In early America it was customary for a girl to be given a set of thimbles as she approached woman-hood. Truly utilitarian objects, yet endearing, thimbles were often embellished and given as keep-sakes. A young man wishing to gain favor, could commission a silversmith to make a special one. Sometimes thimbles were used as engagement presents. One could be sized for the lady’s ring finger with the bottom collar as a band of silver or gold. For the wedding, the band was sawn off to become the ring and the thimble remained a valued treasure.