SOM-2CA4DE: Post Medieval silver thimble

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Unique ID: SOM-2CA4DE

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Treasure case: 2016 T1059: Disclaimed, returned to finder.

Description: A silver domed thimble of two-piece construction. The thimble has a crack down one side where the two ends of the strip of silver that forms the lower, ring shaped section, were connected. There is also a circular hole near the rim at the back, presumably to allow it to be suspended. The top and sides are decorated with regularly spaced small circular indents arranged in rows on the sides and a grid on the top. There are plain areas where the top and sides meet and down the join on the side. At the rim is a plain band then a pellet border and above this a frieze of repetitive fleurs-de-lis interrupted by a small panel containing two hearts. Both hearts are supported by putti. The hearts are inscribed D S and above the hearts are the maker's mark: I D.

Dimensions: The thimble is 14.2mm in diameter at the base, 11.9mm at the top, 15.5mm tall and 0.7mm thick; it weighs 2.87g.

Discussion: Several similar thimbles with the same design and various maker's marks have gone through the Treasure process and been dated to the 17th century such as IOW-7E8237 (2011 T738) and IOW-B0F192 (2009 T249), both from the Isle of Wight, the latter also pierced, SUSS-23D845 (2011 T14) from East Sussex and LIN-556645 (2016 T465) from Lincolnshire. SUSS-109052 dated to c.1730-1800 AD may have a similar maker's mark.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder after being disclaimed as Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2016T1059


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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 15.5 mm
Thickness: 0.7 mm
Weight: 2.87 g
Diameter: 14.2 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 1st December 2016 - Saturday 31st December 2016

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Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2016T1059

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Somerset (County)
District: South Somerset (District)
To be known as: Henstridge CP

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
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SOM
Created: 5 years ago
Updated: 5 years ago

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