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I found a couple of what I think are Lead styli or styluses on Saturday, one of them has a fairly thin straight point, the other is much narrower at the tip and a bit odd looking. I realise that lead items can be tricky to date, but I wondered if anyone might have a rough idea on either of these? :thumbsup:

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This one looks a bit unusual.

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Not sure if this applies to everyone, but I generally find the thinner ones on Roman sites and the thicker ones on Medieval sites :thumbsup:
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the-roman wrote: Tue Aug 18, 2020 7:59 am Not sure if this applies to everyone, but I generally find the thinner ones on Roman sites and the thicker ones on Medieval sites :thumbsup:
That's good to know. Thanks for the tip.
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I have something similar in lead but with a much shorter taper..I did wonder about it being a stylus, but did not expect such a thing to be made from lead?
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Pete E wrote: Tue Aug 18, 2020 9:09 am I have something similar in lead but with a much shorter taper..I did wonder about it being a stylus, but did not expect such a thing to be made from lead?

Don't forget they could have been writing on wax or using them to mark out.

Some interesting info here.

https://finds.org.uk/counties/findsreco ... -prickers/
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TheFenTiger wrote: Tue Aug 18, 2020 1:13 pm
Don't forget they could have been writing on wax or using them to mark out.

Some interesting info here.

https://finds.org.uk/counties/findsreco ... -prickers/
Using the PAS link does anyone else think either a writing lead or possibly a lead pencil ?
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Dave The Slave wrote: Tue Aug 18, 2020 3:37 pm Using the PAS link does anyone else think either a writing lead or possibly a lead pencil ?
Cheers, :thumbsup:
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Let's put it this way, I ve taken it out of the scrap box! :P

Being serious I am now definitely leaning towards it being a lead pencil for mine..From reading the various links on PAS, I would say it's a later one.

With regards Andy's, probably the same but they look earlier to me????
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Yes they would appear to be lead pencils, doesn't sound as nice does it? :D I just have a feeling that the thinner one may be older, but who am I to say.

I'd put it on Twitter too, although I didn't really get anything back. I've just added Helen Geake's username into my reply, but I might not hear anything.

Earlier in the year I took a tiny lead item to my FLO, I thought it may have either been a miniature stylus/pencil with a suspension hole at one end, or possibly it may have been some sort of simple pendant. My FLO didn't really seem to be that interested in it and it came home with me.

I left with the feeling that perhaps the lead items aren't really their top priority when it comes to reporting finds?
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Top item is probably a stylus, found a similar one I self recorded, from my research anything from Roman to medieval depending on which side of the bed the FLO got out!

Here’s mine
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TerraEnglandia wrote: Tue Aug 18, 2020 4:09 pm Earlier in the year I took a tiny lead item to my FLO, I thought it may have either been a miniature stylus/pencil with a suspension hole at one end, or possibly it may have been some sort of simple pendant. My FLO didn't really seem to be that interested in it and it came home with me.

I left with the feeling that perhaps the lead items aren't really their top priority when it comes to reporting finds?
I know what you mean...in the past I have had a similar reaction re lead spindle whorls where they didnt want to record an item unless it was at least a little bit out of the ordinary ie patterned or some other unusual feature...

I suppose at the end of the day, any FLO is a finite resource so they have to pick and choose what's best to record...
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Here are a few I have always put down to being a stylus or pencil.

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Steve_JT wrote: Tue Aug 18, 2020 4:42 pm Top item is probably a stylus, found a similar one I self recorded, from my research anything from Roman to medieval depending on which side of the bed the FLO got out!

Here’s mine

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Yours has a useful pointed tip doesn't it, the 1st one of mine has a tip like a screwdriver which seems a little odd?
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Yours may be used, worn and discarded, or lost before repointing perhaps?
Has the look of a stylus

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Thanks Steve. The 2nd item does look as though it's been crudely sharpened. :thumbsup:
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TerraEnglandia wrote: Tue Aug 18, 2020 4:09 pm I left with the feeling that perhaps the lead items aren't really their top priority when it comes to reporting finds?
Just a quick update...Yesterday, I emailed my FLO the pic I posted above, and she responded earlier today saying she is passing it to a colleague for their opinion.

If they think it's a lead pencil of the appropriate age, she will be interested in recording it...
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