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The Medieval Period (1100AD - 1499AD)

Life In The Middle Ages

Lead spindle whorl

Description:

Spindle whorls were used as weights on a hand-held distaff or spinning stick. They are amongst the most common Medieval finds. The majority of whorls were made from stone or recycled pot but some, like the example shown here, are cast lead. Metal whorls may have continued in use into the post-Medieval period.

 

Lead spindle whorl, slightly domed, prominant ridges radiate from the central hole on both sides.

Materials/Media:
lead
Dimensions:
L 30mm, W 10mm
Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
SQRTM:1999.5.2
Digital Number:
SQAC012n
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council