Contributed by Brian Luker

These two modest objects illustrate change and continuity. They are identical in form and function but span a period of 600 years. The thimble on the left is of bronze. It was cast (perhaps individully or in a batch) and a craftsman then punched the holes that anchor the needle. It was found lying in our garden, part of the grounds of a former palace of the Bishop of Bath and Wells, and was dated in 1993 to the 14C by a member of the medieval team at the British Museum. On the right is the thimble issued to me as part of my "hussif" or housewife kit on entry to the RAF for National Service, before I started my pilot training. It is made of brass or brassed steel and by machine. The craft was in the design and manufacture of the ingenious machine that made these in thousands. I got it in 1953, 600 years after the bronze one was made.

Brian Luker
23 01 10

I know this is two objects but they are very small.

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