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Unique ID: PUBLIC-22CAF2
Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation
A complete Post Medieval copper alloy thimble dating AD 1520-1620. The thimble has a margin between the base and the regularly spaced pits, below the pits are two incised bands. The pits are drilled in a spiral and they cover the peak. Where the pits terminate, there is a makers stamp in the form of a pair of shears. The thimble has been partially squashed.
Holmes (1988:3) writes "Thimbles with hand punched indentations often have a maker's mark which is struck where the spiral of the indentations begins near the base. These would appear to have been imported mostly from Nuremberg where, under the ordinances of the Guild of Thimble-makers, all thimbles and sewing rings were required to carry the mark of the master who made them. However not all Nuremberg thimbles are necessarily marked. So far as one can judge thimbles with makers' marks normally date from 1520-1620." Similar Nuremberg thimbles can be seen in Holmes (1988 Fig.5).
Dimensions: height: 24.66mm; width: 26.88mm; weight: 3.94g.
Other Nuremberg thimbles on the database are LON-6EDF95, LON-94D972, LON-396407 and NMS-725926.
References: Holmes, E. 1988. Sewing Thimbles. Datasheet 9. Finds Research Group 700-1700 Datasheets 1-24. 1985-1998. Reprographic Unit, University of Oxford.
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder
Height: 24.66 mm
Width: 26.88 mm
Thickness: 0.51 mm
Weight: 3.94 g
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4 Figure: TQ3580
Four figure Latitude: 51.50281974
Four figure longitude: -0.05635779
1:25K map: TQ3580
1:10K map: TQ38SE
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Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.
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