SUSS-7F3724: A copper alloy, medieval, thimble, AD.1350-1450.

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Unique ID: SUSS-7F3724

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A copper alloy medieval thimble of sewing ring type. It has hand drilled circular indentations of irregular size and depth, arranged in triangular panels set in alternating directions. Each panel is outlined with a neat tightly spaced line of indentations, and filled in with rather more irregularly set indentations. The panels have a zig-zag area of reserved metal between them, forming a kind of strapwork. There are crudely incised border grooves around the upper and lower rims.

The object has been crushed and flattened. It has a seam with significant overlap and appears to have been made from a strip of copper alloy that has been folded round, as no holes can be seen on the overlapped section. Length: 24.68mm. Height: 16.8mm. Width: 9.54mm. Thickness: 0.6mm. Weight: 3.4g.

The overlapping seam suggests a date of c. 1200-1450 (Read 2018, 9-10; Egan 1998, nos. 814-820).

Class: ring

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1200
Date to: Circa AD 1450

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 24.68 mm
Height: 16.8 mm
Width: 9.54 mm
Thickness: 0.6 mm
Weight: 3.4 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 14th March 2014

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: West Sussex (County)
District: Chichester (District)
To be known as: Near Chichester

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Holmes, E.F. 1988 Sewing Thimbles Finds Research Group 700-1700 Datasheet 9

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Audit data

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

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