Weights

Weights dimensions

All types of weights go under ‘weight’ unless it is definitely a spindle whorl or coin weight.
All weights need to be carefully weighed.

Spindle whorls are generally made of lead, and can be biconical, flat circular or domed circular in shape. The shape of the perforation needs to be described as well. They can be decorated with various patterns. They are very difficult to date, most are probably Medieval.

Fishing weights are generally lead, and date to the Medieval or Post Medieval period. They can be long and flattish, with a perforation at one end. Again describe the shape, the perforation and any decoration.

Coin weights are generally made of copper alloy, and can be a number of shapes. They were made for a specific ruler and coin, which will be identified on the obverse and reverse. Trade weights can be lead or copper alloy, and again usually have inscriptions on the reverse and obverse for the ruler and what it weighed originally.

Example Description

An complete cast lead Medieval spindle whorl. It is biconical in shape, with a circular perforation in the centre. There is no decoration. The spindle whorl is quite worn. It is 25mm in diameter, and 8mm thick. The perforation is 7mm in diameter. It weighs 25g. Similar objects can be seen on the database FAKL-C78984

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