Most of us know the thimble as a humble piece of equipment mostly used by sewing enthusiasts, but did you know that the thimble has quite a colorful history?
The very earliest thimble dates back to around 200 BC in the Han Dynasty of ancient China and was a simple metal ring. Later thimbles of the 17th and 18th centuries were made from such diverse materials as metal, leather, rubber, wood, glass, china and even whale bone and ivory.
The original purpose of a thimble is to protect your finger when pushing a needle through fabric, but over time, it has acquired many other uses. From the 16th century onwards, thimbles made of silver, porcelain and gold were given as gifts and not really suitable for actual sewing.
They have also been used for measuring spirits and gunpowder, giving rise to the phrase "just a thimbleful". Teachers of the Victorian era would also use them to tap on the heads of misbehaving students.
Thimbles also played a role in saving lives during the First World War. Silver thimbles were collected from "those who had nothing to give" and were melted down to buy hospital equipment.
One curious superstition about thimbles states that if you have three thimbles given to you, you will never get married.
This little thimble seems just the right size for a pendant - it's small, but not too small. In fact, it could likely fit on your pinky, but I guess that wouldn't be too useful.
It's decorated with a regular pattern of dimples and finished with a band of short vertical lines. A thick rim along the bottom adds to the sturdy look and feel of the pendant, while an antiqued finish brings out the details of the dimples and adds to its vintage look.
- Material: Solid sterling silver
- Finish: Polished, with an antiqued accents
- Pendant height, excluding loop: 1/2 inch (14 mm)
- Chain: 18 inch, with spring ring closure
- Item number: wh425