LON-E959A3: A Post Medieval copper alloy thimble with maker’s mark dating 1520-1620.

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THIMBLE

Unique ID: LON-E959A3

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A Post Medieval copper alloy thimble with maker's mark dating 1520-1620. The indentations are circular and have been hand stamped in a spiral pattern radiating from the peak of the thimble. Spiral patterns became known in the 16th century. Below the indentations there is a single linear border just above the rim. The majority of the indentations completely perforate the wall of the thimble. The walls of this thimble are thin measuring 0.55mm in thickness. At the end of the indentations there is a maker's mark of a trefoil with stem. The shape of thimble is slightly distorted due to crushing.

Dimensions: length: 20.71mm; thickness: 0.55mm; diameter: 16.64mm; weight: 2.38g.

Holmes (1988:3) notes that thimbles with maker's marks appear to have been imported mostly from Nuremberg where, "under the ordinances of the Guild of Thimble-makers, all thimbles and sewing rings were required to carry the mark of the master who made them." He continues that thimbles with makers' marks normally date from 1520-1620.

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

Notes:

These three thimbles were found very closely together on the foreshore - LON-E95502; LON-E959A3; LON-E95DD6.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1520
Date to: Circa AD 1620

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 20.71 mm
Thickness: 0.55 mm
Weight: 2.38 g
Diameter: 16.64 mm

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Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: London (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Greater London Authority (Greater London Authority)
District: Lambeth (London Borough)
Parish or ward: Prince's (London Borough Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ3078
Four figure Latitude: 51.486018
Four figure longitude: -0.12909
1:25K map: TQ3078
1:10K map: TQ37NW
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found whilst searching the foreshore
General landuse: Open fresh water
Specific landuse: Running water

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Holmes, E.F. 1988 Sewing Thimbles Finds Research Group 700-1700 Datasheet 9 p. 3

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Audit data

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

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