KENT-CC6623: A silver 17th or 18th century thimble

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Unique ID: KENT-CC6623

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A silver domed thimble of one-piece construction, likely dating to the latter 17th century or early 18th century.

Description:The top and sides are decorated with regularly spaced small circular indents arranged in concentric rows which become more spaced out as it reaches the apex. Between the rim and the dimples a raised, concentric panel of floral decoration, with some acanthus motifs with two lines framing it all at the base.

Dimensions: The thimble is 15.2mm in height with a base d diameter of 13.6mm and 2.85g in weight.

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) from the Isle of Wight. Additionally, SUR-91ABAE (2016 T1068) was of similar design, and, though lacking marks, was dated to the late 17th century.

Conclusion: On balance of probability, it seems likely that the thimble is more than 300 years old and as it is made of more than 10% precious metals, it appears to constitute potential Treasure under the stipulations of The Treasure Act 1996.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2017T641


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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 5.2 mm
Weight: 2.85 g
Diameter: 13.6 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 23rd July 2018

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Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2017T641

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Manufacture method: Cast
Decoration style: Floral
Completeness: Complete
Surface Treatment: Incised or engraved or chased

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Kent (County)
District: Tunbridge Wells (District)
To be known as: Goudhurst

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: KENT
Created: 4 years ago
Updated: 3 years ago

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