SF-EEEF28: Post Medieval thimble.

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THIMBLE

Unique ID: SF-EEEF28

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A copper-alloy Post Medieval thimble, dating to c. AD 1520-1620. It has tapering sides and a shallow domed top; the indentations are oval and have been machine drilled in a right-hand spiral, running from the base up the sides and covering the crown of the thimble. The outer face of its base has a circumferential groove; at the start of the indentations, just above the aforementioned groove, there is a maker's mark probably depicting a transverse A. The surfaces are in fair condition, although it is slightly squashed. 

Thimbles with makers' marks appear to have been imported mostly from Nuremberg where, under the ordinances of the Guild of Thimblemakers, all thimbles and sewing rings were required to carry the mark of the master who made them (Holmes, 1988, p. 3).

Height: 18.58mm

Diameter (squashed): 21.72mm

Thickness: 0.67mm

Weight: 4.11g

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Exactly AD 1520
Date to: Exactly AD 1620

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 18.58 mm
Thickness: 0.67 mm
Weight: 4.11 g
Diameter: 21.72 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 14th October 2019

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: Finder's reference: cov 52

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete
Surface Treatment: Incised or engraved or chased

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: Waveney (District)
To be known as: Covehithe

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: Centred on field
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Other
Specific landuse: Other

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Holmes, E.F. 2004 Finds Research Group Datasheet London Finds Research Group p. 3

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SF
Created: About one year ago
Updated: About one year ago

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