KENT-06A0B9: Late Medieval sewing ring/thimble

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THIMBLE

Unique ID: KENT-06A0B9

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A cast complete copper-alloy medieval or post-medieval sewing ring dating c. 1450-1550

Description: The sewing ring is formed from a circular wide band of copper-alloy. The outer surface is decorated with concentric rings of punched circular dimplings, at a slight angle to the ring of the thimble itself. The dimpling travels in concentric circles rather than the usual spiral. The thimble is a dark green colour.

Measurements: 8.19mm in height, 17.33mm in diameter, band is roughly 1.38mm thick. 2.73g in weight.

Discussion: Holmes (2004) suggests that sewing rings were in use from c.1450, however Spicer (2011) has pointed out the spiralling on thimbles and sewing rings produced by Nuremberg (the primary producer of thimbles) switches from spiralling clockwise to anti-clockwise at the beginning of the 16th century. Spicer (2011) also discusses that from 1537, when the thimble makers' guild was formed and each master was expected to make his mark, by the middle of the 16th century makers marks were by far the norm it is there for likely this sewing ring is dated to the first half of the 16th century.

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

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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


County or Unitary authority: East Sussex (County)
District: Rother (District)
Parish or ward: Bodiam (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ7825
Four figure Latitude: 50.99686331
Four figure longitude: 0.53526296
1:25K map: TQ7825
1:10K map: TQ72NE
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Holmes, E.F. 2004 Finds Research Group Datasheet London Finds Research Group

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Audit data

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

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