thimbles

Metal thimbles began to be made in standardized sizes around the middle of the nineteenth century. Frequently the size is marked on the inside top of the thimble, what thimble collectors call the “apex.”  Ceramic thimbles are not sized.

Origin small medium large
USA 6, 7, 8 9, 10, 11 12
British 9, 8, 7 6, 5 4, 3
French 8 9, 10 11, 12
German & Dutch 3, 4 5, 6, 7 8, 9, 10
Norwegian 1, 2 3, 4  

American ring and thimble sizes correspond approximately as follows:

Ring 3 4 5 6 7 8
Thimble 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16

Very small thimbles were made for children, but salesmen's samples were also sometimes deliberate miniatures.

Jo Anne Rath.
Antique and Unusual Thimbles.
New York: A. S. Barnes, 1979.

Thimble Collectors International
P.O. Box 143
Intervale, NH 03845.

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