A cast and lathe-turned brass thimble with a waffle-pattern crown and regular indentations. The type was probably introduced to England by John Lofting, a Dutchman who manufactured thimbles here from the 1690’s until at least the middle of the 18th century. However, other manufacturers, noting Lofting’s success, will undoubtedly have produced similar thimbles.


The size of the present example is such that it is almost certainly a child’s thimble.


Edwin Holmes illustrates several examples of this type of thimble, and describes the manufacturing process in ’A History of Thimbles’ (pp 137-138)