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Thimble from Bolsterstone.
Date Made/Found: 1580-1850
Material and Medium: Copper Alloy
Dimensions: Height 2.2cm
Department: Archaeology
Accession Number: 1996.149.4
This is an 18th century thimble, made of copper alloy. It was found during excavations at the glasshouse at Bolsterstone. The shape and form of modern thimbles is not very different to this one. Bolsterstone was an industrial site for the making of glass. During the 18th century industrial sites like this one had become more specialised and were separate from the home. Excavations of industrial sites from this period do find domestic objects however. Finds like this could have been dropped by visitors or workers, or brought in by mistake with raw materials. They may also have been bought to the site on purpose. Even on an industrial site there are quiet times. The workers might have wanted to occupy their time with other activities. Domestic objects like this thimble suggest what these activities might be.
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