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En fingerborg är ett redskap (vanligen av metall) format som en liten bägare eller hylsa, vilken vid sömnad träs på långfingret för att skydda fingertoppen från stick när nålen sticks genom tyget.
Finns även i porslin, läder, gummi, valben, tänder, elfenben och andra material.
I Sverige har fingerborgen varit känd sedan 1500-talet.

Fingerborg heter thimble på engelska.

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The earliest thimble was Roman and found at Pompeii. Made of bronze, it has been dated to the first
century AD.
Advanced thimblemakers enhanced thimbles with
semi-precious stones to decorating the apex (toppen) or along the outer rim.

Originally, thimbles were used solely for pushing a needle through fabric or leather as it was being sewn. However they have since gained many other uses. In the 1800s they were used to measure spirits (hence the phrase "just a thimbleful"). Women of the night used them in the practice of thimble-knocking where they would tap on a window to announce their presence.

In the 19th century many thimbles were made from silver. Because this is a soft metal, it is easily pierced by a steel needle. Charles Horner solved the problem by using a steel core covered inside and out by silver. The result was still as pretty as a traditional silver thimble but more practical and durable. He called his thimble the Dorcas and these are now popular with collectors.

Early American thimbles made of whale bone or tooth featuring miniature scrimshaw (”elfenbebsarbete”) designs are considered valuable collectibles.

During the First World War silver thimbles were collected from "those who had nothing to give" by the British government and melted down to buy hospital equipment. Thimbles have also been used as love-tokens and to commemorate important events.

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