PUBLIC-2E1F38: A complete post-medieval copper-alloy thimble dating AD1520-1620.

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THIMBLE

Unique ID: PUBLIC-2E1F38

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A complete post-medieval copper-alloy thimble dating AD1520-1620. The thimble has incised decoration around the lower part, consisting of a band of arrow-like symbols facing right and a band of semi-circular loops above, followed by two plain bands. The walls have a continuous spiral of hand drilled circular pits that spiral in an anti-clockwise direction towards the crown, only separated by two narrow incised bands. The thimble has a conical crown, with hand drilled circular pits sprialling clockwise from the centre to the edge of the crown. Dimensions: height: 17.12mm; diameter: 14.84mm; weight: 2.1g. The object is a brassy golden colour.

It is similar to those shows in Holmes 1988 Fig.5 A, suggesting that this thimble was manufactured in Nuremburg between AD1520-1620. An almost identical example is recorded on the database: LON-DCC852. See also examples in Read (2018, 43) and an example from the Mary Rose, which sank in 1545 (Gardiner and Allen 2005, 329-40, no. 81 A0807).

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Exactly AD 1520
Date to: Circa AD 1620

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 17.12 mm
Weight: 2.1 g
Diameter: 14.84 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 18th March 2018

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: London (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Greater London Authority (Greater London Authority)
District: Southwark (London Borough)
Parish or ward: Cathedrals (London Borough Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ3180
Four figure Latitude: 51.50376016
Four figure longitude: -0.11395435
1:25K map: TQ3180
1:10K map: TQ38SW
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found whilst searching the River Thames foreshore
General landuse: Open fresh water

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Gardiner, J. and Allen, M.J. 2005 Before the Mast: Life and Death Aboard the Mary Rose Portsmouth The Mary Rose Trust Ltd.
Holmes, E.F. 1988 Sewing Thimbles Finds Research Group 700-1700 Datasheet 9
Read, B. 2018 Metal Sewing-Thimbles Found in Britain Oxford Archaeopress

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Audit data

Recording Institution: PUBLIC
Created: 4 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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