WILT-030285: Medieval to Post-Medieval thimble

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Unique ID: WILT-030285

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A complete medieval to Post medieval cast copper-alloy open thimble or sewing ring, dating to c AD1450 - 1600. The pits are hand drilled, and arranged irregularly in four concentric circles, with some misplaced. There is a narrow plain border at the base and a narrower one at the top.

It is 10.72mm in height, 19.15mm in diameter at the base. tapering to 17.07mm at the top. It weighs 5.41g.

Holmes (1988) notes the lack of evidence for open topped thimbles in Britain prior to c. 1450, and illustrates a similar example, dating to c. 1500 (fig. 4).

Class: Sewing ring

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1450
Date to: Exactly AD 1600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 10.72 mm
Weight: 5.41 g
Diameter: 19.15 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mrs Jane Hanbidge
Identified by: Mrs Jane Hanbidge
Secondary identifier: Mr Wil Partridge

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

County or Unitary authority: Hampshire (County)
District: Test Valley (District)
Parish or ward: Wherwell (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SU3738
Four figure Latitude: 51.14007911
Four figure longitude: -1.47250505
1:25K map: SU3738
1:10K map: SU33NE
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

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Recording Institution: WILT
Created: 10 months ago
Updated: 5 months ago

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