Medieval copper-alloy thimble with hand-punched indentations in vertical lines from the base to the pierced crown. The type is often described as a ’skep’ or ’beehive’ thimble on account of its shape.
Nigel Mills, in ’Medieval Artefacts’, comments that pierced crowns are not present on thimbles of this period found in Holland, and suggests that it might indicate English manufacture. Its purpose was possibly to facilitate core support during the casting process.
Similar examples are described and illustrated in Nigel Mills’ ’Medieval Artefacts’, Edwin Holmes’ ’A History of Thimbles’, and Bridget McConnel’s ’The Collector’s Guide to Thimbles’.