Did you know that the first thimbles in England were called "thumb bells" because they were worn on the thumb and shaped like a bell? The shape eventually changed, but the name softened into "thimble." And did you know that a person who collects thimbles is known as a digitabulist? No?? Me neither. :)
Computer search engines are turning me into a real-life Cliff Clavin. :-D Remember "Cheers"? Such a funny show, and good old Cliff was a storehouse of trivia. There was one episode where Cliff was selected to be a contestant on "Jeopardy"; it was just hilarious. My husband and I still laugh about it all these years later.
I thought I would show you the rest of my little treasures from yesterday's post.
This is the other thimble house my mom bought for me years ago. I like the little Victorian "architectural" features, such as the gingerbread trim. It holds the rest of my thimbles, but it contains some other things too...
...small blown-glass pigs with little curly tails; a tiny orange, glass hen (or rooster) bought for me by my son at the Dixie Classic Fair when he was a little boy; a miniature beer stein from the German gift shop at Epcot on our trip to Disneyworld; and a porcelain china teacup and saucer from our local tea shop. There are a few mementos from across The Pond -- an English windmill, two English cottages, and an Irish house.
There's a Lenox swan salt cellar received when we got married; it reminds me of our trip to England. A black Scottie with a red bow sits in the bottom right corner -- no explanation needed there. :) There aren't as many thimbles in this thimble house, but all were gifts from my mom. I LOVE the four Christmas thimbles especially.
So that's it, folks. A friend of mine once remarked that everything in my house has a history. I think she was right up to a point; we do have some new things, and ideally I prefer a mix of the old and the new. How about you? Do you like all new things, all old, or a combination of the two?
Thanks so much for visiting House at Forest Manor. It is so boring here today; I don't know how much more of this gloomy weather I can stand. Hoping for sunshine soon!