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I have a Simons thimble.  It has a wide plain band with a large oval /circle raised on the front.  Inside the circle is a vertical needle with a thimble at the bottom.  It looks like a fancy A that the needle and thimble are inside of.  Then there is fancy filigree around the outside of the A   I have never seen this one ever.  Sorry I don't know how else to describe it.

Is this old or recently made?  Was it made in large quantities?  I tried to find it on eBay but it wasn't there under any category.

I would love to know the age and approximate value.   Any place else I can go if you can't identify it?mhc2m

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Hello Marie,  Thank you for your question.  What you have is a thimble made for the members of the Embroiders' Guild of America and the shield is their logo.  I believe there is a rather unusual letter E and G on each side of the vertical needle.  Simons no longer makes these thimbles however this is not an old thimble.  As far as value, as with anything, supply and demand determine the value of an item.  I do believe the thimble is quite collectible and you should have no problem selling it.

I hope this helps.

Wynneth

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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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