Collectibles--General (Modern)/Thimble with star


I'd like to know some history about the thimble I found. I have read an answer you gave to someone else about a similar question. I have a Thimble marked STERLING above an outline of a star with a 9 under the star. From what I understand from your previous answer this star was utilized in 1884 when Henry Thresher joined the company. Do you know how long it was before they included the thimble inside the star and is there anything else you can tell me about my thimble? Thanks so much and I look forward to hearing from you. Regards, Clarence

Hello Clarence.  Thank you for your question.  Waite, Thresher Co. was in business from 1886 to 1927.  Their early mark was the star only from 1886 to 1906.  They started putting the thimble inside the star in 1907 and continued to sell thimbles till 1927 when the company sold thimble tools and dies to Simons Bros. Co. in 1927.  I hope this helps.

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Wynneth Mullins


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 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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