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Unique ID: KENT-06A0B9
Object type certainty: Certain
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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.
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4 Figure: TQ7825
Four figure Latitude: 50.99686331
Four figure longitude: 0.53526296
1:25K map: TQ7825
1:10K map: TQ72NE
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|Author||Publication Year||Title||Publication Place||Publisher||Pages||Reference|
|Holmes, E.F.||2004||Finds Research Group Datasheet||London||Finds Research Group|