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H 276 x W 203 mm

102 pages

Illustrated throughout in colour and black & white (26 colour plates)

Published Jul 2018

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781784919450

Digital: 9781784919467

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Sewing-thimble; thimble; palm-iron; metal-detecting; metal-detectorist; handbook; guide; small finds; archaeology; museums; reference; metal objects; dealers; collectors; medieval; post-medieval; historical; Britain

Metal Sewing-Thimbles Found in Britain

By Brian Read

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This is the first reference book that deals specifically with all types of sewing-thimble made from copper-alloy or silver, or either of these materials combined with iron or steel, and found in Britain. Domed, ring-type and open-top sewing-thimbles are described, among them unusual examples and others previously absent from the known record.



Notes on Illustrations; Foreword; Metal Sewing-Thimbles; Metal Ring-Type Thimbles; Metal Domed Thimbles; Metal Open-Top Thimbles; Metal Finger-Guards; Metal Palm-Irons; Metal So-called Palm Guards; Bibliography

About the Author

BRIAN READ was born in 1939 in Essex and raised in East and South-East London. With no formal educational qualifications, in 1954 he left Secondary Modern School and became a trainee millwright and then a trainee groundsman before joining the Merchant Navy in 1955 where he travelled widely. In 1961 he embarked on a fire service career, first with the Devon County Fire Service, then the City of Plymouth Fire Brigade, and finally the newly formed Devon Fire Brigade. While on duty in 1983, in the rank of assistant divisional officer, he sustained an injury that, in 1986, resulted in his medical discharge.