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Medieval thimble discovered in England

A fifteenth-century thimble is one of the objects recently discovered and reported to the Portable Antiquities Scheme. Other recent finds include a 13th-century seal, a pilgrim badge in the shape of a purse, and a Venetian silver coin.

Found near the town of Sherborne in southwest England, the thimble weighs just over four grams and is made of copper. Also known as a sewing ring, it was stamped with an anti-right-hand spiral of square pits. You can get more details on the Portable Antiquities Scheme website.

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Photo courtesy The Portable Antiquities Scheme

The item is among a variety of buckles, coins and other medieval items recently listed in the Portable Antiquities Scheme website. Often discovered by metal detectors, they are documented and valued by the project, with some of the more extravagant finds going to local museums. Here are some of the other interesting finds:

Seal – dating to the 13th century, this lead seal is very worn, but one can still see an engraved six-pointed star or flower with pointed oval petals/rays. This is surrounded by a legend which reads “+S’WILL’F.ICAB” – which possibly is an abbreviation of Sgillium William fillius Jacon. This translates as Seal of Thomase son of Robert. It was found near Canterbury – click here for more details.

Photo courtesy Kent County Council / Portable Antiquities Scheme

Ring – discovered near the village of Ketton in central England, this copper ring is described by the Scheme as having “a narrow circular cross-section hoop that expands along the top edge to form a low pointed bezel with gentle sloping shoulders.  The setting on top of the bezel is a purple coloured glass cabochon.” This style of ring was popular in the 13th century, but could date from any time in the later Middle Ages. Click here for more details.

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Photo courtesy Derby Museums Trust / The Portable Antiquities Scheme

Pilgrim Badge – Dating to the 14th or 15th century, this lead object is in the shape of a purse. It may have been a pilgrim badge, while another possibility was that it was a lucky charm with the wearer hoping that it might bring them money. It was found near Bristol. Click here for more details.

Photo courtesy Bristol City Council / The Portable Antiquities Scheme

Venetian coin – discovered near the village of Crondall in southern England, this worn and heavily clipped medieval silver Venetian soldino was minted during the period of Nicolo Tron’s rule as Venice’s Doge (1466-1473). Click here for more details.

Photo courtesy The Portable Antiquities Scheme

 

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