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Based on my research I know this is a Ketcham & McDougall sterling silver panel thimble.  I am curious to know if the pattern has a specific name and if it is know when it was manufactured.

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Hello Jean,  Thank you for your question.  You are correct that it is a KMcD thimble.  The pattern does not have a name other than we call it a paneled thimble.  Sometimes thimbles have patent dates on them.  That shows when it was patented and most often they stamped the patent information which was the month, date and year on the thimble for the first year.  Other than that, the US did not date their thimbles as the UK did and still does since about 1890.  They use Hallmarks to give us the maker, mark for silver, the assay office and the letter number so you can look up the year the thimble was manufactured. 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 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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