NMS-5C47B5: early post Medieval thimble

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Unique ID: NMS-5C47B5

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An early post-medieval closed copper alloy thimble probably dating to the 16th century. The indentations are sub-rectangular and have been stamped in a right-hand spiral running from the base up the sides and covering the top of the thimble. There is an indistinguishable maker's mark (possibly a quatrefoil) placed where the indentations stop short of the base forming a plain band.

Holmes (1988:3) writes that "thimbles with makers' marks appear to have been imported mostly from Nuremberg where, under the ordinances of the Guild of Thimblemakers, all thimbles and sewing rings were required to carry the mark of the master who made them... So far as one can judge thimbles with maker's marks normally date from AD1520 - 1620."

Dimensions: length: 19.5mm; diameter at base: 19.0mm; diameter at peak: 15.4; weight: 6.80g.

Reference: Holmes, E. 1988. Sewing Thimbles. Datasheet 9. Finds Research Group 700-1700 Datasbeets 1-24. 1985-1998. Reprographic Unit, University of Oxford.

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
Length: 19.5 mm
Weight: 6.8 g
Diameter: 19 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 14th August 2019 - Wednesday 14th August 2019

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr G Crace
Identified by: Mr G Crace

Other reference numbers

SMR reference number: 33221
Other reference: GCENF145467

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Norfolk (County)
District: Breckland (District)
Parish or ward: Litcham (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TF8817
Four figure Latitude: 52.71798245
Four figure longitude: 0.78202405
1:25K map: TF8817
1:10K map: TF81NE
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

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