A lead spindle-whorl found near Humberston, Lincolnshire. (c) Portable Antiquities Scheme, CC BY-SA 2.0
Lead Spindle-Whorl (NLM-1E7FD8)
A lead spindle whorl found near Humberston, Lincolnshire
This cast lead spindle-whorl is classed as a Walton Rogers A1 type and, due to its mass, it was likely used for spinning yarn. 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.