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How do you find a value for a thimble? I know you do not provide that information. I have my great grand mother's thimble. I know it is Simon Brothers and has pat. May.28.89. The year 1889 would make sense but I can't find much information on it. Thank you for any information you can give me.

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Hello Diana,  Thank you for your question.  The best way to find the value of your thimble is to go to eBay on the internet.  If you do a search on thimble May.28.89, it will bring up thimbles with that patent date and you can check out what those thimbles are selling for.  It also allows you to search on closed auctions as well which will show the final value of the thimbles.  It is very difficult to know what a thimble's value is.  There are many variables such as the economy, the thimble's condition and supply and demand.  The thimble that has a patent date on it was one in the first batch that was struck with that design.  The next ones would not have the patent date on them.  US thimbles are different from say the thimbles from England because in England, they are required to put the silversmith's initials, puissant for silver, assay office and the date letter around the band of the thimble and most times the size as well.  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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