WILT-F7ACDE: Medieval thimble

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THIMBLE

Unique ID: WILT-F7ACDE

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A copper-alloy beehive thimble of cast construction dating to the medieval to early post-medieval periods (AD c. 1400-1600).

The thimble is domed with slightly flared sides and a rounded 'tonsure' top. The drilled circular pits begin bordering the 'tonsure' top and continue in a continuous spiral to the base in a regular fashion. Above the base is a plain rim and the sides of the thimble taper towards the dome.

The thimble measures 15.7 mm in height, 18.1 mm in diameter, the walls are 0.8 mm thick and it weighs 3.68 grams.


The bare circular patch on top of the thimble, or 'tonsure', indicates a relatively early date; similar early thimbles are often dated to the 15th or 16th centuries, cf. Holmes (1988, 1).

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1400
Date to: Circa AD 1600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 15.7 mm
Weight: 3.68 g
Diameter: 18.1 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Richard Henry
Identified by: Mr Richard Henry

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SSWM 4458

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Hampshire (County)
District: New Forest (District)
To be known as: Rockbourne

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

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

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