New one on me!!! Mystery artefact!

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Afternoon All,
Had a very nice sunny trip down to neighbouring Dorset for a pre lockdown sally: Just uploaded a video:



... where i found this.
I have no idea but like I say in the movie(!) if it were flat I'd have thought it a large lead token as thats exactly what it looks like if you could see it as a flat disc... raised pellets between spaced, lined, segments converging in the centre... but its conical and lead ( lead alloy).
Found in pasture and was deep... its about 3cm wide; is it a decorated weight? There is nothing on the flat side.

Anyhow, any knowledge much appreciated!!
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Looks like half a spindle whorl. Got no idea how they were made but makes sense to join two half’s together. Easier to drill a hole in one half at a time as well.
Unusual find for sure.
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Can`t help with the ID.
Just watched the video, liked the ending sequence detecting away into the distance.
Cheers, :thumbsup:
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Ladybird66 wrote: Fri Nov 06, 2020 3:28 pm Looks like half a spindle whorl. Got no idea how they were made but makes sense to join two half’s together. Easier to drill a hole in one half at a time as well.
Unusual find for sure.
Thats exactly what it looks like!
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Dave The Slave wrote: Fri Nov 06, 2020 3:30 pm Can`t help with the ID.
Just watched the video, liked the ending sequence detecting away into the distance.
Cheers, :thumbsup:
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Ha! Thanks Dave much appreciated... I'm trying to put a slightly different spin on the "detecting" genre....!
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Might be a gaming piece, similar to the one below

https://finds.org.uk/database/artefacts ... id/1013614


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Steve_JT wrote: Fri Nov 06, 2020 5:29 pm Might be a gaming piece, similar to the one below

https://finds.org.uk/database/artefacts ... id/1013614


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Thanks Steve, yes, could be... hope so!
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I’d say it’s a button with the loop broken off a very long time ago :Thinking:

Or it could be a gaming piece :D
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A nice curio. :thumbsup:
Central on the back is there possible evidence of a once wire loop? :Thinking:
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Easylife wrote: Fri Nov 06, 2020 11:28 pm A nice curio. :thumbsup:
Central on the back is there possible evidence of a once wire loop? :Thinking:
nothing wiry or ferrous obvious though I have mislaid my wee magnet so not 99.9999999% sure.....!
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Interesting.....A lot of effort has gone into creating that, especially in the context of a lead item. It does have strong echoes of the design on some of the fancier spindle whorls. However I do not think there is much chance that it is half a spindle whorl as it would be cast differently. Also i think the size and therefore the likely weight rules out any likelihood that it is a button minus loop.
Incidently, how much does it weigh? Gaming piece seems a good suggestion....a counter etc.
A nice thing....and it reminds me of something I have seen before but i can't quite recall.....
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Littleboot wrote: Sat Nov 07, 2020 4:43 pm Interesting.....A lot of effort has gone into creating that, especially in the context of a lead item. It does have strong echoes of the design on some of the fancier spindle whorls. However I do not think there is much chance that it is half a spindle whorl as it would be cast differently. Also i think the size and therefore the likely weight rules out any likelihood that it is a button minus loop.
Incidently, how much does it weigh? Gaming piece seems a good suggestion....a counter etc.
A nice thing....and it reminds me of something I have seen before but i can't quite recall.....
My exact thoughts too! :thumbsup:
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