KENT-F40D06: Thimble, large heavy size. Side view.

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Unique ID: KENT-F40D06

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A complete, Medieval, cast, copper alloy, large size and heavy thimble. This is a closed thimble with tapering sides and domed crown. There are irregular, relatively large and spaced out hand-punched indentations all the way down to a narrow plain band around the base and a plain circular patch on the apex where the indentations start in a spiral all the way down. There appears to be little wear and an attractive chocolate brown patina with just a few small areas of a pale green verdigris corrosion which does continue more so on the inside. This thimble is likely to date from 1350-1450. Ref. Detector Finds 2, Gordon Bailey, Greenlight Publishing 1993, page 12-14 No. 6, History Beneath Our Feet, Brian Read, Anglia Publishing Ipswich 1995, page 123, Norwich Households, Medieval-Post Medieval Finds from Norwich Survey Excavations 1971-1978, Sue Margeson, East Anglian Archaeology 1993, page 187-188 No. 1458 & 1459 and Collectors Guide to Thimbles, Bridget McConnel, Bracken Books 1996, page 17-18. The thimble is 28.27mm long,20.35mm wide, 18.61mm thick, diameter 20.35mm and weighs 11.7g.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


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: 28.27 mm
Width: 20.35 mm
Thickness: 18.61 mm
Weight: 11.7 g
Diameter: 20.35 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 19th October 2014

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Decoration style: Other
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Surrey (County)
District: Tandridge (District)
Parish or ward: Crowhurst (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ3846
Four figure Latitude: 51.19656092
Four figure longitude: -0.0263354
1:25K map: TQ3846
1:10K map: TQ34NE
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

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Bailey, G. 1993 Detector Finds 2 Chelmsford Greenlight Publishing 12-14 6
Margeson, S. 1993 Norwich Households: Medieval and Post-Medieval Finds from Norwich Survey Excavations 1971-78 Norwich East Anglian Archaeology 187-188 1458-1459
McConnel, B. 1995 The Collector's Guide to Thimbles Bracken Books 17-18
Read, B. 1995 History Beneath our Feet (1995) Ipswich Anglia Publishing 123

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Updated: 7 years ago

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