Very unusual collectible vintage floral cloisonné enamel collectible sewing thimble with two distinct carved red flower motif on a white enamel background with violet vining flowers with green foliage, bright blue scallop trim, all outlined in metallic gold with a dimpled gold top. Excellent condition.
There is a large carved flower on one side, and what seems to be a collection of flower petals on the other. This 3-dimensional carving on both sides seems to be made of a very hard-fired clay. This collectible vintage cloisonné enamel thimble measures 1-1/8" high, 7/8" tall and is quite heavy. This vintage collectible thimble itself seems to be made of brass. Even the inside of the this cloisonné thimble is enameled with bright blue enamel. Unmarked and unknown as to maker.
Cloisonné is an ancient technique for decorating metalwork objects, in recent centuries using vitreous enamel, and in older periods also inlays of cut gemstones, glass, and other materials. The resulting objects can also be called cloisonné.
The decoration is formed by first adding compartments (cloisons in French) to the metal object by soldering or adhering silver or gold wires or thin strips placed on their edges. These remain visible in the finished piece, separating the different compartments of the enamel or inlays, which are often of several colors. Cloisonné enamel objects are worked on with enamel powder made into a paste, which then needs to be fired in a kiln.
The technique was in ancient times mostly used for jewelry and small fittings for clothes, weapons or similar small objects decorated with geometric or schematic designs, with thick cloison walls. In the Byzantine Empire techniques using thinner wires were developed to allow more pictorial images to be produced, mostly used for religious images and jewelry, and now always using enamel.
By the 14th century this enamel technique had spread to China, where it was soon used for much larger vessels such as bowls and vases; the technique remains common in China to the present day, and cloisonné enamel objects using Chinese-derived styles were produced in the West from the 18th century.
A2703 - Unique Floral CLOISONNE ENAMEL Collectible Sewing Thimble CARVED RED FLOWER