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Thimbles

Posted: Fri Jul 27, 2007 10:08 am
by Mad Mab
Hallo,
Would anyone be able to point me towards sources for early C14th thimbles if such things exist. (The sources, that is, not the thimbles. Or possibly the thimbles as well)
Anyhow, thank you muchly,
mab

Posted: Fri Jul 27, 2007 11:18 am
by Nigel
Pm Debs I knwo she has some

Mark vicars made hers

Posted: Fri Jul 27, 2007 11:25 am
by Mad Mab
Sorry, should have been clearer in that request :oops: (although source for buying good as well and muchly appreciated and shall pm so thank you kindly:) )
I'm actually after evidence type sources for C14th thimbles, pictures, mentions sort of things (although with them being such a little, everyday sort of thing I don't hold out much hope.)
mab :oops:

Posted: Fri Jul 27, 2007 11:33 am
by guthrie
The evidence I know of is that they were found in 14th century deposits, and I have some picture sof metal detector finds. I do not recall seeing any in pictures but I havn't made a proper search.

I am currently trying to work out how to cast thimbles, since allegedly many medieval ones were made by casting, not out of sheet.

Posted: Fri Jul 27, 2007 11:53 am
by sally
http://www.findsdatabase.org.uk/search/ THere are loads of medieval thimbles listed, some illustrated. Dates vary but it should help narrow down the style ranges

Re: Thimbles

Posted: Sat Jul 28, 2007 2:19 am
by Karen Larsdatter

Posted: Sat Jul 28, 2007 9:45 am
by Catherine of Gwent
There were thimbles (quite a few) in the museum at Azincourt. Cannot remember if they were 14 or 15th century though. Will be seeing others who went to museum over next weekend, shall ask them if they took any better notice than me!

Ann

Posted: Sat Jul 28, 2007 10:55 am
by Neibelungen
Two books spring to mind.

The museum of London Dress Accessories and the other textile books has some mention of them.

Pamela Claburn's History of Needlework Tools has a chapter on thimbles.

Posted: Sat Jul 28, 2007 11:27 am
by Type16
We bought an original & useable thimble at a reasonable price off Ebay.
Good source of photos too!

Posted: Sat Jul 28, 2007 1:13 pm
by Tuppence
Mark vicars made hers
did he??? :shock:

really must pay more attention when shopping...

mine is made from a small sheet of metal, with dimples punched into it, then formed into a band. the top is open ended, like a modern tailor's thimble (you can sew faster).

saw sevaral almost exactly the same in a museum, but can't fo rthe life of me remember which museum (sorry).

Posted: Sat Jul 28, 2007 3:18 pm
by seamsmistress
I was given an authenticated 15th/16th C one from a happy customer. It is large [definitely man sized], full [ie, not open ended like 2d's] and dimpled all over. Described as metal alloy. Later than you need, but I doubt there have been too many changes in basic designs over the years.

Posted: Sat Jul 28, 2007 8:23 pm
by Marcus Woodhouse
One of my favourite T.V. programmes i especially like Baby Pom.

Posted: Sat Jul 28, 2007 11:16 pm
by Tuppence
Marcus Woodhouse wrote:One of my favourite T.V. programmes i especially like Baby Pom.
??????

Posted: Sun Jul 29, 2007 10:31 am
by JC Milwr
Tuppence wrote:
Marcus Woodhouse wrote:One of my favourite T.V. programmes i especially like Baby Pom.
??????
fimbles....