A lead spindle-whorl found near Heather, Leicestershire. (c) Portable Antiquities Scheme, CC BY-SA 2.0
Lead Spindle-Whorl (PUBLIC-23FB38)
A lead spindle-whorl found near Heather, Leicestershire
This lead spindle-whorl is undecorated, with a thick white patina and some patchy brown staining. 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.