Pins and Needles - 21
coiled headed, flat headed, ball headed pins & needles
Needles - 5

Needle
with tapered end
N01

Object
: Needle
Culture: Early Medieval
Country/Area of Origin: Suffolk, England.
Material: Copper alloy
Size: 60mm x 27mm
Weight: 1.79g

Notes: PAS SF-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. A slightly longer needle with the same eye and construction is recorded with the Museum of London, Acc No 1244 from Swan Lane, Upper Thames Street, London, "The Medieval Household", Goeff Egan.
Needle
with flat head
N02


Object
: Needle
Culture: Late Medieval - ?16th century
Country/Area of Origin: Kiev, Ukraine.
Material: Bronze
Size: 75mm
Weight: 0.85g

Notes: Metal detector find, Kiev, Ukraine. Excavations of antiquities with the help of a metal detector. I found this needle during excavations on the site of an ancient settlement in the Kiev region. I think that this subject belongs to the period of the 16th century.

Needle or bodkin
with flat body
N03

Object: Needle or bodkin
Culture: Medieval
Country/Area of Origin: K
atwijk, Netherlands
Material:
Size: 62mm length
Weight: 1.27g

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.

Needle
undrilled No.1
N04

Object: Needle
Culture: Medieval
Country/Area of Origin: UK.
Material:
Size: 33mm
Weight: 0.16g

Notes: Uncertain whether these were pins or needles withthe heads broken off.

Needle
undrilled No.2
N05

Object: Needle
Culture: Medieval
Country/Area of Origin: UK.
Material:
Size: 34mm
Weight: 1.17g

Notes: Uncertain whether these were pins or needles withthe heads broken off.


Flat headed pins - 2

Pin
with flat head
PFH01

Object: Pin
Culture: Tudor. 15th-16th century
Country/Area of Origin: Greenwich, England
Material: Brass
Size: 45mm length
Weight: 0.13g

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.

Pin
with flat head
PFH02


Object
: Pin
Culture: 14th-15th century
Country/Area of Origin: Thames, London, England.
Material:
Size: 26mm - 28mm
Weight: 0.06g

Notes: Pin complete and undamaged, although bent. Pin is flat headed and fine suggesting use as a veil pin.

 
Coiled headed pins - 11

Pin
with coiled head
PCH01

Object: Pin
Culture: Tudor. 15th-16th century
Country/Area of Origin: Greenwich, England
Material: Brass
Size: 40mm length
Weight: 0.49g

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.

Pin
with coiled head
PCH02


Object
: Pin
Culture: Medieval. 14th-15th century
Country/Area of Origin: Thames, London
Material:
Size: 26mm - 28mm
Weight: 0.08g

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.
Pin
with coil head

PCH03

Object: Pin
Culture: Medieval
Country/Area of Origin: UK.
Material: Brass
Size: 30mm
Weight: 0.07g
.
Notes: Group of pins likely from Thames, London.

Pin
with coil head

PCH04

Object: Pin
Culture: Medieval
Country/Area of Origin: UK.
Material: Brass
Size: 24mm
Weight: 0.06g

Notes: Group of pins likely from Thames, London.

Pin
with coil head
PCH05

Object: Pins
Culture: Tudor. 15th-16th century.
Country/Area of Origin: Greenwich, England.
Material: Brass, gilding
Size: 25mm length
Weight: 0.11g

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.

Pin
with coiled head
PCH06

Object: Pin
Culture: Tudor. 15th-16th century.
Country/Area of Origin: Greenwich, England
Material: Brass
Size: 33mm length
Weight: 0.33g

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 coiled head
PCH07

Object: Pin
Culture: Tudor. 15th-16th century.
Country/Area of Origin: Greenwich, England
Material: Brass
Size: 35mm length
Weight: 0.27g

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 coiled head
PCH08

Object: Pin
Culture: Tudor. 15th-16th century.
Country/Area of Origin: Greenwich, England
Material: Brass
Size: 30mm length.
Weight: 0.22g

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 coiled head
PCH09

Object: Pin
Culture: Tudor. 15th-16th century.
Country/Area of Origin: Greenwich, England
Material: Brass
Size: 32mm length
Weight: 0.25g

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 coiled head
PCH10

Object: Pin
Culture: Tudor. 15th-16th century.
Country/Area of Origin: Greenwich, England
Material: Brass
Size: 37mm length.
Weight: 0.22g

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 coiled head
PCH11

Object: Pin
Culture: Tudor. 15th-16th century.
Country/Area of Origin: Greenwich, England
Material: Brass
Size: 38mm length
Weight: 0.21g

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.

 
Ball headed pins - 3
Pin
with ball head

PBH01

Object: Pin
Culture: Medieval
Country/Area of Origin: UK.
Material: Brass
Size: 25mm
Weight: 0.06g

Notes: Group of pins likely from Thames, London.

Pin
with ball head
PBH02

Object: Pin
Culture: Tudor. 15th-16th century.
Country/Area of Origin: Greenwich, England.
Material: Brass
Size: 30mm length
Weight: 0.13g

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 ball head
PBH03

Object: Pins
Culture: Tudor. 15th-16th century.
Country/Area of Origin: Greenwich, England.
Material: Brass
Size: 20mm length
Weight: 0.05g

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.


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