Collectible porcelain KIWI thimble with hand-painted gold trim depicting the Kiwi bird on the front and a plain back on a bright white porcelain china sewing thimble body. Excellent condition with no chips, cracks or other damage to note. Estate item.
The Kiwi bird, of the order Apterygiformes-Ratitae, occurs only in New Zealand. Although primarily a bird of New Zealand’s native forests, kiwis also live in scrub and native grasslands. Because the kiwi is a semi-nocturnal, secretive bird, few New Zealanders have seen their national bird in the wild.
The kiwi is the sole survivor of an ancient order of birds including the now extinct moas. A flightless bird about the size of a domestic fowl, the kiwi has coarse, bristly, hair-like feathers. Females are larger than males.
Kiwis grow to about the size of a chicken and weigh between three and nine pounds. They have no tail and tiny two inch wings which for all practical purposes, are useless. Despite its awkward appearance, a kiwi can actually outrun a human and have managed to survive because of their alertness and their sharp, three-toed feet, which enable them to kick and slash an enemy.
The kiwi’s long slender bill has nostrils at the lower end. Using its excellent sense of smell and flexible bill, the kiwi feeds on worms, insects and grubs, supplemented by leaves, berries and seeds. There are five kinds of kiwi in New Zealand - three closely related, the Brown Kiwis, the Little Spotted Kiwi and the Great Spotted Kiwi.
How do decal thimbles differ from those that are handpainted? A decal or transfer is applied to the blank thimble and the factory can then churn out more thimbles with identical patterns. Under a magnifying glass, a decal shows up as hundreds of small dots, similar to newspaper print seen under magnification.
This collectible porcelain china Kiwi thimble measures 1-1/4" tall and is nearly 1" in diameter at the base. No maker's mark. Would make a nice addition to a bird or avian thimble collection.
A2328 - Collectible Porcelain China Thimble KIWI Gold Trim
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