BOOK MOUNTS

MISCELLANEOUS

Pins
Ball headed pins and coil headed pins

Pins
with ball heads

Object: Pins
Culture: medieval
Country/Area of Origin: UK.
Material: Brass
Size: 25mm - 30mm
Notes: Group of pins likely from Thames, London.

Pins
with coiled heads

Object: Pins
Culture: Tudor. 15th-16th century.
Country/Area of Origin: Greenwich, England
Material: Brass
Size: 24mm to 45mm length. Various thicknesses.
Notes:
Thames foreshore find in front of one of Henry VIII's palaces, Greenwich, England. Pins constructed by drawing out the wire and coiling it into a ball and then hammering. Traces of the coil marks are clearly visible.

Pin
with flat head

Object: Pin
Culture: Tudor. 15th-16th century
Country/Area of Origin: Greenwich, England
Material: Brass
Size: 45mm length
Notes:
Foreshore find in front of one of Henry VIII's palaces, Greenwich. Constructed by drawing out the wire and hammering the end flat. Length and weight of the pin suggest use as a veil pin for silk or very fine linen.

Pins
with coil heads

Object: Pins
Culture: Tudor. 15th-16th century.
Country/Area of Origin: Greenwich, England.
Material: Brass
Size: 24mm to 45mcm length
Notes:
Thames foreshore find in front of one of Henry VIII's palaces, Greenwich, England. Pins constructed by drawing out the wire and coiling it into a ball and then hammering. Traces of the coil marks are clearly visible. Slight traces of gilding visible on one pin. The smallest seems consistant with a sewing pin.

Pin
with coiled head

Object: Pin
Culture: Tudor. 15th-16th century
Country/Area of Origin: Greenwich, England
Material: Brass
Size: 40mm length.
Notes:
Thames foreshore find in front of one of Henry VIII's palaces, Greenwich, England. Pins constructed by drawing out the wire and coiling it into a ball and then hammering. Traces of the coil marks are clearly visible. Sturdiness suggests use for clothing, eg sleeves, rather than veils.

Pins

Object
: Pins
Culture: Medieval. 14th-15th century
Country/Area of Origin: Thames, London
Material:
Size: 26mm - 28mm
Notes: One pin is flat headed and fine suggesting use as a veil pin, the other constructed with the coil head method and is of a sturdier nature suggetsing general use.
Needles & bodkins

Needle

Object
: Needle
Culture: Early Medieval
Country/Area of Origin: Suffolk, England.
Material: Copper Alloy
Size: 60mm x 27mm
Notes: PASF-2CC700. This needle has a tapering shaft with a pointed terminal and an oval cross-section, measuring 2.7mm in width, at its widest point and 2mm in thickness. The head is a pointed lozenge shape (5mm in width at its central point) with a long oval perforation through it, measuring 6.8mm in length and 2.5mm in width internally. There are traces of a possible circumference groove below the head, although it is unclear if this is intentional or due to later damage. A very similar needle has been found at Threave Castle, Galloway, although this example was slightly shorter, however this find was unfortunately unstratified (Good and Tabraham 'Medieval Archaeology' 1981, 108, fig 10, no 49). No other exact parallel could be found, however, this needle is probably most likely to be early-medieval or medieval in date. Findspot: 'Freckenham', parish protected.

Needle or bodkin

Object: Needle or bodkin
Culture: Medieval
Country/Area of Origin: Katwijk, Netherlands
Material:
Size: 62mm length
Notes: Flat construction from eye to tip. The tip comes to a point with 2 angles. The shaft does not taper. It is likely this needle was used for lacing clothing and not domestic sewing.

Pins or needles without heads

Object: Pins, needles without heads?
Culture: Medieval
Country/Area of Origin: UK.
Material:
Size: 33mm - 34mm in length
Notes: Uncertain whether these were pins or needles withthe heads broken off.

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