YORYM-0128B4: Medieval : Thimble

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Unique ID: YORYM-0128B4

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A complete copper-alloy thimble of medieval date, c.AD 1300 - 1500. The thimble has been distorted but will have had a circular with sides which curve towards the top where they form the crown, creating a dome. A small circular perforation is present at the centre of the dome from which a series of irregular spiralling pits extend towards the base. A circumferential groove is present at the base of the thimble.

The metal has a mid-green patina and is worn. The thimble is 12.7mm in height, 22.5mm x 10.7mm wide, 1.1mm thick and weighs 2.8g.

Thimbles have been in common use in England from the 14th century onwards and Geoff Egan (2010, p.265) states that no medieval thimble indisputably dating from before the 14th century has been found in England. They were originally used to protect the finger used to push a needle through sewing material and were commonly used by dressmakers and tailors. From the circa 16th century onwards silver thimbles were regarded as an ideal gift for ladies and have become gifts and collector's items made of a variety of materials including base and precious metals, and china. The pits on the surface of thimbles were originally created by the technique of hand punching though, in the mid-18th century they were machine-made.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1300
Date to: Circa AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 12.7 mm
Width: 22.5 mm
Thickness: 1.1 mm
Weight: 2.8 g

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: YMT : E05710

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: North Yorkshire (County)
District: Ryedale (District)
Parish or ward: Ebberston and Yedingham (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SE9082
Four figure Latitude: 54.22581947
Four figure longitude: -0.62100868
1:25K map: SE9082
1:10K map: SE98SW
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

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Recording Institution: YORYM
Created: 3 years ago
Updated: 3 years ago

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