Wednesday, February 28, 2007
The auction ends March 6th, 2007, at 19:54:41 PST. The starting bid is set at US$199.99, and there's a BuyItNow price of US$349.99. Shipping is $5.00. There are closeups of the individual thimbles on the auction page. The thimbles appear to have been pierced to accommodate a silver loop to attach to bracelet. Ouch!
The bracelet was donated to the non-profit organization, Whiskers Rescue, Inc., "dedicated to humanely controlling the stray and feral cat over population."
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
The Old House Station Road
West Midlands B93 0HT
Tel. 01564 776151 Fax. 01564 778069
Estimate: £150 - 200"
Update: Sold for £210 (about US$421.88) plus premium and tax.
Monday, February 26, 2007
Sunday, February 25, 2007
Saturday, February 24, 2007
Friday, February 23, 2007
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Anyway, this is the Melting Watch Thimble from the Salvador Dali Museum in Saint Petersburg, Florida. It's $8.95 plus S/H.
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
The Legend: The bell-shaped flowers, resembling tiny thimbles, were named after the Virgin Mary to honor her working hands as she made Jesus' clothes, including the seamless robe He was wearing when He was crucified.
Source: Flowers of Our Lady & Mary Gardens
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Ezra C. Prime.
The funeral of Ezra C. Prime, who died on Thursday at the Long Island Home, in Amityville, will take place to-day in Huntington. Mr Prime was born in New York Dec. 20, 1810, and moved to Huntington in 1814 with his parents. When sixteen years old he was bound out to a thimble-maker, George W. Platt, uncle of United States Senator Thomas C. Platt, in New York.
After leaving the trade he formed a partnership with John Boshore and started in as a boss [boss?: sic] thimble manufacturer. In 1836 his health began to fail through too close application of his business. He decided to return to Huntington, and established a business in Huntington. At the time of his death he was the oldest thimble manufacturer in the United States, the business having been carried on during his absence from home by his sons.
Mr. Prime was an Abolitionist. He was twice married. In 1883, Mr. Prime's health giving out again, he sought a home at the Long Island Home, Amityville. He leaves a large estate, mostly real property.
Monday, February 19, 2007
Presidents Park is a big garden full of huge busts of all 43 Presidents of the United States.
Do not misunderstad me. I'm not anti-President. Not anti-the-current-one. Not anti-the-previous-one. God willing, not anti-any-of-the-future-ones. But, frankly, this park with the giant white heads perched everywhere: a little weird.
Sunday, February 18, 2007
This pewter thimble is available from the Basketball Hall of Fame website gift shop for only $6.50 plus S/H.
Saturday, February 17, 2007
Cross stitchers should take time to explore Em-Li's website. The vintage designs are all affordable and very lovely.
Friday, February 16, 2007
From: the Yorkshire Post
"A thimble used by the Brontë sisters in the 1840s will go on display today as a Yorkshire museum opens its doors for the first time this year.
"The item was discovered in a sewing box belonging to sisters Charlotte, Emily and Anne and will now form part of an exhibition at the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth.
"The thimble is part of a permanent display about the Brontë sisters which has been revamped for this year. And the museum is also hosting a new exhibition celebrating the 150th anniversary of Elizabeth Gaskell's biography: The Life of Charlotte Brontë. The exhibition runs until the end of the year and will include objects, personal belongings and letters not usually on display along with Mrs Gaskell's original handwritten manuscript on loan from Manchester University Library which will be at the museum for a short period.
"The museum's librarian, Ann Dinsdale, said: 'Mrs Gaskell met Charlotte Brontë late in life and they became friends. She developed a bit of an obsession with her and was more interested in the life of Charlotte Brontë than in her work. She was upset by criticisms of Charlotte's novels as containing coarseness and vulgarity and she wrote the biography to set the record straight.' " (John Roberts)
From: the Telegraph & Argus
"Brontë guardians are dusting down precious artefacts in preparation for the 2007 season at the Parsonage Museum in Haworth.
"Among items in a new exhibition will be a thimble and needlework box which were owned by Charlotte, author of Jane Eyre.
"Museum manager Alan Bentley said: 'The workbox was bought for the museum in 1933 but it has not been on display for some time. The thimble is interesting because it is so tiny and reflects how small Charlotte was - just 4 feet 11 inches.' "
From Jane Eyre:
Long did the hours seem while I waited the departure of the company, and listened for the sound of Bessie's step on the stairs: sometimes she would come up in the interval to seek her thimble or her scissors, or perhaps to bring me something by way of supper--a bun or a cheese-cake--then she would sit on the bed while I ate it, and when I had finished, she would tuck the clothes round me, and twice she kissed me, and said, "Good night, Miss Jane."
At first, being little accustomed to learn by heart, the lessons appeared to me both long and difficult; the frequent change from task to task, too, bewildered me; and I was glad when, about three o'clock in the afternoon, Miss Smith put into my hands a border of muslin two yards long, together with needle, thimble, &c., and sent me to sit in a quiet corner of the schoolroom, with directions to hem the same. At that hour most of the others were sewing likewise; but one class still stood round Miss Scatcherd's chair reading, and as all was quiet, the subject of their lessons could be heard, together with the manner in which each girl acquitted herself, and the animadversions or commendations of Miss Scatcherd on the performance.
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
The High Rise Glorious Skittle Skat Roarious Sky Pie Angel Food Cake
1 c. cake flour
1½ c. white sugar
12 egg whites
1½ tsp. vanilla extract
1½ tsp. cream of tartar
1/2 tsp. salt
- Preheat oven to 375 °F.
- Sift together the flour and half (¾ c.) of the sugar; set aside.
- In a large bowl, whip the egg whites, vanilla, cream of tartar, and salt to medium-stiff peaks.
- Gradually add the remaining (¾ c.) sugar, continuing to whip to stiff peaks and maximum volume. (Whip lots and lots. Serious whippage.)
- Gradually fold sifted ingredients, one third at a time, into egg white/sugar peaks. Do not overmix.
- Spoon the batter into a 10-inch tube pan that is thoroughly clean and dry.
- Bake 40-45 min., 375 °F, until the cake springs back when touched. Balance tube pan on some kind of bottle (wine?) to cool cake. When cool, run a knife around the edge of the pan and invert onto a plate.
This is not the official recipe from the book.
What's the official recipe? Read the book.
Why is this in a thimble blog? Read the book.
Monday, February 12, 2007
They come in four varieties: Lemon Almond, Key Lime Almond, Pecan Vanilla, and Orange Walnut.
I have found two online purveyors of these tasty morsels.
1. Greatergourmet.com. They're a little pricey. OK. Maybe a lot pricey. But you get a lot of cookies. Really. They come in 3.7 oz. packages and you have to buy a whole case of 24 packages for $76.80 plus $8.99 S/H. It's a lot of cookies. Really. Thimble cookies.
2. Golden Walnut. They have 9 oz. canisters of the four varieties for $6.25 each, plus S/H. They have a toll-free phone number if you're iffy about buying online.
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Saturday, February 10, 2007
Friday, February 09, 2007
Thursday, February 08, 2007
Alas, I do not have a Supreme Court pewter thimble. I do not have a Supreme Court pewter thimble picture. I do not have a link to where one might purchase a Supreme Court pewter thimble.
The hottest item in the (Supreme Court) GIFT SHOP is the Supreme Court gavel pencil, which sells for 75 cents. Two other popular tchotchkes: the Supreme Court pewter thimble ($3.99) and the Constitution silk tie ($24.95).
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
This one looks like the real deal, but without having it may hands, I can't really tell. I especially like that the seller has included a photo of the inside of the thimble and the manufacturer's mark therein. On many the fakes, the outside can look fairly genuine, but the inside is usually off: too rough, too smooth, too shiny, too whatever. This one looks like the inside of my genuine thimbles.
Cherubs and Garlands thimble
US$67.78; 5 bids, starting at US$50.01
3 February 2007.
This, on the other hand, is being sold on eBay as a reproduction (BuyIt Now price: US $26.99). I guess it is fine that the seller is clarifying that it is a reproduction, but will whoever buys it make it clear to whomever it's resold to that it's a repro? The picture itself is pretty bad, so it's hard to point out the minor details one would spot to detect a fake, but a glaring detail is the word "STERLING" to the right of the cherub's foot. On this particular thimble design, this word should be inside, under the dome with the Simons shield, like the one pictured above.
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Monday, February 05, 2007
Sunday, February 04, 2007
Saturday, February 03, 2007
This is a very affordable--$3.50 + S/H--pewter souvenir thimble available through the Truman Library in Independence, MO. They sell a lot of other Harry Truman stuff: Robert Ferrell's and David McCullough's Truman biographies, a 4"x4" ceramic "Dewey Defeats Truman" tile, an "If You Can't Stand the Heat, Get Out of the Kitchen" apron, and the usual souvenirs (pens, magnets, spoons,. . .).
The library info:
500 W. US Hwy. 24.
Independence, MO 64050
Phone: 816-268-8200 (Admin. offices) or 1-800-833-1225 (Info line)
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Sunday, Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Admission prices: $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for children ages 6 to 18, free for children 5 years and under.
Friday, February 02, 2007
This lovely souvenir is to remember The Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion, the "finest Flemish Renaissance Revival Mansion in America." The website has loads of info on the manse, with history and a photo tour and a gift shoppe with this thimble and postcards and toothpick holders and T-shirts and magnets and beer stuff. Hmmm. . .
Visit 'em in person:
The Pabst Mansion
2000 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53233-2043
Thursday, February 01, 2007
The gold wash on the ring and thimble seems little overdone.
Anyway, the eBay nitty gritty:
(roughly translated: Thimble and safety chain and ring with secret box).
EUR 61.00 (US$79.29): 19 bids, starting at EUR 3.00 (US$3.90).
31 January 2007.