IOW-4A4582: Complete copper alloy thimble of Medieval date, probably mid-fourteenth to mid-sixteenth century.

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Unique ID: IOW-4A4582

Object type certainty: Certain
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Complete copper alloy thimble of Medieval date, probably mid-fourteenth to mid-sixteenth century. Length 17mm, width 17mm and 0.5mm thick. Weight 2.49g.

The rim is not thickened and it is undecorated. The thimble is slightly squashed. The sides taper towards the crown which is hemispherical although slightly flattened. Circular indentations are arranged in a spiral with 8-9 turns revolving in an anti-clockwise direction from the rim to the crown. The crown has three concentric circles of indentations. All the indentations vary in size and are not very evenly spaced. None of the indentations have pierced the thimble. The metal is a reddish colour with small patches of active bronze disease. Probably hand-made.


For information on sewing thimbles see Holmes 1998.For information on sewing thimbles see Holmes 1998.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1350
Date to: Circa AD 1550

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 17 mm
Width: 17 mm
Thickness: 0.5 mm
Weight: 2.49 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 17th October 2004

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: IOW2004-200

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Hand made

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
District: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Brighstone Parish

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Metal detecting rally
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Holmes, E.F. 1988 Sewing Thimbles Finds Research Group 700-1700 Datasheet 9

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Recording Institution: IOW
Created: 17 years ago
Updated: 11 years ago

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