Collectibles--General (Modern)/Thimble collection

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Hello,  I have a thimble collection from my grandmother and would like to know where is the best place to have it looked over and appraised.  I have no idea where to start.  There are so many unusual and old looking pieces and I am afraid that if I bring it to the wrong person I will lose a treasure. Any advice.  I live in Thailand now but will, be back in Dallas soon and would like to just get an opinion.  Any advice would be appreciated.

Kind Regards,

Jery

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Hi Jery,  Thank you for your question and that is a good question.  You should go to a reputable antique dealer that you have confidence in.  I would call around to different dealers of antiques.  You can also go on eBay on the internet and look at the different thimbles that are up for auction.  Perhaps follow the different auctions so you will get an idea of the value of your items. EBay would also be a good place to sell your thimbles.  Perhaps when you get back home to Dallas, you can email me again.  I may be of more help to you then.

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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