BH-433F18: Medieval or Post-Medieval thimble

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Unique ID: BH-433F18

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A complete cast copper-alloy thimble dating to the late Medieval or Post-Medieval period, broadly AD 1400-1550. The thimble consists of a single hollow domed sheet. The exterior surface is covered with small circular indentations except for a thin plain circumferential boarder around the lower edge and around the tip of the dome. In the centre of the dome is a small circular perforation that extends through to the underside. The underside of the thimble is plain. The thimble measures 14mm in height, has an external diameter of 17mm and a thickness of 1mm. The thimble weighs 2.28 grams.

A similar example recorded by Egan (2005, p. 131, no. 621) is more closely dated to the period c. AD 1530-1550.

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Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1530
Date to: Circa AD 1550

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 14 mm
Thickness: 1 mm
Weight: 2.28 g
Diameter: 17 mm

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete
Surface Treatment: Incised or engraved or chased

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Hertfordshire (County)
District: North Hertfordshire (District)
Parish or ward: Therfield (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TL3436
Four figure Latitude: 52.00626867
Four figure longitude: -0.04918996
1:25K map: TL3436
1:10K map: TL33NW
Grid reference source: Centred on parish
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Egan, G. 2005 Material Culture in London in an Age Of Transition: Tudor and Stuart period finds c.1450 - c.1700 from excavations at riverside sites in Southwark London Museum of London Archaeology Service p. 131 no. 621

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Recording Institution: BH
Created: 4 years ago
Updated: 3 years ago

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