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Unique ID: HAMP-598DC8
Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation
A medieval copper alloy Hispano-Moresque domed thimble dating to c.1100-1500, measuring 49.8mm in length, 23.2mm in width and weighing 33.81g. The walls are 1.6mm thick. The open end is flanked with decoration in the form of two pairs of concentric grooves, the upper pair of which contains diagonal grooves between them. Inside the two pairs of concentric grooves are long curlicues with a dot between the curl and a curving line flanking the open edge. The sides of the thimble are parallel, angling inwards at the closed end towards the rounded tip. Another pair of concentric grooves are visible just below the tip. Between this pair of concentric grooves and those with diagonal grooves the central area of the thimble is filled with irregular circular punches.
The open end has a jagged break extending along the side of the thimble.
With many thanks to Brian Read for the identification. He comments further, "These date to c.12th - c.15th century, the degree of corrosion and condition makes me suspect this one is of the earlier date. The first I've noted as found in Britain. Probably made in Cordoba, Spain when under Moorish control. See Holmes 1985, pp 20-21 & McConnel 1991, pp 11, 14." (pers. comm. March 2016).
Illustration by Mike Trevarthen (reproduced with the kind permission of Brian Read).
This was recorded at a rally and may fall below our usual standard of recording.
This has been noted as an interesting find by the recorder.
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder
Length: 49.8 mm
Width: 23.2 mm
Weight: 33.81 g
Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 19th March 2016 - Saturday 19th March 2016
This object was found at Andover Anton Rotary Club Charity Rally - Penton Grafton 19-20.3.16
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Other reference: Penton Grafton 19.3.16; find no.209
4 Figure: SU3147
Four figure Latitude: 51.22135945
Four figure longitude: -1.55749179
1:25K map: SU3147
1:10K map: SU34NW
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.
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