A charming vintage French .800 sewing thimble with a highly collectable representing a scene from the La Fontaine fables. The band features a scene from the Milkmaid and the Pot of Milk (La Laitière et le pot au Lait). Also referred to as The Milk Maid, or sometimes, The Broken Picture. It depicts, as the name suggest, a young girl crying over her broken pitcher of milk, the band further decorated with images of a farmyard scene with cows and chickens. Typical of French thimbles of this period it has "waffle" style knurling. In overall good vintage condition with general signs of wear/use, no dents or holes, slightly out of round opening at the bottom as shown. Measures 1" height x 5/8" diameter opening. Hallmarked with the French head of the wild boar, in use from 1838 to indicate a silver content of .800/1000. The mark was typically used on small objects of at least 80% pure silver alloy. Bearing a maker's mark, appears to be silversmith Louis Plumont, a goldsmith and collaborator of René Lorillon, the manufacturer Maison Lorillon was renown for their thimbles representing the La Fontaine fables. René Lorillon died in the First World War at a young age, Louis Plumont took charge of the workshop under the direction of René Lorillon's wife. When "Le Dé a Coudre" was created, Louis Plumont's wife became manager. Plumont thus had access to the Lorillon dies and it is not surprising, therefore, to find similar thimbles with either R.L. (Lorillon) or P.L. (Plumont) as the hallmarks.