Saturday, May 12, 2007
Where you can put your thimble. . .
Some recent eBay auctions:
Vintage Black Forest Hand Carved Sewing Kit w/Thimble.
Sterling Silver Antique repoussé sewing case with thimble.
Antique Hand Carved Vegetable Ivory Barrel Thimble Holder: about 2¼" high and 1¾" in diameter, no chips, or cracks.
Vegetable ivory is derived from any of a variety ivory-palm seeds, or nuts, including the Coquilla and Corozo, both native to South America. The seeds are carefully dried, after which the white, dried endosperm inside becomes very hard and dense and can be carved or polished like stones or elephant tusks. Vegetable ivory has become a desirable alternative to animal ivory not only for its beauty, but because (1) the trees are not killed in the harvest their seeds, (2) the trees produce seeds throughout their lives and are thus a renewable resource, and (3) an increased demand for everyday items made from vegetable ivory can help protect the ivory-palm trees in the rain forest from being leveled for either cattle grazing or the planting of less profitable crops.
French Palais Royal Jeweled Ormolu Thimble Basket.