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Pins and Needles
coiled headed, flat headed, ball headed pins & needles


Needles - 10

Needle
with tapered end
N01

Object
: Needle
Culture: Early Medieval
Country/Area of Origin: Suffolk, England.
Material: Copper alloy
Size: 60mm x 27mm
Weight: 1.79g

Notes: PAS SF-2CC700. This needle has a tapering shaft with a pointed terminal and an oval cross-section, measuring 2.7mm in width, at its widest point and 2mm in thickness. The head is a pointed lozenge shape (5mm in width at its central point) with a long oval perforation through it, measuring 6.8mm in length and 2.5mm in width internally. There are traces of a possible circumference groove below the head, although it is unclear if this is intentional or due to later damage. A very similar needle has been found at Threave Castle, Galloway, although this example was slightly shorter, however this find was unfortunately unstratified (Good and Tabraham 'Medieval Archaeology' 1981, 108, fig 10, no 49). No other exact parallel could be found, however, this needle is probably most likely to be early-medieval or medieval in date. Findspot: 'Freckenham', parish protected. A slightly longer needle with the same eye and construction is recorded with the Museum of London, Acc No 1244 from Swan Lane, Upper Thames Street, London, "The Medieval Household", Goeff Egan.
Needle
with flat head
N02


Object
: Needle
Culture: Late Medieval - ?16th century
Country/Area of Origin: Kiev, Ukraine.
Material: Bronze
Size: 75mm
Weight: 0.85g

Notes: Metal detector find, Kiev, Ukraine. Excavations of antiquities with the help of a metal detector. I found this needle during excavations on the site of an ancient settlement in the Kiev region. I think that this subject belongs to the period of the 16th century.

Needle or bodkin
with flat body
N03

Object: Needle or bodkin
Culture: Medieval
Country/Area of Origin: K
atwijk, Netherlands
Material:
Size: 62mm length
Weight: 1.27g

Notes: Flat construction from eye to tip. The tip comes to a point with 2 angles. The shaft does not taper. It is likely this needle was used for lacing clothing and not domestic sewing.

Needle
Roman
N06


Object
: Needle
Culture: Roman Circa 2nd- 4th Century AD
Country/Area of Origin: North-West part of Bulgaria. Balkans
Material: iron
Size: 66 mm
Weight: 1.74g

Notes: This needle has a tapering shaft with a pointed terminal and an oval cross-section. The head is a pointed lozenge shape with a long oval perforation through it. A very similar needle has been found at Threave Castle, Galloway, although this example was slightly shorter. Item:
Needle A 039 - Roman Period Compact Iron Needle.
Needle
Celtic
N07


Object
: Needle
Culture: Celtic 200-100 BC
Country/Area of Origin: North-West part of Bulgaria. Balkans
Material: bronze
Size: 91mm
Weight: 2.51g

Notes: This needle has a tapering shaft with a pointed terminal and an oval cross-section. The head is a pointed lozenge shape with a long oval perforation through it. A very similar needle has been found at Threave Castle, Galloway, although this example was slightly shorter. Metal detector find. Described as: Needle A 036 - Celtic Bronze Needle. As found in the soil and still with some earth deposits remaining on the surface. Circa 200 - 100 B.C.
Needle
Large Celtic
N08


Object
:
Needle
Culture:
Celtic. 200-100BC
Country/Area of Origin: North-west Bulgaria, Balkans
Material: Bronze
Size:
119mm
Weight: 4.33g

Notes:
This needle has a tapering shaft with a pointed terminal and a round head with a singular oval opening. Extremely large Celtic needle. Described as: Needle A 038 - Celtic Bronze Needle. Circa 200 - 100 B.C. Balkans
Needle
Medieval
Ukraine
N09


Object
: Needle
Culture: Medieval. 12th-14th century
Country/Area of Origin: Ternopil, Ukraine
Material: bronze
Size: 70mm
Weight: 1.22g

Notes: This needle has a tapering shaft with a pointed terminal and a round head with a singular oval opening. I think this is a 12-14 century needle. Found carrying out excavations on the territory of the Ternopil region of Ukraine. There were 2 needles. Condition described as "fine."
Needle
Medieval Ukraine
N10


Object
:
Needle
Culture:
Medieval. 12th-14th century
Country/Area of Origin: Ternopil, Ukraine
Material: bronze
Size:
65mm
Weight: 1.36g

Notes:
This needle has a tapering shaft with a pointed terminal and a round head with a singular oval opening. I think this is a 12-14 century needle. Found carrying out excavations on the territory of the Ternopil region of Ukraine. There were 2 needles. Condition described as "fine."
Needle
undrilled No.1
N04

Object: Needle
Culture: Medieval
Country/Area of Origin: UK.
Material:
Size: 33mm
Weight: 0.16g
.
Notes: Uncertain whether these were pins or needles withthe heads broken off.

Needle
undrilled No.2
N05

Object: Needle
Culture: Medieval
Country/Area of Origin: UK.
Material:
Size: 34mm
Weight: 1.17g

Notes: Uncertain whether these were pins or needles withthe heads broken off.

 

Flat headed pins

Pin
with flat head
PFH01

Object: Pin
Culture: Tudor. 15th-16th century
Country/Area of Origin: Greenwich, England
Material: Brass
Size: 45mm length
Weight: 0.13g

Notes:
Foreshore find in front of one of Henry VIII's palaces, Greenwich. Constructed by drawing out the wire and hammering the end flat. Length and weight of the pin suggest use as a veil pin for silk or very fine linen.

Pin
with flat head
PFH02


Object
: Pin
Culture: 14th-15th century
Country/Area of Origin: Thames, London, England.
Material:
Size: 26mm - 28mm
Weight: 0.06g

Notes: Pin complete and undamaged, although bent. Pis flat headed and fine suggesting use as a veil pin.

 

Coiled headed pins

Pin
with coiled head
PCH01

Object: Pin
Culture: Tudor. 15th-16th century
Country/Area of Origin: Greenwich, England
Material: Brass
Size: 40mm length
Weight: 0.49g

Notes: Thames foreshore find in front of one of Henry VIII's palaces, Greenwich, England. Pins constructed by drawing out the wire and coiling it into a ball and then hammering. Traces of the coil marks are clearly visible. Sturdiness suggests use for clothing, eg sleeves, rather than veils.

Pin
with coiled head
PCH02


Object
: Pin
Culture: Medieval. 14th-15th century
Country/Area of Origin: Thames, London
Material:
Size: 26mm - 28mm
Weight: 0.08g

Notes: One pin is flat headed and fine suggesting use as a veil pin, the other constructed with the coil head method and is of a sturdier nature suggetsing general use.
Pin
with coil head

PCH03

Object: Pin
Culture: Medieval
Country/Area of Origin: UK.
Material: Brass
Size: 30mm
Weight: 0.07g
.
Notes: Group of pins likely from Thames, London.

Pin
with coil head

PCH04

Object: Pin
Culture: Medieval
Country/Area of Origin: UK.
Material: Brass
Size: 24mm
Weight: 0.06g

Notes: Group of pins likely from Thames, London.

Pin
with coil head
PCH05

Object: Pins
Culture: Tudor. 15th-16th century.
Country/Area of Origin: Greenwich, England.
Material: Brass, gilding
Size: 25mm length
Weight: 0.11g
.
Notes: Thames foreshore find in front of one of Henry VIII's palaces, Greenwich, England. Pins constructed by drawing out the wire and coiling it into a ball and then hammering. Traces of the coil marks are clearly visible. Slight traces of gilding visible.

Pin
with coiled head
PCH06

Object: Pin
Culture: Tudor. 15th-16th century.
Country/Area of Origin: Greenwich, England
Material: Brass
Size: 33mm length
Weight: 0.33g

Notes: Thames foreshore find in front of one of Henry VIII's palaces, Greenwich, England. Pins constructed by drawing out the wire and coiling it into a ball and then hammering. Traces of the coil marks are clearly visible.

Pin
with coiled head
PCH07

Object: Pin
Culture: Tudor. 15th-16th century.
Country/Area of Origin: Greenwich, England
Material: Brass
Size: 35mm length
Weight: 0.27g

Notes: Thames foreshore find in front of one of Henry VIII's palaces, Greenwich, England. Pins constructed by drawing out the wire and coiling it into a ball and then hammering. Traces of the coil marks are clearly visible.

Pin
with coiled head
PCH08

Object: Pin
Culture: Tudor. 15th-16th century.
Country/Area of Origin: Greenwich, England
Material: Brass
Size: 30mm length.
Weight: 0.22g

Notes: Thames foreshore find in front of one of Henry VIII's palaces, Greenwich, England. Pins constructed by drawing out the wire and coiling it into a ball and then hammering. Traces of the coil marks are clearly visible.

Pin
with coiled head
PCH09

Object: Pin
Culture: Tudor. 15th-16th century.
Country/Area of Origin: Greenwich, England
Material: Brass
Size: 32mm length
Weight: 0.25g

Notes: Thames foreshore find in front of one of Henry VIII's palaces, Greenwich, England. Pins constructed by drawing out the wire and coiling it into a ball and then hammering. Traces of the coil marks are clearly visible.

Pin
with coiled head
PCH10

Object: Pin
Culture: Tudor. 15th-16th century.
Country/Area of Origin: Greenwich, England
Material: Brass
Size: 37mm length.
Weight: 0.22g

Notes: Thames foreshore find in front of one of Henry VIII's palaces, Greenwich, England. Pins constructed by drawing out the wire and coiling it into a ball and then hammering. Traces of the coil marks are clearly visible.

Pin
with coiled head
PCH11

Object: Pin
Culture: Tudor. 15th-16th century.
Country/Area of Origin: Greenwich, England
Material: Brass
Size: 38mm length
Weight: 0.21g

Notes: Thames foreshore find in front of one of Henry VIII's palaces, Greenwich, England. Pins constructed by drawing out the wire and coiling it into a ball and then hammering. Traces of the coil marks are clearly visible.

 

Ball headed pins
Pin
with ball head
PBH01

Object: Pin
Culture: Medieval
Country/Area of Origin: UK.
Material: Brass
Size: 25mm
Weight: 0.06g

Notes: Group of pins likely from Thames, London.

Pin
with ball head
PBH02

Object: Pin
Culture: Tudor. 15th-16th century.
Country/Area of Origin: Greenwich, England.
Material: Brass
Size: 30mm length
Weight: 0.13g

Notes: Thames foreshore find in front of one of Henry VIII's palaces, Greenwich, England. Pins constructed by drawing out the wire and coiling it into a ball and then hammering. Traces of the coil marks are clearly visible.Slight traces of gilding visible on one pin. The smallest seems consistant with a sewing pin.

Pin
with ball head
PBH03

Object: Pins
Culture: Tudor. 15th-16th century.
Country/Area of Origin: Greenwich, England.
Material: Brass
Size: 20mm length
Weight: 0.05g

Notes: Thames foreshore find in front of one of Henry VIII's palaces, Greenwich, England. Pins constructed by drawing out the wire and coiling it into a ball and then hammering. Traces of the coil marks are clearly visible.Slight traces of gilding visible on one pin. The smallest seems consistant with a sewing pin.


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