A patent was granted for making the thimble.*
Much later a Monopoly token**
And surprisingly once was, in truth, a love symbol.***
*To John Lofting, a Dutchman transplanted to England. His patent was actually for the horse-powered knurling machine that produced his version [shown above] of what had been around for centuries in various epiphanies.
**It was voted off the board in 2017.
*** In Elizabethan times, beaux would give thimbles to their fair ladies as part of the courtship ritual.
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