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bone / horn spindle whorl. Viking. Uppland.

Object from the exhibition We call them Vikings produced by The Swedish History Museum

MEDIEVAL BRITAIN DECORATED SPINDLE WHORL 13th-14th CENTURY. 30mm diameter, lead, found near York.

MEDIEVAL BRITAIN. DECORATED SPINDLE WHORL. 13th/14th CENTURY NICE CONDITION

MEDIEVAL BRITAIN DECORATED SPINDLE WHORL 13th-14th CENTURY. 30mm diameter, lead, found near York.

clay spindle whorl. early iron age. Østfold, Norway. (Kulturhistorisk museum)

clay spindle whorl. early iron age. Østfold, Norway. (Kulturhistorisk museum)

Spindle whorls (from Birka, Sweden?) Link is about Norse clothes and how they were made (and doesn't say the whorls are from Birka)

Spindle whorls Previous pinner says: (from Birka, Sweden?) Link is about Norse clothes and how they were made (and doesn't say the whorls are from Birka)

Spindle whorle with circular ornaments.  Bone/antler.  Björkö, Adelsö, Uppland, Sweden.  SHM 5208:1819

bone or antler spindle whorl with circular decorations (Historiska museet, Sweden) Spindle whorle with circular ornaments.

Roman spindle whorls from approximately 200 a.d. They are made of stone, bone, or glass and are all about 3/4 of an inch in diameter or smaller.

We know about spindling, and we know people have spun from time out of mind. Although we find the occasional depiction in art, we don't often get to glimpse the actual tools that those fiberworkers used. This Persian stone relief.

Carolingian needle and spindle rods from Dorestad, bone, Leiden

needle and spindle rods from Dorestad, bone, Carolingian, Leiden (Those look like pin beaters to me, not spindle rods.

medieval spindle whorl. Hedmark, Norway (Kulturhistorisk museum)

medieval spindle whorl. Hedmark, Norway (Kulturhistorisk museum)

N 582. "Helga owns this spindle whorl." This spindle-whorl is at display at the Historical Museum in Oslo

VIKING Runic inscription: "Helga owns this spindle whorl." Historical Museum in Oslo

Runic inscription: Nikulás loves so much the woman called Gýríðr, the stepdaughter of Pitas-Ragna.’ Decorated wooden wheel (spindle whorl) from Oslo. 1100s/1200s?

Runic inscription: Nikulás loves so much the woman called Gýríðr, the stepdaughter of Pitas-Ragna.’ Decorated wooden wheel (spindle whorl) from Oslo, Norway

Bone spindle whorl. Object: whorl (diameter: 3.6 cm)  Dating: early medieval (about 6/7 th century AD). Germany

Object: whorl (diameter: cm) Dating: early medieval (about th century AD).