Methods of manufacture

These are the main manufacturing methods for objects. Please use in the description field. A full list can be found in Controlled Vocabulary (black tab on the left hand side of the screen).

  • Blown: Glass shaped by blowing air into it, either freely or into a mould The glass tends to be curved and smooth.  
  • Cast: Molten metal poured into a mould Casting sprues (from where the metal was poured in the mould) may be visible. Cast items can be complex shapes.  
  • Hand made: Made by hand, no tools Usually see thumb/finger prints. Surface is often uneven.
  • Knapped: Usually stone tools, object has been repeatedly struck to create a desired shape Look for rippling, a bulb of percussion, or retouch at the edges.
  • Moulded: Shaping pliable raw materials using a pattern Usually tiles, seals, figurines or pipes are moulded. Can see the join where the moulded pieces have been fitted together.  
  • Milled: Coins produced by machine Presence of a reeded edge.
  • Struck or hammered: Object has been made using a die and a hammer Coins are usually struck/ hammered.
  • Wheel made: Object made on a wheel. Usually vessels of a Roman, Medieval or Post Medieval date Vessel is often smooth and has fairly uniform walls. Can often see throwing rings on the inside