SUSS-76A784: Medieval thimble

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THIMBLE

Unique ID: SUSS-76A784

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A late Medieval copper alloy thimble, probably dating from the 15th century. The thimble has slightly sloping sides and a domed top. The surface is decorated with individually punched circular holes in a continuous anti-clockwise (left-hand) spiral, starting from a bare 'tonsure' at the centre of the top and ending in a slightly thickened band at the base. One pit no pierces the metal. There is no clear evidence of folding or notches at the base. The thimble is 21.8mm tall, 20.7mm in diameter at the base, 1.8mm thick and weighs 8.41g. For a similar example (but without a clear tonsure) see Egan (1998) The Medieval Household fig 206, Number 831 (p267) .

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1400
Date to: Circa AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 21.8 mm
Thickness: 1.8 mm
Weight: 8.41 g
Diameter: 20.7 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 6th November 2008

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: West Sussex (County)
District: Arun (District)
To be known as: Walberton

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: GPS (from the 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
Egan, G. 1998 The Medieval Household: Daily Living c.1150-c.1450 (Medieval Finds from Excavations in London) London The Stationery Office fig 206, p267 831

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SUSS
Created: 13 years ago
Updated: 3 years ago

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