IOW-AA5C90: Medieval to Post-Medieval Thimble

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Unique ID: IOW-AA5C90

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A sheet copper-alloy thimble of Medieval to post-Medieval date (c. 1400-c. 1600). The thimble has thin walls and a domed crown. Its walls are almost vertical but flare outwards very slightly from the top. The outside base of the walls is indented with initials: HO - ??ER- TE-. Above these letters there are seven circumferential lines of circular indentations which are interrupted by a plain zone indented with a heart pierced by an arrow. Two minor circumferential ribs form a junction between the walls and crown. There is a cross or flower-shaped pattern formed of circular indentations covering the crown. The surface of the metal is a reddish brown colour and some areas have a mid-green patina and green copper-alloy corrosion products. Height: 18.6mm; diameter: 16.4mm; Thickness: 0.7mm. Weight: 4.65g. Sewing rings are seldom decorated and neither are the larger domed type thimbles of the kind designed for heavy duty. Light thimbles, however, are different. The earliest have no rim or decoration except possibly for an incised line running around the base, but from the 15th century onwards thimbles may be found with fancy designs, or with occasional symbol or message or endearment. The decoration of thimbles reached its peak during the 16th century when quantities of decorated thimble were imported from Nuremberg (Holmes: Finds Research Group 700-1700, Datasheet 9, page 2).

Inscription: HO - ??ER- TE-

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early
Date from: Circa AD 1400
Date to: Ante AD 1600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 18.6 mm
Thickness: 0.7 mm
Weight: 4.65 g
Diameter: 16.4 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 15th August 2010

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Frank Basford
Identified by: Mr Frank Basford

Other reference numbers

Other reference: IOW2010-1-481

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Hand made
Completeness: Complete

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: Isle of Wight

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: Club rally
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Holmes, E.F. 1988 Sewing Thimbles Finds Research Group 700-1700 Datasheet 9 2

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Audit data

Recording Institution: IOW
Created: 9 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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