Back  


Read this interesting Article about Enamel Thimbles
Opens in a new window


Enamel Thimbles

  


The word “enamel” in our context refers to one coating (usually shiny) over another surface. The enamel we’re referring to is the form called vitreous enamel. This is the result of the fusion of powdered glass to a metal base through the process of heating or firing. At a high temperature (usually between 750 and 850 degrees Celsius) the powder melts and flows and then hardens as a smooth coating over the metal.
 

Once cooled, the enamel needs to be polished to achieve a glassy finish. It can also be applied as a paste and can be transparent or opaque when fired.

 

Vitreous enamel has many wonderful properties: it’s smooth, hard, chemically inert and can take on bright, jewel like colors that last through the ages. The primary drawback is its tendency to shatter or crack when struck or when the metal base is bent. This is probably the reason we have no examples of enamel thimbles prior to the 18th century, even though we have

written records of some made as early as the 1500s.
 
Deals on Ebay
Click on Item with no obligation to buy

Sterling Silver (?) Enamel Thimble Vintage Blue and Gold with White Flowers

Sterling Silver (?) Enamel Thimble Vintage Blue and Gold with White Flowers

PayPal - $19.99 42m
Filigree Russian Sliver PLate Thimble With Enamel Brown Cat

Filigree Russian Sliver PLate Thimble With Enamel Brown Cat

PayPal - $19.99 1h 6m
One Cloisonne Enamel and brass thimble,  flowers on a white background

One Cloisonne Enamel and brass thimble, flowers on a white background

PayPal - $7.00 1h 41m
Vintage Cloisonne - Brass & Enamel Flying Crane Thimble - Blue White Black Gold

Vintage Cloisonne - Brass & Enamel Flying Crane Thimble - Blue White Black Gold

PayPal - $12.99 2h 27m
BUDDHA  Enamel Thimble - NEW

BUDDHA Enamel Thimble - NEW

PayPal - $15.00 2h 49m
 Thimble 925 Sterling Silver  Collectible Flower Pattern Turquoise Enamel

Thimble 925 Sterling Silver Collectible Flower Pattern Turquoise Enamel

PayPal - $33.00 3h 18m
4020603 - Cat Thimble (Heartwood Creek by Jim Shore) Metal w  Baked Enamel

4020603 - Cat Thimble (Heartwood Creek by Jim Shore) Metal w Baked Enamel

PayPal - $15.00 3h 36m
6 Pcs Cloisonne Copper Enameled Thimble Thumbstall, Spanish Berlin Style Pattern

6 Pcs Cloisonne Copper Enameled Thimble Thumbstall, Spanish Berlin Style Pattern

PayPal - $11.99 4h 6m
6 Cloisonne Copper Enameled Thimble Thumbstall, Spanish Style & TATANIC  Pattern

6 Cloisonne Copper Enameled Thimble Thumbstall, Spanish Style & TATANIC Pattern

PayPal - $11.99 5h 12m
FRENCH ANTIQUE GREEN ENAMEL TRAVEL SEWING KIT FOR PURSE W  THIMBLE . SEE MORE !

FRENCH ANTIQUE GREEN ENAMEL TRAVEL SEWING KIT FOR PURSE W THIMBLE . SEE MORE !

PayPal - $79.99 6h 27m