Question: In Colonial America, what household item was often given in place of an engagement ring?
Answer: The roots of the modern-day wedding ring in America has an interesting tie to a thimble. Puritans that colonized in early America considered jewelry frivolous and renounced wedding bands. A common practice among these early Americans was for a man to present a thimble to his fiancée which was symbolic of his wish to marry her. The thimble was considered practical and significantly more useful to the women. After the wedding, women would cut off the rim on the thimble which created a wedding band. Thus, the practice of wedding rings began.
The answer is: Thimble