Collectibles--General (Modern)/Thimble Research

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I have 2 thimbles.
They are metal, looks to be brass maybe.
They have a 6 point star on the top.
One has a Ladybug, one has a cat, both look to be handpainted.
I am just trying to find info on these, and a value.
I saw the ladybug one go online in an auction for $200 and I have been holding on to them ever since.
I cant find any info on them now, possibly looking to sell them.
Anything you can do to help would be appreciated.
Thanks

If you email me I can send a pic from my phone, but not from this computer

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Hello Josh,  Thank you for your question.  The thimbles you have were made in Portugal and the mark on top is the mark that indicates where they were made.  They are a very thin silver and are hand painted with an enamel paint.  These thimbles may be found on the auction website eBay.  I do not give values however if you check out the Portugal thimbles listed on eBay you will find these thimbles listed from around $30.00 up to $100.00.  I do not believe these are accurate values of these thimbles.  I have some in my collection and paid only about $10.00 - $15.00.  I hope this helps.

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I am a digitabulist - a thimble collector. I have been collecting thimbles since 1976 and have my own newsletter called Thimble Guild. I started a local thimble collectors group, Thimbles Are Us, in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area in 1985. I was Second Vice-President of Thimble Collectors International from 1988 - 1992. I have been a guest speaker on thimbles at local collectors groups, womens groups and churches. I am knowledgable about sterling and gold thimbles made in the US as well as England, Germany, France, Russia, Norway and a few other countries. I am familiar with manufacturer`s marks and codes, assay marks and date marks and other unique marks meaningful to any thimble collector. I am knowledgeable of porcelain, china, brass, pewter, bronze, aluminum, plastic, silver plated, coin and base metal thimble marks. Some questions I might be asked...what makes a thimble valuable (scarce maker, desirable pattern, commemorative, etc.)...where can I find more information on thimbles... are there collectors groups out there...is there a newsletter for collectors...what books are available on the subject? I am very happy to share my knowledge with anyone but will not make appraisals. To do that, you must be able to look at the thimble in person. I have a friend that has a saying, A knowledgable collector is a wise collector. She is a wise collector. In 1992, at the TCI Convention in San Diego, CA, I was given the highest honor in the thimble collecting community. It is called the Myrtle Lundquist Award. It reads, Lundquist Award - Compassion - Caring - Sharing - Awarded to Wynneth Mullins 1992. This award gives me a lot to live up to!

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