LANCUM-EA5B27: LANCUM-EA5B27: Late medieval or early post-medieval fixture for weaving frame

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Unique ID: LANCUM-EA5B27

Object type certainty: Probably
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Cast cu-alloy 'screw' with heart-shaped handle, probably dating to the late medieval or early post-medieval period, i.e. AD1500-1700. The heart-shaped handle is made up of two bent 'halves' which may have been bent slightly out of shape subsequently. The 'screw' part displayed a very basic, rounded thread which suggest an earlier date (Geoff Egan, pers. comm.). The screw would have been too weak to hold something heavy in place and is best seen perhaps as a part of an early 'sewing vice' which could be clamped to a table to facilitate sewing, stitching and mending of fabric. The actual device would have held needles, pins and perhaps yarn and was easily accessible for the needlewoman. A complete, later example can be seen when followed the link below. The description of this 'sewing bird' is the following: "Sewing bird, patented by Charles Waterman, Connecticut, 1853. The bird could be clamped to a table to hold a piece of fabric in its beak and facilitate hemming and stitching. Advertisements touted its "health reserving property" because it allowed the sewer to sit up straight rather than bend over work held in the lap." ( Although this bird was patented only in the late 19th century, patina and make of our object suggest that it was made in an earlier period. It may not have been part of a 'sewing bird' but may have held something similar in place.


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early
Date from: Post AD 1500
Date to: Ante AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 52.03 mm
Width: 27.28 mm
Thickness: 2.48 mm
Weight: 10.27 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 1st April 2008

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Dot Boughton
Identified by: Mr Geoff Egan
Secondary identifier: Mr Frank Basford

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: North West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cumbria (County)
District: South Lakeland (District)
To be known as: Kendal

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Centred on village (which isn't a parish)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

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

References cited

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Recording Institution: LANCUM
Created: 11 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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