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Unique ID: PUBLIC-3E590B

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Copper-alloy thimble, with slightly ragged basal rim 16.75mm in diameter. The sides are straight and the thimble tapers very slightly to a domed, slightly conical top; it is 15.12mm tall and weighs 3.8g.

The sides are covered with circular indentations arranged in panels bordered with double grooves, forming geometric 'strapwork' decoration. There are zig-zags around the sides, forming triangular panels filled with circular indentations arranged in relatively neat horizontal rows. The top has four similar double grooves which meet in the centre, not quite at right angles, to form a lopsided cross or saltire, the quarters again filled with similar circular indentations. The top is unpierced.

There is a single circumferential groove at the rim, and the junction between the sides and the top is marked with a double circumferential groove.

An internal large indentation in the side is probably a casting flaw. No evidence of bronze disease.

The thimble is probably cast, and was perhaps made in Nuremberg between c.1330 - c.1400.

This find is recorded as a "Find of Note" because of its unusual decoration, which is previously unknown to Brian Read. The closest parallel in Read 2018 is perhaps no. 85, from south-west Wiltshire, a skep or acorn-cup type.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: County / local importance

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: In a private collection, recorded for academic use


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1330
Date to: Circa AD 1400

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 15.12 mm
Weight: 3.8 g
Diameter: 16.75 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 2nd September 2018 - Sunday 2nd September 2018

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Decoration style: Geometric
Completeness: Complete
Surface Treatment: Incised or engraved or chased

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Urchfont (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SU0256
Four figure Latitude: 51.30311833
Four figure longitude: -1.97269609
1:25K map: SU0256
1:10K map: SU05NW
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Urchfont metal detecting rally September 2018
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Minimal cultivation

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Read, B. 2018 Metal Sewing-Thimbles Found in Britain Oxford Archaeopress 23 - 24

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

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