Reproduction Drop Spindle

A reproduction of the Saltfleetby drop spindle with its runic inscription

A reproduction of a lead alloy spindle whorl with a runic inscription, modelled on a find from Saltfleetby St Clement, Lincolnshire.  Fibres were spun into thread using a drop-spindle of which the whorls were made of bone, ceramic, lead, or stone and acted as flywheels during spinning.

Object Type

Spindle whorl


circa 1000 — 1200

Ascribed Culture





Viking Objects

Current Location

Private Ownership


Danelaw, Heimdall, Lincolnshire, Norse_mythology, Odin, Portable_Antiquities_Scheme, reproduction, runes, runic_inscription, textile_production, Viking, women

Further information

You can see the original at Private Ownership.

This object is related to Saltfleetby St Clement, Lincolnshire.
Find out about Saltfleetby St Clement, Lincolnshire.


Made by Adam Parsons of Blueaxe Reproductions


Portable Antiquities Scheme

Hines, John. 2017. ‘A glimpse of the heathen Norse in Lincolnshire.’ In Crossing Boundaries. Interdisciplinary approaches to the art, material culture, language and literature of the early medieval world, ed. Eric Cambridge and Jane Hawkes, 118-26. Oxford: Oxbow.

Jesch, Judith. 2018-19, ‘Further thoughts on E18 Saltfleetby.’ Futhark: International Journal of Runic Studies 9-10 (2018-19), 201-13.