Thimbles - 9
Domed thimbles & Ring thimbles
Domed thimbles - 7
Thimble
with spiral punches
TH01

Object: Thimble
Culture: medival. 15th century
Country/Area of Origin: England, UK
Material: Brass
Size: 23mm base diameter
Weight: 3.58g

Notes: The dimples are rectangular and machine punched in a spiral starting at the baseline and over the top. There is one etched groove at the base of the thimble. Very fine condition.

Beehive thimble
with round dimples
TH02

Object: Beehive thimble
Culture: Medieval
Country/Area of Origin: East Anglia, England. UK.
Material:
Size: 22mm base diameter
Weight: 5.69g

Notes: Thimble constructed in the beehive style. The even depth of the dimples suggests possibly machine punched circular dimples around the side and top.

Beehive thimble
with irregular dimples
TH03

Object: Thimble
Culture: Medieval. 14th-15th century
Country/Area of Origin: England. UK
Material: Brass.
Size: 18mm base diameter
Weight: 4.91g

Notes: Hand punched irregular dimples.

Beehive thimble
with large dimples
TH04

Object: Thimble
Culture:
Medieval. 14th century
Country/Area of Origin: England.
Material:
Brass
Size: 25mm diameter
Weight: 16.19g

Notes: This is an extremely sturdy thimble with hand drilled dimples. Thick walls. The size of the dimples suggest a heavy duty needle was used with this thimble, and would be suitable for occupations such as leatherwork or sailmaking etc. There is a small lip at the base.

Beehive thimble
with tiny dimples
TH05

Object: Thimble.
Culture: Medieval. 14th century
Country/Area of Origin: England. UK.
Material: brass
Size: 22mm base diameter
Weight: 3.59g

Notes: This thimble has very small dimples, suggesting that the needle used with is was extremely thin and light weight. The large diameter suggests that it was used by a man as even worn on a woman's thumb, the thimble is loose. Statutes at the end of the 13th century lists 94 embroiderers in Paris, 15 of whom were men. This type of thimble would have been suitable for this use. It has relatively even hand drilled dimples and an etched groove around the bottom circumference. Very worn.

Domed thimble
with raised apex
TH06

Object: Thimble
Culture: Medieval. 14th century
Country/Area of Origin: Norfolk, England.
Material: brass
Size: 18mm base diameter
Weight: 3.94g

Notes: Thimble has uneven hand punched dimples around the walls and a plain raised central apex. There is a single etched groove around the base. Thimble is complete.

Domed thimble
with flat apex
TH07

Object: Thimble
Culture: Medieval. 14th-15th century
Country/Area of Origin: England. UK
Material: brass
Size: 18mm base diameter
Weight: 4.28g

Notes: Flat apex with even dimples. The base of the thimble has a singular line several millimetres from the base. Thimble is complete save for a small section at the base of the rim.

 

Ring thimbles - 2

Ring Thimble
with triangular dimples
RTH01


Object
:
Ring thimble
Culture:
Medieval - 14th - 15th century
Country/Area of Origin: East Anglia, England, UK
Material:
Size:
20mm diameter
Weight: 4.01g

Notes: Ring thimble with four rows of large, triangular dimples. The base of the thimble has a singular line several millimetres from the base. Thimble is complete with a small indentation at the top rim.
Ring thimble
with
RTH02


Object
:
Ring thimble
Culture:
Medieval
Country/Area of Origin: UK
Material:
Size:
20mm diameter
Weight: 5.35g

Notes: Ring thimble with four rows of medieum sized, triangular dimples. The base of the thimble is undecorated. Thimble is complete and undamaged.

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