IOW-734EED: Post-Medieval Closed Thimble

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Unique ID: IOW-734EED

Object type certainty: Certain
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A complete post-Medieval thick sheet copper-alloy closed thimble (c. 1800-c. 1900).

This thimble has a thickened flaring rim, sloping sides and a domed crown. Circumferential features consist of rim which seems to be decorated but is worn and not clear. Above the rim is a vertically corrugated band with raised Gothic style lettering:

(frond initial mark) FORGET·ME·NOT·

A plain shallow groove separates the corrugated band from horizontal lines of machine-made indentations which extend over the crown.

This thimble is drab green and has traces of gilding on the outer surface.

Height: 20.8mm; diameter of rim: 16.3mm; thickness of rim: 1.6mm. Weight: 3.53g.

Other thimbles with the phrase 'forget me not' have been recorded on The Portable Antiquities Scheme database. See finds: BERK-E1DFB8; CAM-791EA0; NARC-67D074 and NLM-ED7F31.

Class: Closed
Inscription: FORGET·ME·NOT·

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Finder
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Late
Date from: Circa AD 1800
Date to: Circa AD 1900

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 20.8 mm
Thickness: 1.6 mm
Weight: 3.53 g
Diameter: 16.3 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 13th August 2014

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: IOW2014-5-103

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete
Surface Treatment: Gilded

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
District: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Isle of Wight

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Club rally
Current location: Finder
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: IOW
Created: 7 years ago
Updated: 7 years ago

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