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Could you please tell me how old this thimble is?  My sister has one that was my Grandmother's which has Emma on the outside and this one was my Great Aunt's Irene and has her name on the front.  I know that they live in Sebewaing, Michigan during their childhood and that they were living in Chicago, IL later in life.  They were English.

I am thinking they were given to the girls when they were young by my Great Grandparents.

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Hello Laraine,  I have been out of town and only returned today. Your thimble is an American made thimble.  The US never required thimble makers to date their thimbles as does England.  The only way you can date an American made thimble is perhaps the purchaser puts a date on the thimble or perhaps there is a patent date on the thimble.  I am sorry, there is really no way to tell.  I am sorry I cannot be of help to you.

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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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