Collectible Franklin Mint Thimbles
Collectible Franklin Mint Thimbles are thimbles produced specifically as collectors items by the U.S Franklin Mint.
History and Description
The Franklin Mint was founded by Joseph Segal in Pennsylvania in 1964. A thimble is a traditional covering for the thumb, used in hand sewing, as protection against pricking by needles.
Collectible thimbles are not designed to be used, and are issued in a variety of materials – usually porcelain, but Franklin Mint have also issued collections made from pewter, wood and cloisonné (decorative enamelling.) The designs are often hand-painted, and the porcelain is made by some of the world’s largest porcelain houses.
Guide For Collectors
Franklin Mint issue thimbles in series, such as nature, seasonal, vintage advertising, famous people, and places. Collectors are encouraged to purchase entire series, which can be displayed in purpose-made cases.
Typically, collectors respond to advertising and join the Franklin Mint collector’s club. Thimbles are then sent at regular intervals, each with its own information card which verify that it is issued by Franklin Mint.
Franklin Mint thimbles remain a popular collectible, as they are small, attractive and readily available. Registration with the collector's club was often made as an on-going gift and investment, and collections of many series can be found in estate sales.
Although all Franklin Mint collectibles are noted for being of high quality and great attention to detail, they were mass-produced during the 20th century, and therefore their resale value, even in complete series and original condition, is frequently lower than their original cost.
In May 2012 a collection of fifteen Franklin Mint ‘Friends of The Forest’ porcelain thimbles complete with teak display case was offered for sale for the buy it now price of £45.
A collection of twenty miscellaneous Franklin Mint porcelain thimbles in original boxes was sold by Bill Hood and Sons Arts and Antiques in January 2006 for $50.