SOM-49F1AE: Post medieval thimble

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Unique ID: SOM-49F1AE

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A complete late Medieval to Post Medieval copper alloy open thimble or sewing ring dating to the period c.AD 1400 - 1600. The thimble is circular in plan, narrowing in width from the open base to open top. The walls of the thimble are covered in hand-drilled, sub-circular indentations arranged into a series of slightly irregular lines. There is an a slightly thickened collar around the base of the thimble. There is no evidence of a makers mark.

It measures 10.0mm in height, 17.8mm in diameter at the top and 20.4mm at the base and weighs 4.81 grams.

Similar examples can be found in Read (2018), e.g. nos 26 and 42. He states that these type of thimbles were possibly from Nuremberg and probably cast. They have punched indentations and can have circumferential ridges or grooves. He suggests a date of c.1520-1600 for this type (2018, 14-15). Ring type thimbles are found in British contexts from around AD 1450 (Holmes 1988:1). This thimble is similar to one found in Holmes 1988 fig. 4 which is dated to c.1450 - 1550.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1450
Date to: Circa AD 1600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 10 mm
Weight: 4.81 g
Diameter: 20.4 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 10th May 2019 - Saturday 10th August 2019

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC Receipt 018544

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Somerset (County)
District: Taunton Deane (District)
To be known as: Cheddon Fitzpaine CP

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

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Holmes, E.F. 1988 Sewing Thimbles Finds Research Group 700-1700 Datasheet 9
Read, B. 2018 Metal Sewing-Thimbles Found in Britain Oxford Archaeopress

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Recording Institution: SOM
Created: 2 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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