HAMP-CEEEFA: Medieval thimble

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An incomplete medieval to early post-medieval copper alloy closed thimble, dating from 1350 - 1600. The thimble is beehive shaped with a domed, 'tonsure' top (Holmes 1988; 3) and flaring sides. There is a crack (old damage) at the top of the walls to one side.
The circular pits are hand-drilled and arranged in vertical lines (becoming more angled and even diagonal in places) around the walls. Around the domed closed end of the thimble the drilled pits are in an apparent spiral; the very centre is undecorated (the 'tonsure').
The thimble measures 19.1mm in length/ height, 19.0mm in maximum width/ diameter (at the domed top, 15.5mm), the walls are 1.1mm thick and the object weighs 3.43g.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1350
Date to: Circa AD 1600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 19.1 mm
Height: 19.1 mm
Width: 19 mm
Thickness: 1.1 mm
Weight: 3.43 g
Diameter: 19 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Katie Hinds
Identified by: Ms Katie Hinds

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Hampshire Cultural Trust Object Entry Form WINCM 708

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Dorset (County)
District: East Dorset (District)
To be known as: Alderholt

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

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Recording Institution: HAMP
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