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It is four years now since I started my 'Learn More About...' topics and I have come a full circle by returning to Wedgwood thimbles - this page is not about the Jasperware Wedgwood thimbles, which I covered separately but about those made of Wedgwood bone china. Originally I listed these with the Wedgwood jasperware thimbles topic but there were no accompanying photos and it's time now to remedy that.

Like the other iconic English china manufacturers such as Royal Doulton, Royal Worcester, Wedgwood has a large range of bone china decorative and serviceable ware and some of their thimbles are decorated with these patterns. These are decaled or transferware. Some of the dinner service or tableware patterns are replicated on thimbles - like Kutani crane and Osborne designs.

There are far fewer thimbles to collect in this range than the Wedgwood jasperware thimbles range. The most recent bone china issue from Wedgwood is their Wedgwood Museum Collection.
Wedgwood are no longer producing bone china thimbles.

The first handpainted china Wedgwood thimble ever, has just come to my attention. It is handpainted by Jon French
to commemorate the bicentenary of Lord Nelson in 2005. Others have followed.

It was sad news indeed to read that in this first week of 2009 of the Waterford-Wedgwood group being placed into liquidation. What will now happen to the Wedgwood factory in Barlaston? Only time will tell what will happen. This group included Royal Doulton with all their merged china partners, Royal Albert, Johnson Brothers, Coalport and Rosenthal. So much merchandise of all of these brands is already being made offshore.

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Wedgwood Jasperware thimbles


Beatrix Potter characters   -   Flowers  -   Tableware designs
The Wedgwood Museum Collection   -   Handpainted china   -   others


Beatrix Potter characters

This set of six thimbles featuring Beatrix Potter characters was issued by Wedgwood in 1983
each character is named on the character on the front
they are marked with Frederick Warne 1983 on the verso, with the Wedgwood Bone China backstamp
there is no gold trim at the rim
they were also marketed by the Thimble Collectors Club [TCC]


this is an example of the specialised box


this is an example of a composite box for 6


this is the verso of each of these thimbles



Benjamin Bunny

Flopsy Bunnies

Jemima Puddle Duck

Peter Rabbit

Tailor of Gloucester

Tiggy Winkle

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Flowers
are some of these from the tableware patterns? I will move them to that section, when I know they are
notice that most of these floral designs have no gold painted rim


violets

Kutani Crane flower

Rosedale

Mirabelle

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Tableware designs


Hathaway rose

Ice rose

Kutani crane

Osborne

Wild strawberry

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The Wedgwood Museum Thimble Collection

This set of 24 thimbles, commissioned by the Thimble Collectors Club [TCC], Chessington, UK, prior to 1997, contains 22 bone china and 2 jasperware thimbles [these two are featured on my Wedgwood jasperware page]. The designs are from classic designs in the Wedgwood archives.
Do you know exactly when they were issued, as there is no date on the certificate?
The thimbles were named by TCC on their advertising material and issued in batches of four, every two months. Only a few are named in TCC's advertising blurb - do you know the names of the rest?
A distinctive feature of this set is the thicker than usual band of gold handpainted around the rim.


the certificates of authenticity and invitation to purchase


Indian

Hawthorn Sprig

Lindisfarne

Frog crest

Etruscan

Old London grape

Chinese figures

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Handpainted

A new addition (2005 - ) to the Wedgwood china thimble suite for collectors, are the handpainted thimbles that are painted at the Wedgwood Visitor Centre and only available for purchase to visitors to the WVC.

Jon French is a master painter - who specialises in painting thimbles, miniature portraits and enamel boxes - and he is employed in the Visitor Centre and visitors can watch these miniature wonders evolve. Being handpainted, no two are the same.
Contact Jon Smith at the Wedgwood Visitor Centre as he accepts special thimble commissions.
He has developed a wonderful handpainted range of the portraits of the Kings and Queens of England, done in the same way as the Nelson portrait below.


Jon French's signature



bicentenary of Lord Horatio Nelson 2005
the first handpainted Wedgwood china thimble ever

HM Queen Elizabeth II's 80th birthday
2006
photo The Thimble Guild

Abolition of slavery
2007
there was an exhibition at the Wedgwood Visitor Centre during 2007 to commemorate the Abolition of Slavery's bicentenary 1807

to see a similar design
Wedgwood Jasperware thimbles


'Rough seas'
2007

fairies scene
2007
lustre

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Others
Celtic Designs

this pair of thimbles has a very non-Wedgwood shape
their cream coloured background also makes them very different from earlier Wedgwood bone china thimbles
I understand that this pair was commissioned by Charterhouse Mint


Book of Kells

Lindisfarne


Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson
Royal wedding July 1986
there are six thimbles in this set
the photos show the fronts and backs of the full set


photo S Burt

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British Royalty on thimbles


Thimble Collectors Club


Playful Kittens
with black kitten on the verso

Otters

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Thimble Collectors Club thimbles

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DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER WEDGWOOD BONE CHINA THIMBLES NOT MENTIONED?
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Contributors

Linda Brown | Sue Burt | Sarah Constantine | Betty Gerrits | Linda Heggs | Debby Hoover | Jim Farrell | Susan Johnson | Margaret Hickling | Kathleen Rastall | Gai Sdao | Paul Smith



This listing of Wedgwood Bone China Thimbles does not purport to be complete or accurate in all aspects.
Rather it invites comment and contribution to add to our knowledge. My thanks to the contributors.

Enjoy!

© Sue Gowan
September 2006


THERE ARE 33 "LEARN MORE ABOUT..." TOPICS
Brass Advertising | British Placenames | British Royalty on Thimbles | British Silversmiths | Charles May | Christmas | Coalport
Dorcas Thimble Boxes | Easter | Gadgets | Francesca | Hallmarked Thimbles set | Miscellaneous Thimbles | 'Mother'
The World's Greatest Porcelain Houses | Royal Albert | Royal Crown Derby | Royal Doulton | Royal Worcester Handpainted Thimbles
Royal Worcester Decal Thimbles | S + H Foskett | Silver Advertising Thimbles | Spode | Stratnoid | SylvaC
Thimble Books | Thimble Collectors Club | Thimble Societies | Thimbles with Slogans
Thimblefuls | Victorian Silver Scenic Thimbles | Wedgwood Jasperware | Wedgwood Bone China

THERE ARE 20 PAGES OF THIMBLES & OTHER ITEMS TO BUY
aluminium 1 | books 1 | brass 1 | china 5 | display cases 1
needlework tools 2 | other collectables 1 | pewter 1 | plastic 1
silver 3 | steel & metal 1 | unusual materials 1 | wood 1

Any questions or comments?
thimbleselect@bigpond.com
I do not offer any type of valuation or advice on prices.

  Last updated 14 October 2013  
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