BH-C71334: Medieval to post-medieval open-ended thimble or 'sewing ring'.

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Unique ID: BH-C71334

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A copper-alloy open-top thimble, or 'sewing ring', of medieval date. It is made from a piece of metal bent into a cylinder with a clear vertical join, one end overlapping the other. At both the top and bottom edges is a pair of horizontal grooves. The rest of the surface is covered with columns of closely-spaced circular indentations. The upper edge is higher on one side than the other. The thimble measures 16.5mm high, 17.5mm in diameter and has sides 1.6mm thick. The weight is 7.82g.

This appears to be the earliest form of thimble found in Britain, and is dated by Read to the early 13th to mid 15th century (2018, 7-10).

Class: ring

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: with finder
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1200
Date to: Exactly AD 1450

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 16.5 mm
Thickness: 1.6 mm
Weight: 7.82 g
Diameter: 17.5 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 10th October 2007

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: Ver 07/115 - 4

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Oxfordshire (County)
District: South Oxfordshire (District)
To be known as: Towersey

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: with finder
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: BH
Created: 14 years ago
Updated: 3 years ago

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