Vintage SPODE bone china collectible sewing thimble called BUTTERCUP which was the "Flower of The Year" and created exclusively for the Thimble Collectors Club by Spode, England. (c. 1986) Excellent condition with no damage to note. Estate item.
Each year, Spode selects a different flower to portray on an exquisite bone china thimble, topped with a delightful gold flower motif. 1986's flower is the Buttercup (Ranunculus Acris) which brings a splash of yellow to many a British meadow.
Josiah Spode founded Spode in 1776. His son, also Josiah, was responsible in 1797 for perfecting the process of adding bone ash to china clay to produce fine bone china, which is still used today as the benchmark for good china. This gives strength, whiteness and translucence to the Spode china thimbles.
Spode underwent several name changes, according to von Hoelle, until William Copeland's son, Josiah's partner, took over the company in 1833 and from 1847 the name of the firm was Copeland. This name reverted to Spode in 1970 and thimbles were made in Stoke-on-Trent, England of fine bone china, from 1974. Spode became part of Royal Worcester in 1986, but still produced thimbles with the Spode backstamp. Sadly, production of Spode thimbles was discontinued in 1993.
The apexes has a self-patterned floral design, with a slight knob at the center. This apex is gilded on most of Spode's thimbles, which makes Spode thimbles quite distinctive.
This vintage English Spode bone china Buttercup collectible thimble measures 1" tall x 3/4" wide and is marked on the inside with SPODE in red ink, and FINE BONE CHINA ENGLAND.
A2236 - Vintage SPODE Bone China BUTTERCUP Collectible Thimble