If good things come in small packages, then thimble collectors have certainly taken that old adage to heart. Originally a utilitarian tool used to protect one's fingers from needle pricks while sewing; the thimble began to pick up steam as a curio cabinet-worthy collectible in the 16th century, when they were regarded as suitable gifts for ladies. They reached their full stride as collectibles in the middle of the 19th century, when merchants issued commemorative thimbles at The Great Exhibition in Hyde Park, London, England. Clear a little space for your next diminutive showpiece. Choose a gold or silver thimble with decorative embossing or engraving, or adorned with enameled designs like blossoms, birds, or landscapes. Or how about a genuine vintage silver thimble, like an early 20th century Ketcham & McDougall floral-embossed thimble, a .925 sterling thimble inlaid with turquoise from the silver-centric town of Taxco, Mexico, or a vintage sterling thimble festooned with a wee blue and red enamel bird. Explore the big selection of tiny keepsakes offered by reliable sellers on eBay, and bring those good things home.