SOM-1F5BA2: Medieval thimble

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THIMBLE

Unique ID: SOM-1F5BA2

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Medieval copper alloy thimble with sloping sides, a steeply domed top and a slight carination between side and top. The base of the thimble is squashed inwards. The lower parts of the sides are covered with vertical rows of circular pits and the upper part and top are covered in a continuous spiral of circular pits around a plain central tonsure and a circular hole at the apex. There is a plain band at the rim with a double indented line separating it form the main field and the pits. The squashed rim has one notch leading to a tear which may be original and an original fold. There is no evidence of a makers mark. The thimble is now 15.6mm tall, 24.7mm by 9.9mm at the base, 1.1mm thick and weighs 3.78 grams.

It is similar to Holmes (1988) p. 1 Fig 1b which is dated 1350-1450 AD and an example from Southwark (Egan 2005: 131-2, ) no.621, a stamped thimble with a smaller tonsure from a context dated 1530-1550 AD. The folds at the rim on this example suggest it is was also made by stamping.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1350
Date to: Circa AD 1450

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 24.7 mm
Height: 15.6 mm
Width: 9.9 mm
Thickness: 1.1 mm
Weight: 3.78 g

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC receipt 16593

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Somerset (County)
District: South Somerset (District)
To be known as: Near Wincanton

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Egan, G. 2005 Material Culture in London in an Age Of Transition: Tudor and Stuart period finds c.1450 - c.1700 from excavations at riverside sites in Southwark London Museum of London Archaeology Service
Holmes, E.F. 1988 Sewing Thimbles Finds Research Group 700-1700 Datasheet 9

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SOM
Created: 8 years ago
Updated: 4 years ago

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