addition to your antique thimble collection here at the Antique Thimbles store.