LON-682D94: A Post Medieval copper alloy thimble, Dutch type I dating 1620-1650.

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THIMBLE

Unique ID: LON-682D94

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A Post Medieval copper alloy thimble, Dutch type I dating 1620-1650. This thimble has been made in two parts with the domed head a separate component to the walls. The walls have an open seam or crack extending along the vertical length. The indentations are circular and very evenly laid out in rows; they have been machine-made. There is a thin band at the top of the walls with no indentations and a wider band with decorative ridges at the bottom of the walls.

Dimensions: length: 22.98mm; thickness of walls: 0.70mm; diameter at base: 19.29mm; weight: 4.58g.

Holmes (1988:2-3) writes, "At first the Dutch made thimbles in two pieces (Type I) , but then they switched to the casting process (Type II) The mechanical knurling of indentations under pressure was first practised in the Netherlands about 1620 (Type I)." Holmes illustrates the different types of Dutch thimbles Fig. 7.

Reference: Holmes, E. 1988. Sewing Thimbles. Datasheet 9. Finds Research Group 700-1700 Datasbeets 1-24. 1985-1998. Reprographic Unit, University of Oxford.

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 1620
Date to: Circa AD 1650

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 22.98 mm
Thickness: 0.7 mm
Weight: 4.58 g
Diameter: 19.29 mm

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Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: London (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Greater London Authority (Greater London Authority)
District: City and County of the City of London (London Borough)
Parish or ward: Queenhithe (London Borough Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ3280
Four figure Latitude: 51.503528
Four figure longitude: -0.099555
1:25K map: TQ3280
1:10K map: TQ38SW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Open fresh water
Specific landuse: Running water

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Audit data

Recording Institution: LON
Created: 11 years ago
Updated: 6 years ago

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