IOW-0B2034: Complete and corroded copper alloy sewing ring of probable sixteenth century date (AD 1500 – AD 1600).

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Unique ID: IOW-0B2034

Object type certainty: Certain
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Complete and corroded copper alloy sewing ring of probable sixteenth century date (AD 1500 - AD 1600). Length 19.5, lower diameter 25mm, upper diameter 18mm and 1.0mm thick. Weight 10.45g.

The rim is very thick and appears to have been tinned on its outer surface. It is undecorated and does not appear to have a maker's mark. However, it does have a very small circular indentation. Which may be related to a production technique. The thin walled sides taper towards the open end. Circular indentations are arranged in a spiral with 8-9 turns revolving in a clockwise direction from the rim upwards. The indentations vary in size and are not very evenly spaced. None of the indentations have pierced the thimble. The thimble has a vertical line of solder through the rim and also through the full length of the wall. This solder is the same colour as that of the material coating the rim. The metal is a reddish colour with small patches of active bronze disease. Probably hand-made.


For information on sewing thimbles, see: Holmes, E. F. 1998. Sewing Thimbles. Finds Research Group 700 - 1700. Data Sheet 9

Class: ring

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1500
Date to: Circa AD 1600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 19.5 mm
Thickness: 1 mm
Weight: 10.45 g
Diameter: 25 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 6th February 2005

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: IOW2005-47

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Tin or tin alloy
Manufacture method: Hand made

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
District: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Isle of Wight

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
Discovery circumstances: Metal detecting rally
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

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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Recording Institution: IOW
Created: 17 years ago
Updated: 3 years ago

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