SUSS-864CD1: Unidentified object of uncertain date

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THIMBLE

Unique ID: SUSS-864CD1

Object type certainty: Certain
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Cast copper alloy palm guard, probably Post Medieval. It is flat and circular with three regularly spaced lobed knops projecting from the outer edge. The back is plain with no evidence of attachments. The front has a raised rim within which is a grid pattern of raised lines. There are several holes going through the piece in the dips between the grid. These holes appear to possibly be the result of mis-casting where insufficient metal has gone into the dips of the grid however they could also be from wear/damage by needles. It is 30.8mm in diameter, 35.9mm including the knops, 5.0mm thick and weighs 14.81 grams. Read (Read, B. Post medieval Palm guard pushers in The Searcher issue no. Feb 2010, pp48-9) has recently discussed several similar items which he has identified as the metal 'pusher' from a palm guard used for pushing needles through the cloth when sewing heavy material such as sailcloth or leather. Dating is currently uncertain but a 17th-18th century date is suggested for the current known examples.

This object has been published by Read (2018, 80) as his Sub-type IIb.

Notes:

Drawing by Claire Goodey

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1600
Date to: AD 1800

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 5 mm
Weight: 14.81 g
Diameter: 30.8 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 1st September 2009

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Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: East Sussex (County)
District: Wealden (District)
To be known as: Fletching

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Read, B. 2010 Palm Guard Pushers Guildford Searcher Publications Ltd
Read, B. 2018 Metal Sewing-Thimbles Found in Britain Oxford Archaeopress 80

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SUSS
Created: 12 years ago
Updated: 3 years ago

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