DOR-43A55E: Post Medieval domed thimble

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Unique ID: DOR-43A55E

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A copper alloy domed thimble. The thimble is complete althoug squashed almost flat. It is of composite construction, comprising a soldered band witha separated domed top (also soldered, The thimble is decorated with chased lines and geometric patterns in place of stamped indentaions. The decoration comproses three pairs of lirregular hexagonal frames with a wheel-like device separating each pair. The fields in and around the frames are infilled with incised horizontal lines divided by short upright nicks creating a pattern similar to brickwork. Each "wheel" contains a saltire cross spanning the diameter with shorter lines at the edges. At the base, above the rim of the thimble is an incised grith line below which is an inscrition which it is suggested reads IOY + LOV (Malcolm Jones pers. comm. 2018). The domed top of the thimble has largely separated from the body as a result of squashing. It is decorated with two opposing circles of incised radiating lines, one from the outer edge and one from an incised circle halfway in from the edge. This inner circle is infilled with a grid of right-angled hatched lines.
Date: Post Medieval - c. 1600 - 1700

Brian Read has commented that this is "a very unusual example of a c.mid 17th-century English composite two-piece copper-alloy thimble".

Inscription: IOY + LOV

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1600
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 34.12 mm
Width: 25.89 mm
Thickness: 1.01 mm
Weight: 8.22 g

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCMS 016463

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

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

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SU0219
Four figure Latitude: 50.97041344
Four figure longitude: -1.97288971
1:25K map: SU0219
1:10K map: SU01NW
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: DOR
Created: 6 years ago
Updated: 4 years ago

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