But what size to get? The thimble says on it "4" and the sizes seem to start at 5. Or rather, they are in millimetres - 15, 16, 17... and those are diameters. How do you measure the diameter of a finger?
Of course it makes sense to go to a shop and try on various sizes of thimble. I will do that. But in the meantime, the subject of thimbles has achieved some interest, and research. (People who collect thimbles are known as digitabulists, apparently.)
history - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thimble - "In 1693, a Dutch thimble manufacturer named John Lofting established a thimble manufactory in Islington, in London, England, expanding British thimble production to new heights."
various other sites with thimble info -
http://thimbleselect.bizland.com - includes "a miscellany of thimbles" identification guide
http://prqc.com/thimble_sizing.htm - how to size a thimble for your thumb
http://www.ukdfd.co.uk/pages/thimble.html - UK identification site, for thimbles found with metal detectors
http://www.jeanturner.co.uk/content/lace-thimble-sizing-chart.php - thimble sizing, geared to lacemakers
http://www.thimbles2fit.com/sizing.html - US ring sizes used for thimble sizes, with printable ring sizer
http://marmaladekiss.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/using-thimble.html - how to use a thimble
http://www.dimensionsinfo.com/thimble-dimensions - the standard height of a thimble is 5/8 inch
http://thimbles.zzl.org/Childrens.html - children's thimbles
http://www.fingerhutmuseum.de - thimble museum in Germany
http://www.ehow.com/how_5994400_make-paper-thimble.html - how to make a paper thimble (a photo or drawing would have been helpful - the instructions flummoxed me)
http://www.taunton.com/threads/pages/t00077.asp - make a leather thimble - pattern and instructions
|Making "shot glass and thimble cookies" - image from here, where you can find the recipe|