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Limited Edition Porcelain Thimble BALTIMORE ORIOLE / Franklin Porcelain / GARDEN BIRDS
Peter Barrett
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Limited edition and signed collectible porcelain bone china thimble depicting a BALTIMORE ORIOLE "Icterus galbula" by Franklin Porcelain.  This fine porcelain thimble is from Franklin Porcelain's GARDEN BIRDS collection.  Featuring a colorful Baltimore Oriole on the front and a hand-painted 24K gold band on the top and two on the bottom.  (c. 1979) Excellent condition with no damage to note.

The Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) is a small icterid blackbird that averages 18 cm long and weighs 34 g.  This bird received its name from the fact that the male's colors resemble those on the coat-of-arms of Lord Baltimore.  At one time, this species and the Bullock's Oriole, Icterus bullockii, were considered to be a single species called the Northern Oriole.  The Baltimore Orioles, a Major League Baseball team in Baltimore, Maryland, were named after this bird. It is also the state bird of Maryland.

In the late 1970's and early 1980's, Barrett teamed up with Franklin Porcelain.  Franklin Porcelain used "Peter Barrett" as a signature brand.  Among his crafted and painted products with Franklin Porcelain were a set of thimbles with hand-painted images of birds on them.  Franklin Porcelain issued this series of Garden Birds thimbles as a set of 25 in 1979.  Each thimble depicts a different type of bird in a garden setting, with the scientific name of the bird written in gold script on the back. 

Peter Barrett (born 1935) is a British painter, illustrator, graphic designer and children's book author.  He is best known for illustrating several James Herriot's books as well as for his detailed watercolor paintings of English wildlife and the countryside.

This vintage collectible limited edition porcelain thimble measures 1-1/8" tall and 7/8" in diameter.  Fully marked on the inside with FRANKLIN PORCELAIN backstamp in gold, their logo mark of Franklin, LIMITED EDITION, FINE BONE CHINA, the date 1979 and Peter Barrett's signature.

A2286 - Limited Edition Porcelain Thimble BALTIMORE ORIOLE / Franklin Porcelain / GARDEN BIRDS / Peter Barrett
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