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WMID-2EBFF5: Post Medieval tools and equipment palm guard (front and back views)

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THIMBLE

Unique ID: WMID-2EBFF5

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation

A complete cast lead leather worker's palm guard, probably dating from the 17th-20th century AD (length: 88mm; width: 57mm; thickness: 6.5mm; weight: exceeds weight limit of scales).

This palm guard is sub-oval in plan and irregularly flat in section. There are two fairly deep circular depressions (diameter: 16.5mm; possible depth of depressions: 3mm) on one side of the artefact. The object appears to have been cast in a fresh water mussel or oyster, similar to other examples known. The underside of the guard is flat without any indentations.

Leather workers' palm guards are discussed in an article in Gordon Bailey's 'Detector Finds 2', 1993, pages 64-5. Originally identified by W. Wyman of London, most of the examples are made of lead, although some have the addition of tin, which was used to produce a harder metal. The final product, when made, was enclosed in a thin leather pouch or wrapped in cloth which would have a hole going through it to match a depression in the lead. The whole lot was then strapped to the hand and would give protection when forcing needles through touch material. Dating of these artefacts is very difficult, although the earliest examples seem to date from the 17th century AD, although they may have been in use right through to the 20th century (Bailey, 1993, page 64).

A similar palm guard has been recorded by the Portable Antiquities Scheme (WMID-B40425) and was found at Alderminster, Warwickshire.

Class: palm guard

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Period to: MODERN
Date from: AD 1600
Date to: AD 2000

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 88 mm
Width: 57 mm
Thickness: 6.5 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 31st October 2006

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Staffordshire (County)
District: South Staffordshire (District)
Parish or ward: Lapley, Stretton and Wheaton Aston (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SJ8613
Four figure Latitude: 52.714474
Four figure longitude: -2.208679
1:25K map: SJ8613
1:10K map: SJ81SE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Bailey, G. 1995 Detector Finds Chelmsford Greenlight Publishing pages 64-5

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Audit data

Recording Institution: WMID
Created: 15 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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