Fine examples of English porcelain thimbles were first manufactured in the early 1800s by the English manufacturers Royal Worcester, Coalport, Spode and Wedgwood, although possibly the richest period for such items is from about 1885 to 1910. This was when thimble production at Royal Worcester in particular was at its height. Although the firm’s early thimbles are seldom marked, they can be identified by their highly translucent bodies, elaborate gilding and detailed brushwork.
Signatures of qualified artists like William Powell, who hand painted a series of British birds for Royal Worcester, only began to appear after 1900. Wedgwood Jasper thimbles were also being made in the first half of the 20th century and by exactly the same methods as they were 150 years earlier
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