PUBLIC-A6D670: Post Medieval thimble palm guard

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THIMBLE

Unique ID: PUBLIC-A6D670

Object type certainty: Certain
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A cast copper-alloy palm guard, probably Post Medieval. It is flat and circular with three regularly spaced lobed and holed knops projecting from the outer edge. The domed back is plain with no evidence of attachments. The front has a raised rim within which is a series of linear hatched indentations. The object measures 32.80mm in diameter, 39.33mm including the knops, and is 6.40mm thick. For a similar example, see SUSS-864CD1, SWYOR-438A46 & DEV-0ACE07, from which the discussion (below) is taken. It weighs 18.89g.

Read (Post Medieval Palm Guard Pushers in The Searcher issue no. Feb 2010, pp. 48-9) has recently discussed several similar items which he has identified as the metal 'pusher' from a palm guard used for pushing needles through the cloth when sewing heavy material such as sailcloth or leather. Dating is currently uncertain but a 17th-18th century date is suggested for the current known examples.

Update: Read 2018 has classified palm guards into six main types, and this example is of sub-type IIa.

Class: palm guard

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1600
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 6.4 mm
Weight: 18.99 g
Diameter: 32.8 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 17th December 2017

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Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Hertfordshire (County)
District: Welwyn Hatfield (District)
To be known as: Nr Ayot St Lawrence

Spatial coordinates


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
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth less than 0.25 m

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Read, B. 2018 Metal Sewing-Thimbles Found in Britain Oxford Archaeopress 80

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

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