Collectible fine bone china THIMBLE depicting HOLY TRINITY CHURCH (William Shakespeare) at STRATFORD ON THE AVON by BIRCHCROFT. Excellent condition with no chips, cracks or damage to note. Measures 1-1/8" tall and 7/8" in diameter at the base.
The Collegiate Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity, Stratford-upon-Avon is a Grade I listed parish church of the Church of England in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England. It is often known simply as Shakespeare's Church, due to its fame as the place of baptism and burial of William Shakespeare. More than 200,000 tourists visit the church each year.
Over a number of years, Birchcroft China has produced a wide range of products and designs for promotional use, and in limited quantities as collectible ranges. Birchcroft China is now established as the largest manufacturer of Fine China Thimbles in the world. The company is still very much a family-run business, which was founded by Tony Forbes about 25 years ago.
Initially, thimbles were produced for the souvenir market and between 1985-1995 over a million thimbles were made per year for places as far afield as Australia, Africa, Canada, Europe and the USA. The Birchcroft name became well-known among thimble collectors around the world, and due to the demand, a collectors' club was founded which now has many thousands of members. Most thimbles are limited editions of 500 sets or fewer and have become extremely collectable, with early editions making high prices at auction.
This collectible English thimble is marked on the inside with BIRCHCROFT and their tree logo and FINE BONE CHINA. William Shakespeare
A1996 - Fine Bone China THIMBLE / HOLY TRINITY CHURCH - STRATFORD ON THE AVON / Birchcroft
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