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The Hallmarked Thimbles of the
  World's Great Porcelain Houses  

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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


After the success of the 1980 Franklin Mint Porcelain Houses of the World set of thimbles Thimbles of the World's Greatest Porcelain Houses, this set of 50 thimbles, entitled The Hallmarked Thimbles of the World's Great Porcelain Houses was commissioned by the Thimble Collectors Club in 1985. The striking difference between this set and the earlier one, is that the thimble design is largely made up of the enlarged backstamp, registered mark or hallmark of the porcelain house being portrayed.

Obviously there are a few thimble houses that are duplicated from the first set, but this collection is more representative of the large range of firms making thimbles in the mid-1980s - a decade later most of them no longer produced thimbles or even existed. This list also reflects many of the thimble houses that formed part of the Thimble Collectors Club, who issued monthly thimbles to the members of their Club. As well as issuing monthly thimbles, the TCC also offered special sets for sale. This Hallmarked set is one of many offered.

Some of the thimbles have their backstamp repeated inside the thimble, for others there is sufficient identification with the outer maker's mark. Each thimble was accompanied by an explanatory leaflet. Where available I had added the relevant certificates as links - but for space reasons, these are with the UK-issued set.

If you collect a specific porcelain house, it would be most worthwhile to find and add the relevant thimble to your collection.

I have now located the original magazine advertisement, placed by Thimble Collectors Club, Chessington UK. It is undated. They describe the hallmark as the central motif, not hidden away on the back. The original price was 9.95 pounds each (plus postage) and thimbles would be received at a rate of two a month. There is a glass domed display case.

I have noticed some anomalies in this advert that was issued by the UK TCC. Only nine thimbles are illustrated. The final colour for the Kaiser issue is blue; in the advert the example shown is red. Royal Copenhagen and Noritake are listed but do not form part of the UK set of 50 but they are featured in the US set!! I understand that the US accompanying brochure is different from the UK version and there are big differences between the sets issued for the UK and US markets.

I have separated the 2 sets for easier reference. If you have photos of the missing US set thimbles ... please share!! And now in 2013, I find there are 51 for the list for the US-set - if anyone has this complete set, please let me know which one doesn't belong!!

It is 25 years since the UK set was issued, so it is difficult to know why the sets varied so much between the US and UK! Which was issued first? When was the US set released?

Just to add to the confusion, there are 5 thimbles that are featured in neither the US or UK brochures!! - Bouchet - Moschendorf - Parbus - Thun - Uhlenhorst. I know that the marketers of these sets did not expect thimble collectors to communicate as easily as we can in the 21st century - exposing anomalies!!

And now, in 2013, to add to the merriment of thimble collecting, there are different shapes appearing for some of the US set thimbles! Maybe the smaller manufacturers ran out of their usual blank shapes and substituted them with those they could lay their hands on? I have tried to use the most-known shape for those that were issued with more than one shape, with the others shown as a link.


The UK Thimble Collectors Club brochure


UK CLUB THIMBLE SET OF 50



Arita-Gold Imari
Porcelain
Arita, Japan
certificate
the US set is marketed under "Gold Imari"

Arzberg
Porcelain
Germany

Aynsley
China
England

Bareuther
Porcelain
Germany

Bing & Grondahl
Porcelain
Denmark

Caverswall
Fine bone china
England

Coalport
China
Stoke-on-Trent, England
certificate

Crown Staffordshire
China
England

Fukagawa
Porcelain
Japan

Gerold
Porcelain
Bavaria, Germany

Hammersley
Bone china
England

Haviland
Porcelain
Limoges, France
certificate

Hutschenreuther
Porcelain
Germany

Kaiser
Porcelain
Germany

La Seynie
Porcelain
Limoges, France
certificate

Lang Ebrach
Porcelain
Bavaria, Germany
certificate

Langenthal
Porcelain
Switzerland
featured in the US set under "Suisse Langenthal"

Limoges Castel
Porcelain
France

Longton Hall
China
England
certificate

Marlborough
China
England

Minton
China
England

Norden
Porcelain
Copenhagen, Denmark

Oakley
Fine bone china
England

Palissy
A division of Royal Worcester Spode
China
England

Paragon
China
Stoke-on-Trent, England
certificate

Poole
Fine bone china
Poole, England
certificate

Quinta Nova
Porcelain
Aveiro, Portugal
certificate

Renaissance
Fine bone china
Stoke-on-Trent, England
certificate

Reutter
Porcelain
Germany

Richard Ginori
Porcelain
Italy

Rorstrand
Porcelain
Sweden

Royal Albert
China
England

Royal Crown Derby
China
England

Royal Court
China
England

Royal Doulton
China
England

Royal Franconia
Porcelain
Bavaria, Germany

Royal Grafton
China
England

Royal Kendal
Fine bone china
Stoke-on-Trent, England
certificate
R: with gold rim

Royal Mosa
Porcelain
Netherlands

Royal Stuart
Fine bone china
Ireland

Royal Tara
Fine bone Irish china
Galway, Ireland

Royal Worcester
Fine bone china
England

Schwarzenhammer
Porcelain
Germany

Shibata
Porcelain
Japan

Spode
Fine bone china
England

Sutherland
Bone china
England
R: green background - original is blue

Victoria China
Fine bone china
Stoke-on-Trent, England
certificate

Vista Alegre
Porcelain
Vista Alegre, Portugal
certificate

Vohenstrauss
Porcelain
Bavaria, Germany
certificate
R: missing Vohenstrauss name

Wedgwood
Jasperware
England


US CLUB THIMBLE SET OF 50



Avonvale
China
Great Britain

Aynsley
China
England

Bareuther
Porcelain
Germany

Belleek
Porcelain
Ireland

Bing & Grondahl
Porcelain
Denmark

Coalport
China
England

Crown Staffordshire
China
England

Epiag D.F
Porcelain
Czechoslovakia

Fukagawa
Porcelain
Japan

Gerold
Porcelain
Bavaria, Germany

Hammersley
Bone china
England

Haviland
Porcelain
Limoges, France

Highland China
China
Scotland
R: 2 extra, different shapes

Hutschenreuther
Porcelain
Germany

Kaiser
Porcelain
Germany

Lin Porcelain
Porcelain
France

Meissen
Porcelain
Germany

Minton
China
England

Norden
Porcelain
Copenhagen, Denmark

Noritake
Porcelain
Japan

Oakley
Fine bone china
England

Okura
Porcelain
Japan

Palissy
A division of Royal Worcester Spode
China
England

Pickard
Porcelain
USA

Porcelanas Del Ampurdan
Porcelain
Spain

Portmeirion Potteries
China
England

Raynard
Porcelain
France

Reutter
Porcelain
Germany

Richard Ginori
Porcelain
Italy

Rorstrand
Porcelain
Sweden

Royal Adderley
China
England

Royal Albert
China
England

Royal Alma

Royal Copenhagen
Porcelain
Denmark

Royal Crown Derby
China
England

Royal Doulton
China
England

Royal Franconia
Porcelain
Bavaria, Germany

Royal Georgina
Fine bone china
England

Royal Grafton
China
England

Royal Mosa
Porcelain
Netherlands

Royal Stuart
Fine bone china
Ireland

Royal Tara
Fine bone Irish china
Galway, Ireland

Royal Tudor
China
England

Schwarzenhammer
Porcelain
Germany

Shibata
Porcelain
Japan

Spode
Fine bone china
England

Sutherland
Bone china
England

Vale
Fine china
Wales

Vista Alegre
Porcelain
Portugal

Waldenburg
Porcelain
Silesia

Wedgwood
Jasperware
England


DO YOU KNOW ANY MORE DETAILS ABOUT
THE HALLMARKED THIMBLES OF THE WORLD'S GREAT PORCELAIN HOUSES?

EMAIL thimbleselect@bigpond.com TO SHARE YOUR KNOWLEDGE.


Contributors

Barbara | Linda Berkery | Betty Gerrits | Debby Hoover | Cathy Howgate | Willi Josten | Wanda Ralston | Jina Samulka | Sharon Underwood | Joanna Waciorski | Ana Maria Werner | Mave Wiskin


This listing of the Hallmarked set does not purport to be complete or accurate in all aspects. Rather it invites comment and contribution to add to our knowledge of these highly desirable, collectable thimbles. My thanks to the other contributors

Enjoy!


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 6 March 2014  
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