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Thimble, Common Vintage Plastic
Common Vintage Plastic thimble
Great for all rubbing surfaces.

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  • Common Vintage Plastic
  • Lightweight Design
  • Budget Priced
  • Size guaranteed accurate to within .5mm (1/2 mm) in diameter.
  • Limited Supply: Order now - when they're gone, they're gone.
  • Size pictured: 16mm (fingers).
  • Size pictured: 17mm (thumb).
  • Your item may differ from photos.
Why shop here?
Common Vintage Plastic Thimbles
Vintage Plastic thimbles at a budget price

Don't miss this chance to grab a handful of quality light-weight vintage plastic injection molded thimbles at a budget price.

Why Choose these Thimbles?

Kind to Your Washboard
Plastic thimbles are significantly softer than metal. So they make the rubbing surface last longer.

Delivers Softer Tone
Since plastic is softer than metal, they produce a softer tone. This is a definite advantage when you do not want to overpower the rest of the band.

Historically Eventful Slogans

Most of the thimbles in this lot came from individual thimble collectors and thimble clubs. The rest represent various political, commercial, civic, and spiritual groups. These thimbles were usually used as give-away premiums. A few are vanity thimbles which served as keepsakes at weddings or handed out as party favors at private events. The slogans on some of the thimbles are a real hoot!

Sew you vote right 1980

Will we get action
with Rev. Jessie Jackson?
for President 1984


Berry Farm
Buena Park, California

This Buss Stops for Thimbles

Finger Nimble--
Here's a Thimble from
Dayton, Ohio

Thimble Collectors
Dearborn, Mich 1982

How these Thimbles were Produced

The thimble designs in this lot are pretty much identical. Each thimble sports a small rough bur on the rim that you might want to sand off. The bur is where the thimble breaks off during the plastic injection molding process that forms an item.

These vintage plastic thimbles came from different sources where they were probably stored in a box in the garage or supply room for years. Most look brand new. Some might reveal a little dust or slight wear. Each thimble features a traditional domed crown, fine knurling, and extended rim. The durable plastic design offers you a quality musical implement at a fraction of the weight of standard nickel plated steel thimbles.

So get these thimbles if you want your nice old washboard to last longer. You will also want plastic thimbles when you don't want to overpower your bandmates. And if you like the advantages of featherweight durable plastic at a budget price, then these Vintage Plastic Thimbles are definitely for you. The supply is limited, so order now. When they're gone, they're gone.

Assorted Colors
Most of the thimbles are available in yellow, cream, pink, and blue. Specify your color preference in Order Comments text box during checkout (step #4) and I will try to accommodate you.

16.0mm (.038 oz, 1.12g)
17.0mm (.05oz, 1.5g)

Guaranteed Accurate Thimble Size
Welcome to the only shop that specializes in thimbles for washboard players - and guarantees the listed size accurate to within .5mm (1/2 mm) in diameter at the rim.

The thimbles described on this page display no size markings. Actual diameter was determined using digital calipers.

What is Your Thimble Size?
Download FREE Paper Thimble Gauge (269 kb pdf)

In a Rush? Find Thimble Size Instantly.
Here's How:
1. Measure finger circumference
2. Find thimble size
66/21 65/21 63/20 61/20 59.5/19 58/19 56.5/18 54/17 52/17 50/16 47/15 46/15 44/14 43/14 41/13 40/13 36/12 33/11

If your finger measures 50 mm, then thimble size is 16 mm (50/16).

Item# Item Name Only Qty Add
T-V02-0100-16.0 Thimble, Common Vintage Plastic, 16.0mm
T-V02-0100-17.0 Thimble, Common Vintage Plastic, 17.0mm
(Out of Stock)
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  • Domed Crown: Rounded top prevents premature board routing.
  • Virtually New: Most have never been used.
  • Limited Sizes: Almost all are 16mm.
  • Various Slogans: Political, commercial, civic, spiritual, thimble orgs, vanity.
  • Durable Plastic: Thimble delivers solid tone.
  • Vintage Plastic: Most seem to date from the 1970s-80s.
  • Thimble Hardness: Great for all rubbing surfaces.
  • Lightweight Design: Light on your fingers. Weight does not slow you down.
  • Size Determined w/Digital Calipers: Guaranteed accurate within .5mm (1/2 mm).

Technical Specs:
  • Crown Type: Knurled dome
  • Sizes: 16.0mm to 17.0mm
  • Weight: .03 oz (16mm)
  • Weight: .05 oz (17mm)
  • Composition: Plastic
  • Manufacturing Process: Plastic injection molded
  • Imprinted Text: Messages vary.
  • Manufacturer: Unk

Average Customer Review: Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 1 Write a review.

  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 Unexpected Surprise January 8, 2011
Reviewer: Steve Litsios from La Chaux-de-Fonds, Neuchatel Switzerland  
After two months of use, these are becoming my favorite thimbles for practicing and other situations where it's nice to not be too loud, like playing along with an acoustic guitarist in my kitchen.
I though they would be too fragile to really use but not at all, no signs of any distress and I've put them through a lot of hard hitting and rubbing! Plus they're colorful,  fun and they feel great, nothing "plastic" about how they sound. A perfect match for my Zinc King #703.
The only minus is that they're a bit thin for getting a loud ring from a bell or cymbal.

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