LON-076ECD: A complete Post medieval copper alloy thimble dating AD1520-1620.

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THIMBLE

Unique ID: LON-076ECD

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A complete early post-medieval copper alloy thimble dating AD1520-1620. The thimble has a wide margin between the base and the regularly spaced pits which is decorated with a stamped pattern. The pattern comprises a stamped repeated decoration composed of a thin band of lozenges with annulets within. Below this a repeated motif in the form of a stylized crown within a pelleted circle is stamped to form a band of decoration. Below this the thin band of lozenges with annulets within is repeated. The pits are drilled in a spiral and they cover the peak. Where the pits terminate, there is an undiagnostic makers stamp. The object is a brassy golden colour. Dimensions: height: 22.85mm; diameter: 15.64mm; weight: 3.36g.

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).

Similar thimbles on the database are LON-6EDF95, LON-94D972, LON-396407 and NMS-725926. See also an example from the Mary Rose, which sank in 1545 (Gardiner and Allen 2005, 329-40, no. 81 A0807).

Class: Nuremberg

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1550
Date to: Circa AD 1620

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 22.85 mm
Weight: 3.36 g
Diameter: 15.64 mm

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete
Surface Treatment: Stamped

Spatial metadata

Region: London (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Greater London Authority (Greater London Authority)
District: City and County of the City of London (London Borough)
Parish or ward: Queenhithe (London Borough Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ3280
Four figure Latitude: 51.5035277
Four figure longitude: -0.09955492
1:25K map: TQ3280
1:10K map: TQ38SW
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Open fresh water
Specific landuse: Running water

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Gardiner, J. and Allen, M.J. 2005 Before the Mast: Life and Death Aboard the Mary Rose Portsmouth The Mary Rose Trust Ltd.
Holmes, E.F. 1988 Sewing Thimbles Finds Research Group 700-1700 Datasheet 9

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Audit data

Recording Institution: LON
Created: 5 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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