BERK-C01862: Post-medieval thimble: Open top thimble

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Unique ID: BERK-C01862

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A compete but broken copper alloy open-top thimble or sewing ring of early post-medieval date. The base is slightly splayed and wider than the top. The ring has a right-hand spiral of fairly regularly spaced rectangular pits in four to five rows around the sides. At the beginning of the spiral there is a mark, possibly a maker's mark or symbol. The symbol is floral in appearance with two of the four petals longer than the others. According to Holmes (1988) thimbles with maker's marks were imported from Nuremberg between AD 1520-1620, under the Guild of Thimble-makers.

Class: ring

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 1.1 mm
Weight: 3.4 g
Diameter: 18.7 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 1st January 2014 - Wednesday 7th May 2014

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: 2014.146

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Oxfordshire (County)
District: West Oxfordshire (District)
Parish or ward: Spelsbury (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SP3622
Four figure Latitude: 51.89539254
Four figure longitude: -1.47824386
1:25K map: SP3622
1:10K map: SP32SE
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

References cited

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

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Audit data

Recording Institution: BERK
Created: 8 years ago
Updated: 3 years ago

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