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A scarce and excellent, Anglo Saxon carved and polished Bone Spindle Whorl,Thetford, Norfolk. SOLD
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c.8th-9th Century A.D. A good sized and excellent Anglo Saxon carved and polished Bone Spindle Whorl (used for spinning yarn), found Thetford, Norfolk. Skilfully fashioned from the head of a large cattle femur leg bone with a flat underside and a smooth domed upper with a large centrally bored hole for insertion of a long wooden shaft, to which natural woollen fibres would have been attached and the whole assembly then spun to form yarn for weaving. A small old knock to one lower edge, not detracting, otherwise excellent, intact and stable with good surfaces and ageing. A good sized and appealing example, scarce, 44mm diameter x 22mm high.