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THIMBLE

Unique ID: SF6273

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Probable sewing ring made from a sheet of copper alloy bent round and originally with a soldered seam. The rim is unthickened but has a bold groove around it which gives the impression of an out-turned edge. Above this is a zone of indentations; five rows of circular depressions set in diagonal rows, which appear to have been made in one operation (perhaps using a rouletting wheel) rather than individually. Above this is a single row of smaller indentations, then a faint groove. The soldered seam has burst open but traces of the silvery solder can be seen. Although the top begins to curve inwards, there is no evidence that a cap was added to turn the ring into a thimble proper. Probably 16th century.

Included in Read 2018 as no. 53. Read notes that 16th-century thimbles with soldered seams are unusual (2018, 12 and 16-17).

Class: ring

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1500
Date to: Circa AD 1600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 14 mm
Weight: 5.34 g
Diameter: 19 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 1st January 1992 - Monday 1st January 2001

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: Suffolk Coastal (District)
To be known as: SUFFOLK CLOPTON

Spatial coordinates


Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SF
Created: 20 years ago
Updated: 3 years ago

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