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Collectible Porcelain China Thimble SWALLOW Gold Trim
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Collectible porcelain SWALLOW thimble with hand-painted gold trim depicting the Swallow 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 swallows and martins are a group of passerine birds in the family Hirundinidae which are characterised by their adaptation to aerial feeding. Swallow is used colloquially in Europe as a synonym for the Barn Swallow.  This family comprises two subfamilies: Pseudochelidoninae (the river martins of the genus Pseudochelidon) and Hirundininae (all other swallows and martins).  Within the Hirundininae, the name "martin" tends to be used for the squarer-tailed species, and the name "swallow" for the more fork-tailed species; however, there is no scientific distinction between these two groups.  The family contains around 83 species in 19 genera.

The swallows have a cosmopolitan distribution across the world and breed on all the continents except Antarctica.  It is believed that this family originated in Africa as hole-nesters; Africa still has the greatest diversity of species.  They also occur on a number of oceanic islands. A number of European and North American species are long-distance migrants; by contrast, the West and South African swallows are non-migratory.  A few species of swallow and martin are threatened with extinction by human activities, although other species have benefited from human changes to the environment and live around humans.

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 Swallow 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. 

A2339 - Collectible Porcelain China Thimble SWALLOW Gold Trim
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