WILT-EC8E1C: Medieval: Thimble

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A complete copper alloy beehive shaped thimble dating to the medieval to early post medieval period AD 1400- 1550.

The thimble is cast made (which is very usual (Holmes 1991), and is domed in shape, with flared sides and a rounded tonsure top. The recognizable indentations covers the whole item. They starts at the tonsure top and spiral down until c. 1cm before the base edge. Below is a rim, with two faded circumferential grooves.

Overall, the height of the thimble is 25.98mm, the diameter is 22.96mm, the thickness is 2.44mm, and the weight is 15.75g.

c.f Holmes (1991) "Sewing Thimbles", Datasheet 9. In: Finds Research Group- 700-1700, Datasheets 1-24. Figure 2, No. C

With regards to its manufacture, Holmes (1991) suggests that cast made thimbles are more irregular in shape, compared to earlier brass thimbles, which were made via hammering or stamping. The pits, (what thimble makers called indentations) vary in size, depending on the needle size (Holmes 1991).

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Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early
Date from: Circa AD 1400
Date to: Circa AD 1550

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 25.89 mm
Thickness: 2.44 mm
Weight: 12.75 g
Diameter: 22.96 mm

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Recorded by: Miss Grace Clark
Identified by: Miss Grace Clark

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SSWM 5014

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Hankerton (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: ST9690
Four figure Latitude: 51.6088185
Four figure longitude: -2.0591583
1:25K map: ST9690
1:10K map: ST99SE
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

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