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

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Record ID: WMID-00821D
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Shropshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete stone flat or discoidal spindle whorl, of probably the Roman to Post Medieval period dating from c. AD 43 - c. AD 1650. The spindle whorl is broadly triangular in plan and rectangular in cross section. The central hole is circular in shape and has been drilled slightly off central, from both sides. The internal diameter of the hole measures 8.5 mm wide. Both the upper and lower faces are flat. There are scratch marks on the surface of both sides of the object, it is difficult to see whether these form intentional decoration on the object or represents post depositional d…
Created on: Thursday 2nd June 2016
Last updated: Thursday 30th June 2016
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Record ID: WMID-CA394C
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Warwickshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An incomplete stone flat or discoidal spindle whorl, of Roman to Post Medieval dating (AD 43 - AD 1650). Around 50% of the spindle whorl is present.The spindle whorl is semi-circular, and rectangular in cross section. The central hole is sub circular in shape and has been drilled slightly off central, from both sides. The internal diameter of the hole measures 5.6 mm wide. Both the upper and lower faces are flat. No traces of decoration are present on either the upper or lower faces. The whorl has a diameter of 55.1 mm, with a width of 29.8 mm and is 14.1 mm thick. It weighs 36.…
Created on: Tuesday 24th February 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 23rd September 2015
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Record ID: WMID-6DD008
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Warwickshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A stone sub-circular spindle whorl (a weight used on a spindle for spinning fibres in textile manufacture) constructed from a smooth dark grey stone. The spindle whorl is not perfectly circular and the central drilled hole is not in the very centre. The spindle whorl measures 33.54 mm in diameter and 15.32 mm thick. Its central hole is 10.1 mm in diameter. It weighs 27.4 grams. Dating spindle whorls is notoriously difficult in the absence of other chronological indicators. This example may date from as early as the Roman period (perhaps even earlier), although it is possibly later.
Created on: Wednesday 20th July 2011
Last updated: Wednesday 20th July 2011
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Record ID: WMID-A85404
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Warwickshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A spindle whorl made of a rusty coloured fine grained sandstone. It is discoid in shape, with one face damaged resulting in the loss of the original surface on that side. It weighs 52.1 grams, with a diameter of 42.76mm. The central perforation is 9.93mm wide. It is 23.00mm thick. Crummy (1983 Colchester Archaeological Report 2: The Roman Small Finds from Excavations in Colchester 1971-9, Colchester Archaeological Trust p. 67) defines a spindle whorl as having a central perforation which has a minimum 5mm diameter, the diameter and thickness is even, the sides are smooth, and…
Created on: Tuesday 16th February 2010
Last updated: Tuesday 24th February 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Brailes', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WMID-69EA05
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Gwynedd
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete and probable stone spindle whorl, probably dating from the Roman-Medieval period, between AD 43 – 1540 (diameter: 45mm; thickness: 7mm; weight: 12.38g). A flat, circular probable spindle whorl with a slightly off-centre drilled hole (outside diameter: 9mm; inner diameter: 5mm), where the probable wooden spindle would have originally been placed. There is no decoration on either side of the artefact. The probable spindle whorl is in a slightly worn but fair condition.
Created on: Wednesday 7th June 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: WMID4642
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dudley
Workflow stage: Published Find published
The spindle whorl is slightly biconical in cross section, but appears at first glance to be conical, except the base is tapered slightly in profile. The surface of the base is slightly concave. In the centre is a vertical circular hole which is 8.49mm diametre. The whorl is circular in plan with a smooth surface, except for two cracks/indentations. The whorl is made of a fine grained, laminated silty mudstone.
Created on: Thursday 25th April 2002
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: WMID4354
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Staffordshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
The spindle whorl is circular in plan with a central hole. The central hole is 9.22mm diameter. The faces of the whorl are flat and undecorated. The corners are slightly rounded. The spindle whorl is made of a dense, fine-grained stone, which is a light beige colour with a red hue. However the red colour is likely to be influenced by the colour of the soil.
Created on: Thursday 7th February 2002
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: WMID2191
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Worcestershire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
The item is made from a stone which is either limestone or very similar. The stone has a grainy, easily worn texture. The colour of the stone is a dark brown/orange colour. The item is a flat circular disc with a central hole which has vertical sides and is 7.55mm diam. The two faces of the disc are parallel, however there are small indentations, particularly on one surface. It is difficult to determine whether these occurred in antiquity or recently. The edges of the item are rounded.
Created on: Tuesday 13th June 2000
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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