WILT-BE138A: Medieval thimble

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Unique ID: WILT-BE138A

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A copper alloy medieval open type thimble or sewing ring, dating to the period c. AD 1200-1400. The thimble is formed from a single piece of sheet copper alloy with the ends overlapping to form a loop, and apparently soldered; it is now squashed so it is oval in cross-section. The straight sides taper slightly from the wider base to the narrower top. They are decorated with two circumferential grooves at the upper rim, below which are punched circular dots arranged in a series of vertical columns. Below this are two further circumferential grooves. Something that may be solder appears to be covering the dots at the seam.

The thimble measures 19.92mm in length, 14.56mm in width, 12.11mm in height, is 1.27mm thick and weighs 2.97g.

Class: ring

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1200
Date to: Circa AD 1400

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 19.92 mm
Height: 12.11 mm
Width: 14.56 mm
Thickness: 1.27 mm
Weight: 2.97 g

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: SSWM 4292

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Oxfordshire (County)
District: West Oxfordshire (District)
To be known as: Broughton Poggs

Spatial coordinates

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

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Audit data

Recording Institution: WILT
Created: 7 years ago
Updated: 3 years ago

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