IOW-B0F192: Post-Medieval Thimble. Treasure case no. 2009 T249

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THIMBLE

Unique ID: IOW-B0F192

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A fragment of a silver thimble of post-Medieval, seventeenth century date (1600-1700). Treasure case no. 2009 T249. A fragment of a silver thimble folded through 180°. The crown and part of the wall are missing. The indentations in the upper part are regular and circular and the lower part is decorated with a frieze of repetitive fleurs-de-lis interrupted by a small panel containing two hearts. Both hearts are supported by putti, one of which is complete while only the hand and arm of the other survives. The hearts are inscribed with the owner’s initials: M W. Above these letters are the maker’s initials: R I. The rim is pierced with a small circular hole, possibly for suspension. 16.1 x 14.1mm. Weight: 1.79g. Silver thimbles were used increasingly by the European nobility and gentry during the 17th Century but surviving examples are rare, given that thimbles were much used and, when worn, were likely to have been melted down for their bullion value. In England, silver thimbles are documented as having been donated by women on the Parliamentary side to be melted down during the Civil War. Even later 17th Century English silver thimbles are rare, with few pieces in the national collections in the British Museum and the Museum of London.

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Brighstone, Isle of Wight: Post-Medieval silver thimble (2009 T249) Date: 17th century Discovery: Found by Mr J Jerram while metal-detecting in May 2009. Description: A fragment of a silver thimble folded through 180°. The crown and part of the wall are missing. The indentations in the upper part are regular and circular and the lower part is decorated with a frieze of repetitive fleurs-de-lis interrupted by a small panel containing two hearts. Both hearts are supported by putti, one of which is complete while only the hand and arm of the other survives. The hearts are inscribed with the owner’s initials: M W. Above these letters are the maker’s initials: R I. The rim is pierced with a small circular hole, possibly for suspension. Discussion: Silver thimbles were used increasingly by the European nobility and gentry during the 17th Century but surviving examples are rare, given that thimbles were much used and, when worn, were likely to have been melted down for their bullion value. In England, silver thimbles are documented as having been donated by women on the Parliamentary side to be melted down during the Civil War. Even later 17th Century English silver thimbles are rare, with few pieces in the national collections in the British Museum and the Museum of London. Dimensions: 16.1 x 14.1mm. Weight: 1.79g. Metal content: The find contains a minimum of 10% silver. Consequently, in terms of age and as the object contains a minimum of 10% precious metal it qualifies as Treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act 1996. Frank Basford, Finds Liaison Officer, Isle of Wight, May 2009

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: AD 1600
Date to: AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 16.1 mm
Width: 14.1 mm
Weight: 1.79 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 6th May 2009

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: Treasure case no. 2009 T249

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Manufacture method: Multiple
Completeness: Fragment

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
District: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Brighstone

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
Discovery circumstances: Metal detecting rally
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

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