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Unique ID: LON-682D94
Object type certainty: Certain
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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 action after recording: Returned to finder
Height: 22.98 mm
Thickness: 0.7 mm
Weight: 4.58 g
Diameter: 19.29 mm
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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.
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