IOW-BB5B99: thimble

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Unique ID: IOW-BB5B99

Object type certainty: Certain
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An incomplete Medieval to post-Medieval copper-alloy closed heavy duty thimble of 'beehive' type (c. 1400-c. 1550).
The sides are slightly curved and have ten turns of spiralling circular indentations. These spiral clockwise from the rim to the centre of the top. The rim is unthickened and has a cirumferential groove beneath the indentations. There are no marks relating to the manufacturing process.

It has a dull green patina and the break is old.

Height: 23.0mm; width: 21.4mm; thickness: 18.4mm. Weight: 9.93g.
See Holmes 1988: 1, fig: 2.
Holmes, E.F. (1988) Sewing Thimbles. Finds Research Group Datasheet 9. Norwich, Finds Research Group.

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Finder
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 23 mm
Width: 21.4 mm
Thickness: 18.4 mm
Weight: 9.93 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 8th March 2020 - Sunday 8th March 2020

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: IOW2020-1-74

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
District: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Isle of Wight

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: Finder
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Holmes, E.F. 1988 Sewing Thimbles Finds Research Group 700-1700 Datasheet 9 1, fig: 2

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Audit data

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

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