Iron heckle, or wool comb tooth
Medieval, probably 13th or 14th century
Found during excavations by the Winchester Excavations Committee in the Brooks area of Winchester in the late 1960s
Teeth like these were mounted into a wooden haft and used for disentangling wool and flax fibres before spinning in late Saxon and medieval times. More information about this object can be found in Professor Martin Biddle's (1990) book, Winchester Studies 7.ii, Object and Economy in Medieval Winchester, catalogue number 61.