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https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/templates/general_wide/img/logo.png UKDFD Recording Software https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/ Thimbles https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/post-medieval-to-modern/thimbles.html Thimble https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/post-medieval-to-modern/thimbles/thimble-55493.html Sat, 15 Aug 2020 13:33:11 GMT Thimbles Thimble  
Description: A cast and lathe-turned brass thimble with a waffle-pattern crown, regular indentations, and a circumferential groove immediately above the base. The type was probably introduced to England by John Lofting, a Dutchman whose company 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.

Edwin Holmes (see References below) illustrates several examples of this type of thimble, and describes the manufacturing process.
Category: Post-Medieval to Modern, Thimbles
Category: Thimbles
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Thimble https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/post-medieval-to-modern/thimbles/thimble-55126.html Wed, 25 Mar 2020 18:54:14 GMT Thimbles Thimble  
Description: A very small cast and lathe-turned brass thimble with a waffle-pattern crown, regular indentations, and a groove and slight rim at the base. The type was probably introduced to England by John Lofting, a Dutchman whose company 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 (see ref. below) illustrates several examples of this type of thimble, and describes the manufacturing process.
Category: Post-Medieval to Modern, Thimbles
Category: Thimbles
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Thimble https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/post-medieval-to-modern/thimbles/thimble-55131.html Wed, 25 Mar 2020 19:08:51 GMT Thimbles Thimble  
Description: A small rimless brass thimble manufactured by the deep drawing process, patented in 1769. It has regular mechanically produced indentations and had a steel-reinforced top, which has been lost to corrosion. Only the upper part of the thimble carries the indentations, which are arranged in a diagonal pattern. The lower part is decorated with three circumferential milled lines.
Category: Post-Medieval to Modern, Thimbles
Category: Thimbles
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Thimble https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/post-medieval-to-modern/thimbles/thimble-55113.html Sun, 22 Mar 2020 17:38:38 GMT Thimbles Thimble  
Description: An aluminium advertising thimble with mechanically produced indentations on the upper half only. The lower half has the inscription 'KAPUTINE CURES HEADACHE' between two plain raised rings above and one similar ring below. Below the lower ring there is a circumferential groove and a prominent knurled rim. The thimble is severely damaged.

Kaputine, advertised as 'magic relief for headaches, influenza, rheumatism, sciatica, gout, toothaches and sleeplessness' (see Image 6), was on sale circa 1930-1950. Edwin Holmes (see References below) states that 1920-1940 was 'the heyday of the advertising thimble'.
Category: Post-Medieval to Modern, Thimbles
Category: Thimbles
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Thimble https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/post-medieval-to-modern/thimbles/thimble-55114.html Sun, 22 Mar 2020 17:41:20 GMT Thimbles Thimble  
Description: A small rimless brass thimble manufactured by the deep drawing process, patented in 1769. It has regular mechanically produced indentations and had a steel-reinforced top, which has been lost to corrosion. Only the upper part of the thimble carries the indentations, which are arranged in a diagonal pattern. The lower part is decorated with three circumferential dotted lines.
Category: Post-Medieval to Modern, Thimbles
Category: Thimbles
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Thimble https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/post-medieval-to-modern/thimbles/thimble-55105.html Sat, 21 Mar 2020 20:37:42 GMT Thimbles Thimble  
Description: A rimless gold thimble with mechanically produced indentations. Those on the crown are arranged in concentric circles, and those on the side in a diagonal formation. The lower part of the body has a band of laurel-leaf decoration above a narrow plain band with finely knurled upper and lower edges. No hallmarks are present.
Category: Post-Medieval to Modern, Thimbles
Category: Thimbles
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Thimble https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/post-medieval-to-modern/thimbles/thimble-55065.html Sat, 07 Mar 2020 12:40:08 GMT Thimbles Thimble  
Description: A silver thimble of mid to late 17th century date. It is of two-part construction, consisting of a slightly tapered body and a domed top. The body was originally rolled into shape and soldered at the butt joint, but the joint has now broken open. The domed top was formed with dies, and soldered to the body, but this joint has also partially broken. The small circular indentations on the body have been manually entered and are arranged in a diagonal pattern. There is a small plain panel within the pattern, which bears the owner's engraved initials AT, the letter A being chevron-barred. The indentations on the top of the thimble, also manually entered, are arranged in a square pattern. At the bottom of the indentations on the body, there is a single circumferential beaded groove with a plain narrow band below it at the base of the thimble.
Category: Post-Medieval to Modern, Thimbles
Category: Thimbles
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Thimble https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/post-medieval-to-modern/thimbles/thimble-54992.html Fri, 24 Jan 2020 18:25:14 GMT Thimbles Thimble  
Description: A very small cast and lathe-turned brass thimble with a waffle-pattern crown, regular indentations, and a rim at the base. The type was probably introduced to England by John Lofting, a Dutchman whose company 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 (see References below) illustrates several examples of this type of thimble, and describes the manufacturing process.
Category: Post-Medieval to Modern, Thimbles
Category: Thimbles
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Thimble https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/post-medieval-to-modern/thimbles/thimble-54822.html Fri, 22 Nov 2019 15:35:04 GMT Thimbles Thimble  
Description: A very small cast and lathe-turned brass thimble with a waffle-pattern crown, regular indentations, and a rim at the base. The type was probably introduced to England by John Lofting, a Dutchman whose company 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 (see ref. below) illustrates several examples of this type of thimble, and describes the manufacturing process.
Category: Post-Medieval to Modern, Thimbles
Category: Thimbles
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Thimble https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/post-medieval-to-modern/thimbles/thimble-54728.html Sun, 20 Oct 2019 17:42:26 GMT Thimbles Thimble  
Description: A silver thimble dating to the mid 17th century. It is of two-part construction, consisting of a near-cylindrical rolled sheet body and a domed top, soldered together and along the longitudinal seam. The indentations on both parts are hand-punched, and form a slightly irregular lattice pattern on the body. They terminate about threequarters of the way down the body to leave a plain circumferential band, which is inscribed 'I wish you well  E' in non-cursive italic lettering (except the separate Roman style 'E'). The indentations on the body are also interrupted by two plain heart-shapes, one close to the top and the other close to the bottom, both somewhat indistinct due to wear and local damage.
Category: Post-Medieval to Modern, Thimbles
Category: Thimbles
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