WMID-32EF74: Medieval: Complete biconvex spindle whorl

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SPINDLE WHORL

Unique ID: WMID-32EF74

Object type certainty: Certain
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A complete lead or lead alloy biconvex spindle whorl, of probable Medieval dating (AD 1100 to AD 1500).

The spindle whorl is sub-circular in plan, with a central, circular perforation extending vertically through the object (internal diameter 9.5 mm). The sides of the spindle whorl are slightly convex and have a repeating pattern of vertical grooves and ridges. There are four lozenge-shaped mouldings attached to the corners of the object; there is a pronounced seam around the girth of the object and is suggestive that it was manufactured by casting. The seam indicating a line between the two halves of the moulds used, which were misaligned as the lozenges are irregularly shaped.

The whorl has a diameter of 24.3 mm and is 16.1 mm thick. It weighs 32.7 grams.

The whorl is of a light to mid grey colour, with an even surface patina.

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 are normally attributed to the Medieval period (c. AD 1100 to AD 1450). The weight of the spindle whorl is suggestive of a fine silk or linen thread 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.

Several similar spindlewhorls have been recorded on the PAS database, including WMID-B5FF11, WMID-C5C727, NLM-A71A31, LEIC-C0D293, BERK-872E36, BH-3C4232 and BH-570998.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 16.1 mm
Weight: 32.7 g
Diameter: 24.3 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 20th January 2019 - Sunday 20th January 2019

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Teresa Gilmore
Identified by: Miss Teresa Gilmore

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Staffordshire (County)
District: Stafford (District)
Parish or ward: Haughton (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SJ8520
Four figure Latitude: 52.7773737
Four figure longitude: -2.22380399
1:25K map: SJ8520
1:10K map: SJ82SE
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 searching with a metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

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