First Edition book Zalkin’s Handbook of Thimbles & Sewing Implements by Estelle Zalkin. Copyright@1988. This book is out-of-print.
Two are signed copies. Specify your preference when ordering. Three books like new, one has a few spots on 1st and second, plus last page but rest of book is clean.
This two hundred and seventy-four page book encompasses years and years of in-depth research undertaken by Mrs. Zalkin and it covers many subjects. Thimbles made from bone, ivory, silver, gold. Subjects covered include the Dorcas thimble, Advertising, Commemorative’s, Continental thimbles, Russian thimbles just to name a few.
There are also chapters on sewing tools. Scissors, tape measures, sewing clamps, boxes, pincushions etc.
Book has many illustrations, black and white photos as well as gorgeous color plates.
Towards the end of the book you will find a section on trademarks and there is also a price guideline.
Over the years, Mrs. Zalkin has contributed articles to many publications and she was very generous with her time and research. This has enabled collectors in this field, to identify their treasures. Her vast thimble and sewing tool collection was sold at Christie’s South Kensington, England in 1999. This book should be on every collectors shelf as a reference guide.