IOW-49176B: Medieval to post-Medieval Closed Thimble

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THIMBLE

Unique ID: IOW-49176B

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A complete Medieval to post-Medieval copper-alloy domed ('beehive') closed thimble (c. 1400-c. 1550).

This thimble is circular in plan and the thick walls taper inwards from the base towards the crown. There is a plain rim and no manufacturing marks. The outer face has a line of evenly spaced sub-circular indentations/drilled pits which spiral in an anti-clockwise from the base to the top including the crown.

The outer face of this thimble is reddish brown green copper-alloy corrosion products. The inside is smooth with corrosion products.

Height: 21.0mm; diameter: 20.0mm; thickness of walls: 1.1mm. Weight: 9.67g.

This style of thimble is commonly known as a beehive thimble and has been dated to c. 1400-1550) by Holmes (1988), page 1, Fig 2(b). Holmes suggests that this style is consistent with being a 'heavy duty' type.

Holmes, E.F. (1988) 'Sewing Thimbles'. Finds Research Group Datasheet 9. Finds Research Group 700-1700, Norwich.

Class: Closed

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Finder
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1400
Date to: Circa AD 1550

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 21 mm
Thickness: 1 mm
Weight: 9.67 g
Diameter: 20 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 31st January 2018 - Wednesday 31st January 2018

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr Frank Basford
Identified by: Mr Frank Basford

Other reference numbers

Other reference: IOW2018-1-40

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete

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: Club rally
Current location: Finder
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: IOW
Created: 8 months ago
Updated: 8 months ago

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