WMID-F0635E: Medieval: Spindle Whorl

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SPINDLE WHORL

Unique ID: WMID-F0635E

Object type certainty: Certain
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An incomplete lead or lead alloy convex spindle whorl of uncertain dating but probably Medieval (AD 1100 - AD 1450).

The spindle whorl is subcircular in shape and sub D shaped in section. The central perforation is circular in shape and is cast slightly off centre. The whorl shows no signs of decoration, and is quite plain in appearance. There is a triangular piece missing from the top of the object on the front, and there appears to be a casting irregularity in the form of a incised horizontal groove on the right edge of the perforation on the reverse.

The object measures 26.1 mm in diameter and is 9.6 mm thick. It weighs 31.8 g.

The object is a mid to dark grey in colour with an even patina. Abrasion caused by movement whilst within the plough soil may have resulted in the loss of some of the original surface detail.

Spindle whorls, as an artefact type, can be hard to date accurately as they remained in use for a long period of time, however lead alloy spindle whorls of this type can be attributed to the Medieval period (c. AD 1100 to AD 1450). The weight of the spindle whorl is suggestive of a thick linen or wool fibre being spun, as there is a direct relationship between the weight of the whorl and the thickness of the resulting thread. Fine threads such as silk require a lighter whorl than those used to spun wool or linen. Other examples of this type of Spindle Whorl have been recorded on the database: WMID-C5BE42, WMID-EECFAB and WMID-912513.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: UNKNOWN
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1100
Date to: Circa AD 1450

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 9.6 mm
Weight: 31.8 g
Diameter: 26.1 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 26th December 2014 - Friday 26th December 2014

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Helen Glenn
Identified by: Miss Helen Glenn

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: City of Stoke-on-Trent (Unitary Authority)
District: City of Stoke-on-Trent (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Meir Park (Unitary Authority Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SJ9441
Four figure Latitude: 52.96632695
Four figure longitude: -2.09078039
1:25K map: SJ9441
1:10K map: SJ94SW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found whilst out detecting

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Created: 4 years ago
Updated: 4 years ago

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