HESH-D0536C: Medieval: Spindle Whorl

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SPINDLE WHORL

Unique ID: HESH-D0536C

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Cast lead or lead alloy bi-convex decorated spindle whorl of Roman to Post Medieval date (1 - 1650 AD); most probably medieval date (AD 1300-1550). The spindle whorl is broadly circular in plan and a globular bi-convex shape in profile. Both faces have a cast rim around the edge and also a similar rim around the circumference of the inner hole - this central rim is very high compared to most examples recorded to date. The central hole is broadly circular and has been cast / set slightly off centre; it has an internal diameter of 7.8mm. The upper and lower faces are decorated with the same design - this consists of a series of radiating lines each of which has a small pellet on its terminal. The spindle whorl is a white colour with an even but eroded surface patina. Spindle whorls are used for a long period of time and as such are very difficult to date precisely without other evidence (such as pottery). This form is often attributed to the Medieval period although this example has a very high bi-convex profile

The whorl measures 25.3mm diameter, is 14.8mm thick. It weighs 40.12 grams

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Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1400
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 14.8 mm
Weight: 40.12 g
Diameter: 25.3 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Peter Reavill
Identified by: Mr Peter Reavill

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Shropshire Museum Service; Object Entry Form: E. 01558

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: County of Herefordshire (Unitary Authority)
District: County of Herefordshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Eaton Bishop (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SO4439
Four figure Latitude: 52.04654981
Four figure longitude: -2.81796765
1:25K map: SO4439
1:10K map: SO43NW
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

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Recording Institution: HESH
Created: 8 months ago
Updated: 4 months ago

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