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    • Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
    • Institution: WMID
    • Primary material: Lead

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Record ID: WMID-7272F6
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Cheshire East
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A complete lead spindle whorl dating to the Medieval to Post Medieval periods (c. AD 1100 - 1600). The object is bi-convex; circular in plan with a prominent medial rib and a circular central aperture measuring 8.83mm in diameter. The whorl is decorated on both faces with raised lines radiating from the central aperture with a raised pellet in each cell. The whorl is light grey in colour and shows signs of wear. The overall dimensions are as follows: 26.74mm in diameter, 12.27mm in thickness and 34.45g in weight.
Created on: Wednesday 17th April 2019
Last updated: Tuesday 23rd April 2019
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Record ID: WMID-724AE5
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Cheshire East
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A complete lead spindle whorl dating to the Medieval to Post Medieval periods (c. AD 1100 - 1600). The object is bi-convex; circular in plan with a prominent medial rib and a circular central aperture measuring 9.49mm in diameter. The whorl is decorated on both faces: one face with raised lines radiating from the central aperture with two raised pellets in each cell; the opposing face has a similar pattern though more compact with a greater number of raised lines and a single pellet in each cell. The whorl is grey in colour and both faces are worn. The overall dimensions are as follow…
Created on: Wednesday 17th April 2019
Last updated: Tuesday 23rd April 2019
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Record ID: WMID-722B7A
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Cheshire East
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete lead spindle whorl dating to the Medieval to Post Medieval periods (c. AD 1100 - 1600). The object is bi-convex; circular in plan with a prominent medial rib and a circular central aperture measuring 7.8mm in diameter. The whorl is decorated on both faces with a raised linear pattern radiating from the central aperture, though the surfaces are quite worn therefore making the exact pattern difficult to make out. The whorl grey in colour with wear marks on one face. The overall dimensions are as follows: 26.69mm in diameter, 10.6mm in thickness and 26.41g in weight.
Created on: Wednesday 17th April 2019
Last updated: Tuesday 23rd April 2019
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Record ID: WMID-72169C
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Cheshire East
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A complete lead spindle whorl dating to the Medieval to Post Medieval periods (c. AD 1100 - 1600). The object is bi-convex; circular in plan with a prominent medial rib and a circular central aperture measuring 9.18mm in diameter. The whorl is decorated on both faces with a raised leaf or feather-like motif radiating from the central aperture. The whorl is pinkish-grey in colour. The overall dimensions are as follows: 27.43mm in diameter, 12.15mm in thickness and 26.88g in weight.
Created on: Wednesday 17th April 2019
Last updated: Tuesday 23rd April 2019
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Record ID: WMID-F37417
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: County of Herefordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete lead spindle whorl dating to the Medieval to Post Medieval periods (c. AD 1200-1600). The spindle whorl is broadly circular in plan with one flattened edge, and with a central, circular perforation. The object is bi-conical with some possible raised lines radiating from the central perforation on both faces, though these are heavily worn. Plain lead weights and spindle whorls were in use from the Roman period to the present day, therefore without any contextual information it is difficult to apply an exact date. However, the presence of decoration on this object can aid in…
Created on: Thursday 11th April 2019
Last updated: Friday 3rd May 2019
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Record ID: WMID-F1C7FE
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: County of Herefordshire
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A complete lead spindle whorl dating to the Early Medieval period (c. AD 500-800). The spindle whorl is broadly circular in plan, with a central, circular perforation. The bottom face of the object is flat, while the upper face is domed. The object has a rough grey surface with a slight white patina. Plain lead weights and spindle whorls were in use from the Roman period to the present day, therefore without any contextual information it is difficult to apply an exact date. However, the shape of this object can be called as Walton Rogers Form A1, with one flat face, thus allowing the …
Created on: Thursday 11th April 2019
Last updated: Friday 3rd May 2019
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Record ID: WMID-3A4DAA
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Shropshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A lead spindle whorl dating to the Post-Medieval period (AD 1500-1600). Cast biconical whorl with a central moulded aperture of diameter 7.63mm. Moulded relief decoration on one side comprises faint lines forming rhomboid compartments. The other side bears similar faint decoration. A flat circumferential rim appears where the two halves meet. Patinated overall. Foreman (2018) has suggested the mass was intended to ply cord. He also suggests that deep nicks on one side, extending from the edge, might be tying notches. Diameter: 25.40mm, Thickness: 14.72mm, Weight: 41gms. Similar to NL…
Created on: Thursday 21st March 2019
Last updated: Friday 14th June 2019
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Record ID: WMID-3A47E4
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Shropshire
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A lead spindle whorl dating to the Post-Medieval period (AD 1500-1600). Cast biconvex whorl with a central moulded aperture of diameter 7.52mm. Both sides bear faint traces of moulded radial decoration. Patinated. One side is chipped. The rim is smooth. Diameter: 30.21mm, Thickness: 9.52mm, Weight: 40gms Similar to NLM-C9301C
Created on: Thursday 21st March 2019
Last updated: Friday 14th June 2019
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Record ID: WMID-3A3D34
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Shropshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A lead spindle whorl dating from the Post-Medieval period (AD 1500 - 1600). Cast biconvex whorl with a central moulded aperture of diameter 11.06mm. Each side bears moulded decoration. One side has a slightly wandering circumferential rib at about the middle, and a series of 8 radial lines which pass from the rim of the central hole across the medial lines and joining an outer rim where the two halves meet. The other side has a geometric pattern of rhomboid shapes. The edge is damaged on one side. Forman (2018) suggests a primary use plying cord. Diameter: 30.31mm, Thickness: 9.03mm, …
Created on: Thursday 21st March 2019
Last updated: Friday 14th June 2019
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Record ID: WMID-FCDA98
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Staffordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete lead bi-conical spindle whorl dating to the Medieval to Post Medieval period (c. AD 1200 - 1600). The spindle whorl is circular in plan and sub-triangular in cross-section, with sides that slope to a point at the perimeter, and a central, circular perforation. One face is decorated with a pattern of raised dots joined by lines. The other face may have been decorated with raised lines radiating from the central perforation but this face is too worn to fully make out. The object is well worn with a mid-grey patina. Lead spindle whorls are difficult to date without archaeologi…
Created on: Friday 22nd February 2019
Last updated: Thursday 14th March 2019
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Record ID: WMID-891743
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Worcestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete lead possible spindle whorl of unknown exact date (c. AD 43-1800). The object is roughly circular in plan and D-shaped in cross-section with an off-centre moulded aperture of diameter 6.23mm. The hole is partly burred over on one side. The object has a greyish-white patina. The overall dimensions are as follows: 21.92mm in diameter, 11.09mm in thickness and 30.86g in weight.
Created on: Wednesday 23rd January 2019
Last updated: Friday 8th February 2019
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Record ID: WMID-3262CC
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Shropshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete lead spindle whorl of unknown exact date (c. AD 43-1700). The object is roughly conical in shape with a flat base and a circular perforation truncating the centre of the object. The whorl is plain and undecorated with a white patina. Plain lead spindle whorls were in use from the Roman period to the present day, therefore without any contextual information it is difficult to apply an exact date. A large number of this type of spindle whorl have been recorded on the PAS database dated from the Roman to Post Medieval periods. Such examples include: DENO-D0AED4; WMID-32510A; a…
Created on: Friday 26th October 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 7th November 2018
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Record ID: WMID-32510A
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Shropshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete lead spindle whorl of unknown exact date (c. AD 43-1700). The object is roughly conical in shape with a flat base and a circular perforation truncating the centre of the object. The whorl is plain and undecorated with a white patina. Plain lead spindle whorls were in use from the Roman period to the present day, therefore without any contextual information it is difficult to apply an exact date. A large number of this type of spindle whorl have been recorded on the PAS database dated from the Roman to Post Medieval periods. Such examples include: DENO-D0AED4; GLO-238B69; an…
Created on: Friday 26th October 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 7th November 2018
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Record ID: WMID-42E1EA
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Cheshire East
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete lead spindle whorl dating to the Medieval period (c. AD 1100-1450). The weight is biconical and roughly circular in plan, with the possible remains of a casting sprue on one side. The object has a central perforation and the remains of raised linear decoration on both faces .The whorl is thinner on one side than the other possibly owing to wear or owing to a fault in its manufacture. It has an even, light grey patina. Similar spindle whorls with casting sprues recorded on the PAS database include: WMID-43A82A; WMID-B2083A; and CPAT-E02713. Spindle whorls, as an artefact …
Created on: Wednesday 15th August 2018
Last updated: Thursday 23rd August 2018
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Record ID: WMID-AD4221
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Shropshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete lead spindle whorl dating to the Medieval period (c. AD 1100-1500). The object is circular in plan and roughly D-shaped in cross section. One face has been decorated with a series of eight raised pellets arranged around the central perforation. The reverse is flat and undecorated. The object has a greyish-white patina. Similar objects recorded on the PAS database include: LEIC-2A2AAB and DENO-768D34. The overall dimensions are as follows: 28.98mm in diameter, 9.95mm in thickness and 31.88g in weight.
Created on: Wednesday 8th August 2018
Last updated: Thursday 9th August 2018
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Record ID: WMID-211F34
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Staffordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast lead, or lead alloy, spindle whorl of Medieval to early Post Medieval date (AD 1100 - 1500). In plan the spindle whorl is circular. There is a circular perforation which is 10.36mm diameter which is located in the centre of the whorl. The object is biconical and both sides are decorated with a design of radiating raised ribs and pellets. The surfaces of the spindle whorl are a light cream in colour. The object surfaces have been worn and slightly abraded. Spindle whorls are used for a long period of time and decorated examples are thought to date to the medieval to post-medieva…
Created on: Friday 19th January 2018
Last updated: Friday 2nd February 2018
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Record ID: WMID-210D22
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Staffordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast lead, or lead alloy, spindle whorl of Medieval to early Post Medieval date (AD1100 - 1500). In plan the spindle whorl is circular. There is a circular perforation which is 9.77mm diameter which is located in the centre of the whorl. The object is biconical and both sides are decorated; one side has a design of raised zig-zag ribs and the other is decorated with large pellets. The outer edge has a raised lip, as do the edges of the central perforation. The surfaces of the spindle whorl are a light cream in colour. The object surfaces have been worn and slightly abraded. Spindle …
Created on: Friday 19th January 2018
Last updated: Friday 2nd February 2018
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Record ID: WMID-8601C4
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Staffordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete lead or lead alloy Spindle Whorl of the Roman to Post Medieval period, dating from circa AD 43 - AD 1650. The whorl is of the flat disc type, it is broadly circular in shape and the front of the whorl is slightly convex making it appear D shaped in cross section. The central hole is circular in shape and has been cast slightly off centre, it has a internal diameter of 9.1 mm.No decoration is present on the object. The whorl measures 30.2 mm in diameter and is 6.1 mm thick. It weighs 29.6 g. The whorl is a light grey to almost white in colour and has an uneven patin…
Created on: Tuesday 1st November 2016
Last updated: Thursday 3rd November 2016
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Record ID: WMID-443647
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Staffordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast lead spindle whorl of probable medieval date. The spindle whorl is circular in plan and biconical in profile with a central ridge running around its circumference. It measures 26.44 mm in diameter, 14.16 mm thick and weighs 37 grams. It has a central perforation which measures 8.91 mm in diameter. The whorl is decorated on both faces with a design of moulded circular pellets. The style of decoration may be indicative of a medieval date, although it must be noted that dating of spindle whorls is often problematic when found outside of a secure archaeological context as their fun…
Created on: Tuesday 10th April 2012
Last updated: Wednesday 23rd November 2016
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Record ID: WMID-3F9755
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Staffordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A circular lead weight, probably a plain spindle whorl of uncertain date. It measures 24.54 mm in diameter. The weight is flat on the top and bottom and has a circular hole in the centre, measuring approximately 10.2 mm in diameter. It measures 12.06 mm thick. It weighs 43.1 grams. It has a pale cream coloured patina. Find was not photographed.
Created on: Tuesday 10th April 2012
Last updated: Wednesday 23rd November 2016
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