OXON-413F44: Medieval thimble: Beehive thimble

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THIMBLE

Unique ID: OXON-413F44

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A complete medieval to early post-medieval copper alloy closed thimble, dating from c. AD 1400 - 1550. The thimble is beehive shaped with a domed, 'tonsure' top (Holmes 1988; 3) and flaring sides. There is a small notch on the lower edge, probably from construction. 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 end of the thimble the drilled pits are in an apparent spiral; the very centre is undecorated (the 'tonsure') with a single pit in the very peak. See Holmes Sewing Thimbles FRG Datasheet 9.

Class: Beehive

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1400
Date to: Circa AD 1550

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 13.7 mm
Thickness: 1.4 mm
Weight: 3.5 g
Diameter: 17.2 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Anni Byard
Identified by: Miss Anni Byard

Other reference numbers

Other reference: OXPAS2019.187

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Oxfordshire (County)
District: Cherwell (District)
To be known as: Near Bicester

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Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

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