BERK-170986: Post-medieval screw: Thumb screw

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Unique ID: BERK-170986

Object type certainty: Certain
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A cast copper alloy thumb screw, possibly from a watch winder, nutcracker or even a musical instrument. The screw has a sub-circular dished head with small knop at the apex, a skirted collar beneath which separates the turning head from the shaft; only a fragment of the screw thread survives. Similar objects are recorded as the screw heads for open-box nutcrackers; although no watch-winder exactly like this example has been found, it is possibly this may have also been the objects original purpose. 17th to 18th century AD.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1600
Date to: Circa AD 1850

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 37.22 mm
Width: 15.6 mm
Thickness: 6.08 mm
Weight: 5.8 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 1st February 2012 - Wednesday 29th February 2012

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Anni Byard
Identified by: Miss Anni Byard

Other reference numbers

Other reference: 2011.815

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Little Bedwyn (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SU2766
Four figure Latitude: 51.392401
Four figure longitude: -1.613334
1:25K map: SU2766
1:10K map: SU26NE
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: BERK
Created: 6 years ago
Updated: 6 years ago

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