IOW-27BDA2: Post-Medieval Closed Thimble. Treasure case no. 2017 T567

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Unique ID: IOW-27BDA2

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

An incomplete and squashed post-Medieval silver closed thimble (c. 1600-c. 1700). Treasure case no. 2017 T567.

The thimble was found together in three pieces.

The walls have eight interlocking chevrons defined by plain bands and each chevron is filled with 'waffle work'. There are three plain circumferential plain bands, one above and two below. The centre of the crown is cross-hatched and surrounded by a circumferential plain band. There is 'waffle work' below this band. A vertical break has occured along a soldered joining seam. The crown also appears to have been soldered to the walls.

Thimbles with similar decoration have been recorded as Treasure on the Portable Antiquities Scheme database: SOM-F97398 (2016T832) and WILT-D47DF7 (2012T731).

20.6mm (height); 22.8mm (width); 9.0mm (thickness). Overall weight: 7.01g.


The find contains a minimum of 10% silver and predates 1717. It thus qualifies as Treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act 1996 in terms of precious metal content and age.

Class: Closed

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Returned to finder, 31/8/2017
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder after being disclaimed as Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2017T567


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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 20.6 mm
Width: 22.8 mm
Thickness: 9 mm
Weight: 7.01 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 18th June 2017 - Sunday 18th June 2017

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: IOW2017-7-153
Treasure case number: 2017T567

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
District: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Shorwell (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SZ4582
Four figure Latitude: 50.63596403
Four figure longitude: -1.36504062
1:25K map: SZ4582
1:10K map: SZ42NE
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Club rally
Current location: Returned to finder, 31/8/2017
General landuse: Grassland, Heathland
Specific landuse: Regularly improved

References cited

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