Monday, July 30, 2007
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Louis Gallait, 1873.
Oil on canvas.
Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique,
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
CHARLES MILES was indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of James Alexander , about seven o'clock in the night of the 10th of January, at St. Luke, with intent to steal, and burglariously stealing therein, one tea-caddy, value 10 s.; one looking-glass, value 20 s., and one thimble, value 2 s., his property.
MARY ALEXANDER. I am the wife of James Alexander; we live at No. 2, West-place, Bath-street, City-road, St. Luke's; he keeps the whole house. Last Monday evening these things were in the parlour, the glass hung in the room, the tea-caddy was on a table under the glass, and the thimble on the mantle-piece. Between six and seven o'clock in the evening, after dark, a knock came at the door, my sister-in-law went to the door, I heard a cry of thieves, went into the parlour in a minutes, and missed these things - the looking-glass was only taken from its place, and put on a chair by the window, which was up, and the blinds open. I had seen them in the parlour an an hour or two before. The tea-caddy was worth 10 s. The parlour-window was shut, and the shutters shut outside, but not fastened. I did not see the shutters shut, but about half-past five o'clock I saw the window close down - I do not think that it was fastened, it was then dark; the things were then safe, and the looking-glass hanging up. The officer produced my thimble.
THOMAS BRADFORD. I am a constable. I was on duty in John's-row, and as we came to the prosecutrix's window, about a quarter before seven o'clock, a woman cried out "There is somebody jumped out of the window." I went immediately to the window, a man stood there, whom I thought belonged to the woman; he pulled the prisoner out of the window, and said,
"You rascal, here is one of them;" he was in the parlour. The man then ran away. The prisoner ran to the paling, and five or six people secured him, while we pursued the man. On my return I searched him, and found this thimble at his feet, it dropped from him.
JOHN TWEEDY. I am a constable. I was with Bradford; his account his perfectly correct. I found the glass on the chair.
(Property produced and sworn to.)
Prisoner's Defence. I was walking along, kicked the thimble, picked it up, and put it into my pocket, it fell out of my pocket as it had a hole in it. I was not in the house.
GUILTY. Aged 15.
Sentenced to Death.
Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Holroyd.
Merciful Lord in Heaven!
See original (page 1, page 2).
Monday, July 23, 2007
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Friday night was the Harry Potter 7 release party at which we had, I dunno. . .1300 people?? Lotsa people. Too many people. All raving lunatic Harry Potter fans. I got home at about 4 a.m. the next (Saturday) morning. Could not sleep. Spent Saturday "day" staring at sales numbers. Now I wanna sleep.
Thimbles available from Birchcroft China.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
The Charleston (SC) Mercury,
25 March 1856: issue 9562; col. C.
The Galveston (TX) Daily News,
9 March 1882: issue 301; col. I.
St. Louis (MO) Globe-Democrat,
1 September 1885: page 6, issue 101, col. E.
Now I know how to clean my thimbles.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
20 October 1866: issue 16,900; col. F.
Sterling Silver Atlantic Cable Thimble, ca. 1870.
US$51.64; 9 bids, starting at US$15.00.
16 July 2007.
Another auction from one of my favorite eBay sellers, Elegant Arts Antiques. This thimble design is the same as that of the thimble used in the preceding article, so it has since been referred to as the "Atlantic Cable" design.
Monday, July 16, 2007
OK, maybe not my absolute favorite kind of music, but there are big (?) fans of this sort of thing.
There is a company called Columbus Washboard Company that can supply you with all your Washboard playing needs. They even have a page with links to mp3 tracks of washboard music. They also have a helpful list on how to use your washboard to actually wash your clothes.
[A note: the first item on the aforementioned list states: "It is okay to wash laundry in cold water." When you use Google Language Tools to translate this into French and then back into English it comes out as, "It is okay to wash laundry in cold toilets." Actually, that is not such a good idea. Except maybe in France?]
Sunday, July 15, 2007
I don't think so. It is more likely Greek with Russian markings meant to fool thimble collectors. It just doesn't have the craftsmanship of pre- or post-Revolution Russian enamelled-silver thimbles. The enamelling is clunky and the metalwork is neither intricate nor well done.
I'm not blaming the seller. I'm sure the seller thinks--believes-- it's a Russian enamelled-silver thimble. What do non-thimble-people know about Russian enamelled-silver thimbles? What do non-thimble-people know about any thimbles? Maybe that they're used for sewing. They always get the finger wrong, plopping them willy-nilly on the index finger. They don't know.
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Friday, July 13, 2007
Thursday, July 12, 2007
The idea with the box is that they advertise products based on certain keywords they pick up from this blog. Mostly it's the word thimble, so they usually show one of a few different thimbles they sell. But sometimes it's some other thing, like this one Yoga DVD that pops up. Heaven only knows why.
I noticed yesterday that the little ad was for this Arctic Ice Shot mold (at left), and, as I did with the Yoga DVD, I thought, "What the. . . ?"
But then. . .
Aha!. . . they're like little ice thimbles!
But clearly the gigantic computer at Amazon.com does not "know" that the Arctic Ice Shots are shaped like thimbles. I checked out the listing. The word thimble is not to be found. I'm sure it's just a coincidence.
Hmm. . .
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
16 July 2007
Lot 137: A nineteenth century sewing étui; unmarked; the leather fitted case comprising a pair of scissors, a bodkin, pincushion, a later thimble with the motto "Forget Me Not," a tape measure, a thread waxer, and a bradle, the inside lid cover lifts off to reveal a hand written billet doux which reads, "How Can a Pledge So Small Impart the Warm Affections of a Loving Heart That Beats a Love for You?."
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Christie's, South Kensington
29 July 2007
Monday, July 09, 2007
US$799.99. 7 bids, starting at US$22.10.
1 July 2007.
Estelle Zalkin wrote one of my favorite thimble books, Zalkins Handbook of Thimbles and Sewing Implements, and wrote a column for the old newsletter, Thimbletter. This thimble was part of an auction of her some of her collection held at Christie's back in 1999. I couldn't have afforded it then, and I can't afford it now.
Sunday, July 08, 2007
Daily Central City (CO) Register,
22 December 1869: Issue 127, col. C.
In case clipping shown above is too illegible, the little "poem" says:
I send a thimble for fingers nimble,
Which I hope will fit you when you try it;
It will last you long, if it's half as strong
As the hint that you gave me to buy it.
Saturday, July 07, 2007
Friday, July 06, 2007
Christie's, London, South Kensington
10 July 2007
Sorry I'm so tardy in posting this!
Thursday, July 05, 2007
GBP 363.78 (approx. US$731.54--ouch!). 14 bids starting at GBP 25.01 (US$50.29).
23 June 2007.
This is another one of those thimbles that is, though highly desired among thimble collectors generally, not one I personally have a big yearning for. Maybe it's more impressive seen in person, but as shown here and in other photos I've seen, it isn't really my cup of tea.
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
I don't think I'd want a thimble with NAG inscribed on it. But that's just me.
The woman involved is a Dr. Nancy A. Guilford. She had apparently landed in Liverpool the previous week, aboard the steamer Vancouver, under the name Mrs. McAllister, of Chicago. She was wanted in the United States on charges of second degree murder in connection with the murder of an Emma Gill in Bridgeport, Connecticut, an affair known then as the Yellow Mill Pond Tragedy.
There had been considerable difficulty in correctly identifying Miss Gill's body. Several people came forth and "positively identified" her body as that of Nellie Lauckery, Marion Perkins, and Louisa King.
Eventually, it was detemined that the body belonged to Miss Gill, a 24-year-old domestic employed in Southington, Connecticut, who'd come to Dr. Guilford for "a criminal operation" (presumably an abortion--this was 1898) from which she died. Her body was then dismembered in Dr. Guilford's bathtub, with the severed parts disposed of in Yellow Mill Pond. Albert "Harry" Oxley was charged as an accomplice "to the extent of being responsible for the condition of the girl and consenting to a criminal operation." I cannot determine the fate of Mr. Oxley, but Dr. Guilford plead guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to ten years in prison and fined one dollar.
I don't know how many 2007 dollars equal one 1898 dollar, but it somehow doesn't seem to be enough.
Monday, July 02, 2007
Sunday, July 01, 2007
OK, I really don't want to know. . .
Apparently it's called a Millard Thimble Retractor and has something to do with plastic surgery. There's even one with two hooks.
Merciful Heaven! I don't deal well with medical stuff. Ever since my 7th grade Math teacher went on and on about how we'd all sever our Achilles tendons by wearing sandals to school, I get really queasy. Eeeeewwwwww.