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Thimble with an extra passenger

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Thimble with an extra passenger

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Found yesterday on our club dig. It's obviously a thimble but has something else inside it. At first I thought inside it was a musket ball, but the weight wasn't right for that as it felt too light. I also thought the ball might be hiding something interesting inside it, but I haven't tried to clean it up yet. I will investigate that later.

Copper thimble. Unknown material inside (avec mud ;)) ). Looks like a later period one so maybe 19th century.

It's been suggested that it's a piece of porous material that would have been used to mix paint of some sort inside the thimble which sounds very possible. Anyone know which profession may have used such a technique? Or was it a common practice?

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