WMID-A9590D: Late Medieval: Copper alloy

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THIMBLE

Unique ID: WMID-A9590D

Object type certainty: Certain
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A complete copper alloy "bee-hive" thimble, of the Late Medieval period, dating from c. AD 1400 to c. AD 1550.

The thimble is circular in plan, and broadly D shaped in cross section / profile, with gentle sloping sides and a pointed domed top. The thimble has been formed from relatively thick cast metal. The base is sub circular in plan, but has been flattened. At the base of the rim there is a rectangular area not decorated with dots, but it has been decorated with two evenly spaced circumferential groooves. The sides slope and taper towards the shallow domed top. The sides have a series of indentations around them. These indentations are arranged in rough horizontal circumferential linear bands, roughly evenly spaced. The indentations themselves are broadly circular in plan and are all of a similar size. The top of the thimble has one single relatively larger indentation at the peak of the dome. Apart from this single indentation, the top of the thimble is plain and undecorated, a feature sometimes referred to as a 'tonsure'.

The thimble measures 11.7 mm tall, a maximum width 21.1 mm (at base). The metal has a thickness of 1.1 mm. the thimble weighs 3.3 grams.

The thimble is a mid brown in colour with an even surface patina. Abrasion caused by movement whilst within the plough soil may have resulted in the loss of some of the original surface detail.

This style of thimble is commonly known as a beehive thimble, and has been dated to the Late Medieval period (1400-1550 AD) by Holmes (1988). Similar examples have been recorded on the database, including WMID-17C4E8 and WMID-1DBD83.

Reference:

Holmes, E.F. (1988) Sewing Thimbles. Finds Research Group Datasheet 9. Finds Research Group 700-1700, Norwich.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1400
Date to: Circa AD 1550

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 11.7 mm
Width: 21.1 mm
Thickness: 1.1 mm
Weight: 3.3 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 15th October 2017 - Sunday 15th October 2017

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Staffordshire (County)
District: South Staffordshire (District)
Parish or ward: Brewood and Coven (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SJ8808
Four figure Latitude: 52.66957485
Four figure longitude: -2.17888889
1:25K map: SJ8808
1:10K map: SJ80NE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found whilst out detecting

References cited

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Audit data

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

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