SF-B04353: medieval wheel and holder

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Unique ID: SF-B04353

Object type certainty: Certain
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two copper alloy objects forming a roulette wheel and holder. The roulette is a flat, annular shape, 3.2mm in width, supported by three arms of equal length which meet in a triangle in the centre, in which there is a rivet hole. The edge of the roulette wheel is patterned with a running zig-zag, and is 1.74mm in thickness. The roulette wheel weighs 5.99g.
The 'holder' is a forked spindle-holder, designed to hold the roulette whilst allowing it to spin. The spindle is missing. The 'holder' is cast in one, composed of two arms which meet at a solid head with terminal knop, defined by a collar of two bands. It is 7,5mm in width where the arms and head meet, and the distance between the arms is 3.45mm. The arms are 18.85mm in length, and they expand in width from 3.2mm at the head to 6.62mm at the opposite terminals, where they finish with curved ends. The 'holder' weighs 5.18g.
Whilst the date of this pair of objects is uncertain, it seems likely that is was used for tooling, possibly on parchment or leather.

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Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1300
Date to: Circa AD 1800

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 2

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 1st January 2005

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mrs Jane Carr
Identified by: Mrs Jane Carr

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: Mid Suffolk (District)
To be known as: Coddenham

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

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  • Quinz Thorsten wrote @ 15:17:12 on the 26th July 2010.

    Hello i`m writing you from Germany. I`ve found the same wheel - not only the wheel but the whole thing. In total it is 11 cm long. Mine is in very good condition. We don`t think it`s for leather manufacturer because the edges are not sharp enough to bring traces on the leatherskin. Next thing is that the handle has only 7 cm in length this is not long enough to handle it easy and to get pressure on the wheel and also on a skin. We think its a pastry wheel. Ours is dated from middleage to 18th century. With best regards Thorsten

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