SWYOR-E5B97E: Post Medieval thimble

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Unique ID: SWYOR-E5B97E

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A copper alloy thimble of the earlier post medieval period, probably about AD 1500-1600. The thimble has a series of punched oval pits, possibly in a right-hand spiral. There are also pits on the shallow domed crown but these are indistinct, obscured by corrosion and damage. The open end rim is incomplete, whilst the crown has been damaged and holed. The sides of thimble are fairly straight, only slightly tapering towards the crown. The thimble has an inner metal sleeve, or perhaps a second thimble stored inside. At the dome, only the inner layer of metal survives, the outer layer of the walls projecting above the height of the inner crown. The object has a height of 16.60mm, and a maximum diameter of 18.61mm. It weighs 6.03g. The thimble is similar to examples on pages 35 - 39 of Read (2018), Metal Sewing-Thimbles Found in Britain. It is covered with concretion making details of the pits and decoration difficult to see.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1500
Date to: Circa AD 1600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 16.6 mm
Weight: 6.03 g
Diameter: 18.61 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 1st February 2019 - Thursday 28th February 2019

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: PAS form number 3361

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: North Yorkshire (County)
District: Hambleton (District)
Parish or ward: Thormanby (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SE4973
Four figure Latitude: 54.15049348
Four figure longitude: -1.25127683
1:25K map: SE4973
1:10K map: SE47SE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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

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Audit data

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

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