IOW-2BCCAB: Post-Medieval: Thimble (palm-guard)

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Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A complete post-Medieval copper-alloy palm-guard (c. 1600-c. 1800). Read Type VI, variant.

This palm-guard is circular, domed at the reverse and hollow on the front. The turned-up rim has two pairs of circular holes, diametrically opposed, close to the edge. The holes are at an angle of about 45° from the horizontal. The front has randomly distributed circular recesses of varying sizes. These recesses would have held the head of the needle in place and protected the wearer from the end of the needle protruding through the guard to the leather palm and hand.It is reddish brown with flecks of a dark green patina. Length: 37.4mm; width: 36.6mm; thickness: 7.1mm. Weight: 27.61g.

Compare other palm guards with lugs, at SUSS-864CD1, CORN-110A05; DEV-0ACE07; LON-43E204; LON-E2C8A5; PUBLIC-D7A8E5 and SWYOR-438A46.

The type with holes instead of lugs (type VI) is rare. Read only illustrates one example, with three pairs of holes, which came from a shipwreck of c. 1658 (Read 2018: 77, 82; fig. 37; misnamed Type V in figure caption).

Class: palm guard
Sub class: Read type VI (variant)

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Finder
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1600
Date to: Circa AD 1800

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 37.4 mm
Width: 36.6 mm
Thickness: 7.1 mm
Weight: 27.61 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 24th October 2018 - Wednesday 24th October 2018

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: IOW2018-1-323

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
District: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Isle of Wight

Spatial coordinates

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: Club rally
Current location: Finder
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Read, B. 2018 Metal Sewing-Thimbles Found in Britain Oxford Archaeopress 77, 82; fig. 37

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Audit data

Recording Institution: IOW
Created: 3 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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