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    • Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
    • Primary material: Lead Alloy
    • Institution: SWYOR

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Record ID: SWYOR-231D48
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Barnsley
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An incomplete and very worn lead alloy spindle whorl probably dating from the late Early Medieval period or the Medieval period, about AD 850 - AD 1500. It is not possible to assign it to a Walton Rogers type. With its current damage and wear, it is roughly pentagonal with a large circular central hole of 8.3mm diameter. It is fairly flat in cross-section, with rounded edges. There is no decoration on the spindle whorl. The diameter of the spindle whorl is 18.8mm, the thickness is 3.8mm, and the weight is 5.9g.
Created on: Tuesday 25th June 2019
Last updated: Thursday 25th July 2019
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Record ID: SWYOR-9056B7
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Barnsley
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A cast lead alloy Early Medieval to Medieval spindle whorl, of Walton Rogers type B1, dating from about AD 900 - 1200, and possibly earlier or later. It is of rectangular section, with flat upper and lower surfaces and slightly angled sides. There is a central perforation which is a rounded square in shape, of internal diameter 9mm. There is no decoration. There is some slight damage in the form of a groove across one face. The whorl has a light grey patina. It is 27.1mm in diameter and 9.8mm thick. It weighs 43.2g. See Walton Rogers, 2007, Cloth and Clothing in Early Anglo-Saxon Engla…
Created on: Monday 24th September 2018
Last updated: Sunday 14th October 2018
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Record ID: SWYOR-9051CD
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Barnsley
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A cast lead alloy Early Medieval to Medieval spindle whorl, of Walton Rogers type B1, dating from about AD 900 - 1200, and possibly earlier or later. It is circular and of rectangular section, with flat upper and lower surfaces and straight sides. There is a central perforation which is circular, of internal diameter 7.1mm. There is no decoration. The whorl has a white patina. It is 28mm in diameter and 4.8mm thick. It weighs 20.5g. See Walton Rogers, 2007, Cloth and Clothing in Early Anglo-Saxon England, page 25.
Created on: Monday 24th September 2018
Last updated: Sunday 14th October 2018
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Record ID: SWYOR-9F7A41
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
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A cast lead alloy spindle whorl, of Walton Rogers type C2, dating from AD 1100 - 1600. It is biconvex and has a wide median band. There are faint traces of decoration, probably raised dots. The whorl has a light grey patina. It is 27.3mm in diameter and 12.5mm thick, with a central, circular perforation of internal diameter 10.4mm. It weighs 43.66gm. Walton Rogers (in the Flixborough volume and York Fasicules) suggests that biconical whorls date from AD 1100 onwards and cites Ivens et al (1995) that those with dots are Post Medieval.
Created on: Monday 2nd July 2018
Last updated: Sunday 2nd September 2018
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Record ID: SWYOR-D699F8
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Lancashire
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A lead alloy discoidal spindle whorl of probable Roman date, about AD 43 - 410. It fits into Walton Rogers Class B1. It is a flat disc of rectangular cross section (Glenda Type A cited in Alberti 2017). The central aperture is 5.7mm diameter. The edge of the whorl has been distorted in one place. The whorl is 28.9mm diameter, 6.5mm thick and 35.86g. It has a yellow grey patina.
Created on: Monday 5th March 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 4th April 2018
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Record ID: SWYOR-A9FB9B
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Nottinghamshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A lead alloy spindle whorl (probably) dating from the Roman or Early Medieval period probably, about AD 43 - 1000. It is of Walton Rogers Form A1, having a D shaped cross section, and being plano-convex, however, it is oval rather than circular and of uneven thickness, casting doubt on its function as a spindle whorl. The central aperture is 3-4mm diameter. The small diameter of the central hole is thought to indicate an early date. The whorl is 18mm long, 15mm wide and 7.8mm thick. 8.07g. If not a whorl, it could be a perforated weight.
Created on: Monday 19th February 2018
Last updated: Friday 10th May 2019
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Record ID: SWYOR-470439
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A lead spindle whorl of Walton-Rogers form C dating from the Medieval period, about AD 1100 - 1600. It is bi-convex with a median band, and one face is more shallowly curved than the other. The faces do not appear to be decorated, but are very worn. The internal aperture is circular and is 7.7mm in diameter. The whorl is 25.2mm diameter, 11.2mm thick, 37.0g.
Created on: Thursday 9th November 2017
Last updated: Monday 4th March 2019
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Record ID: SWYOR-D8D54F
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A lead spindle whorl, probably of Medieval date, AD 1200 - 1600. It is bi-convex, with a broad median ridge and a central perforation of internal diameter 10.6mm, It has a deep depression or cavity in the inner wall of the perforation. The faces do not appear to be decorated, but could just be very worn. The whorl has a pale grey patina. It is 30.8mm diameter, 10.3mm thick and 46.84g. This shape of whorl (biconvex) are normally decorated. The Finds Recording Guide (Geake, 2001, unpublished, page 64) notes that decorated whorls are very difficult to date having been found in Medieva…
Created on: Monday 5th September 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 7th September 2016
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Record ID: SWYOR-E3BCB7
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A lead alloy Medieval spindle whorl dating from about AD 1200 - 1600. It is biconvex with a thickened medial rib and a circular central aperture of 10.6mm diameter. Both faces are decorated with raised radial lines and groups of two or three pellets in each section defined by the lines. The whorl has a light grey patnia. It is 29.7mm diameter, 10mm thick and 27.9g. There is a deep, recent groove across one face.
Created on: Thursday 7th January 2016
Last updated: Thursday 7th January 2016
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Record ID: SWYOR-E3ACFA
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A lead alloy Medieval spindle whorl dating from about AD 1200 - 1600. It is biconvex with a thickened medial rib and a circular central aperture of 9.1mm diameter. Both faces are decorated with raised pellets and lines, but the detail is very worn. The whorl has a light grey patnia. It is 27.2mm diameter, 10.2mm thick and 29.78g. There is a chip in the edge.
Created on: Thursday 7th January 2016
Last updated: Thursday 7th January 2016
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Record ID: SWYOR-A0A5DC
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Doncaster
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast lead alloy spindle whorl of uncertain date, probably Iron Age to Post Medieval, about 200 BC - 1600, but maybe is most likely to be Medieval. The whorl is disc shaped; circular with straight sides and has a circular central aperture of 9.1mm diameter. One face is decorated with five raised moulded lines which cross each other to form a pentagon round the central hole. The other face is somewhat hollow and may have been decoated with radial raised lines, but these are now very faint. There is a gouge in the edge of this face, probably recent damage. The whorl is 27mm diame…
Created on: Wednesday 4th November 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 4th November 2015
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Record ID: SWYOR-57B72A
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A lead alloy spindle whorl, of Coppergate type A1, dating from the Early Medieval period, AD 500 - 1000. The whorl has one flat face and one domed face. It is 28.2mm in diameter and 12.6mm thick. The central perforation is 9.7mm in diameter. It weighs 57.44gm. There is no decoration. See Page 25 of Walton Rogers (2007) Cloth and Clothing in Early Anglo-Saxon England. The lead has a grainy cream coloured patina.
Created on: Tuesday 1st September 2015
Last updated: Tuesday 1st September 2015
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Record ID: SWYOR-B889FE
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast lead alloy spindle whorl, of possible Early Medieval date, from AD 500 to AD 1000. It is plano-convex in shape and has a sub-circular, central perforation with a diameter of 6.4mm. It is undecorated. The whorl has a flaky grey patina. It is 22.9mm in diameter and 12mm thick. It weighs 29.99gm but has some chips. This shape can be classified as Coppergate type A1 which was used from the 6th century onwards. The size of the central perforation is also consistent with an Early Medieval date (Walton Rogers, page 24), but these features may also have continued into later periods.
Created on: Monday 24th August 2015
Last updated: Tuesday 25th August 2015
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Record ID: SWYOR-2FC098
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Nottinghamshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast lead alloy spindle whorl probably dating from the Medieval or early post-Medieval period, AD 1200 - 1600. It is biconvex with a broad median ridge and a central circular perforation of 10.2mm diameter. There is a small cavity in the inner wall of the perforation. Both sides are decorated, the decoration being somewhat abraded and dfficult to distinguish. One side has oblique, radiating lines, creating trapezoidal panels; the other also has lines but these appear to be random, both radial and horizontal with no discenible pattern. The whorl has a patchy, dark grey patina. It is …
Created on: Tuesday 18th August 2015
Last updated: Tuesday 25th August 2015
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Record ID: SWYOR-20D1F4
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Wakefield
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A lead alloy probable spindle whorl of uncertain date, about AD 500 - 1500. It fits into Coppergate type A1 which are used from the 6th century onwards (Walton Rogers, 2007). It is a plano-convex disc with a large, tapering, and not very central hole of 7.7mm diameter on the convex face and 10.5mm on the other face. The sides are uneven, perhaps damaged. The whorl is 22.1mm diameter, 6.3mm thick and 11.39g. It has a white patina surviving places, but is mostly mid grey.
Created on: Wednesday 5th August 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 5th August 2015
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Record ID: SWYOR-0CFABD
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast lead alloy spindle whorl probably dating from the Medieval period, AD 1200 - 1600. It is biconvex with a central circular perforation of 8.5mm diameter. One side is decorated with six oblique radiating lines, creating six trapezoidal panels with two to six pellets in each panel. The design on the other side is somewhat abraded but the visible portion suggests that it is identical. The whorl has a light grey patina. It is 27.3mm in diameter and 12.7mm thick. It weighs 38.56gm.
Created on: Tuesday 4th August 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 12th August 2015
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Record ID: SWYOR-FC05D3
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A lead alloy Medieval spindle whorl dating from about AD 1200 - 1600. It is biconvex with a circular central aperture of 11mm diameter with a cavity in the internal side wall. At least one face is decorated with raised pellets and lines, but the detail is very worn. The whorl has a light grey patnia. It is 30mm diameter, 11.5mm thick and 50.6g.
Created on: Wednesday 22nd July 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 22nd July 2015
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Record ID: SWYOR-FBE6D7
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A lead alloy Medieval spindle whorl dating from about AD 1200 - 1600. It is biconvex a prominant median ridge, and a circular central aperture of 10.4mm diameter with a cavity in the internal side wall. Both faces are decorated with raised pellets and lines, but the detail is very worn. The whorl has a cream coloured patnia. It is 28.9mm diameter, 10.9mm thick and 38.55g.
Created on: Wednesday 22nd July 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 22nd July 2015
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Record ID: SWYOR-FBCCED
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A lead alloy Medieval spindle whorl dating from about AD 1200 - 1600. It is biconvex with a circular central aperture of 9.3mm diameter ith two cavities in the internal side wall. One face is decorated with five oblique radiating lines with two, three or four raised pellets in each space. There are also some shorter and fainter raised lines in the larger spaces. The opposite face has a similar design, but the radiating ribs are less oblique. The whorl has a cream coloured patnia. It is 26.2mm diameter, 10mm thick and weighs 34.52g.
Created on: Wednesday 22nd July 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 22nd July 2015
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Record ID: SWYOR-E22A28
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast lead alloy spindle whorl, of Coppergate type A1, of unknown date, AD 500 - 1500. It is plano-onvex with one flat face and one domed face. There is a central, circular perforation of diameter 6.6mm. There is no decoration. The whorl has a cream coloured patina. It is 21.9mm in diameter and 7.3mm high. It weighs 15.52gm. Compare whorls illustrated in Walton Rogers, 2007, Cloth and Clothing in Early Anglo-Saxon England, page 25, figure 2.18. The size of the central hole could suggest that an early to middle Early Medieval date is more likely, but this is not a reliable dating f…
Created on: Tuesday 21st July 2015
Last updated: Monday 27th July 2015
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