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Bobbin

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From Newstead, Roxburghshire

Postcard of Bobbin.
000-100-037-292-C
© National Museums Scotland

Bobbin

This wooden bobbin was found at the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. Thread was wound on it, for use then in sewing or weaving, sometime between 80 and 100 AD.

The wood has shrunk as the bobbin dried out after its discovery.

Clothes were needed by soldiers in the Roman camps, and some were clearly supplied locally. From the fort at Newstead spindles and spindle whorls for spinning wool into thread, bobbins to wrap the thread around and weaving combs have all been found.


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Online ID: 000-100-037-292-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 1132
Date: Between 80 and 100 AD
Material: Wood
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Who: Newstead Collection
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
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Description: Wooden bobbin from Newstead
References:
  • Curle, J. A Roman frontier post and its people: the fort of Newstead. Glasgow: MacLehose, 1911, p 311. 
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