SOM-DE21CE: Medieval sewing ring

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THIMBLE

Unique ID: SOM-DE21CE

Object type certainty: Certain
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A complete copper alloy open/ring type thimble or 'sewing ring' of a late medieval or early post-medieval date.

The opening at the base (17.7mm diameter) is slightly wider than the opening at the top (15.1mm diameter). There is slight damage on the opening at the base where a section has been bent inwards. The thickness at to top opening measures 1.2mm and at the bottom measures 0.7mm. The sides are splayed and their height measures at 8.6mm. There are regularly spaced stamped circular pits arranged into four rows around the sides. It weighs 2.23g.

Ring type thimbles are found in British contexts from around AD 1450 (Holmes 1988:1). This thimble is similar to one found in Holmes 1988 fig. 4 which is dated to c.1450 - 1550.

Class: ring

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1450
Date to: Circa AD 1550

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 8.6 mm
Thickness: 1.2 mm
Weight: 2.23 g
Diameter: 17.7 mm

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC Receipt No 019833

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Somerset (County)
District: Taunton Deane (District)
Parish or ward: Pitminster (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: ST1918
Four figure Latitude: 50.95571463
Four figure longitude: -3.15460353
1:25K map: ST1918
1:10K map: ST11NE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 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: SOM
Created: 4 years ago
Updated: 3 years ago

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