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Lead whizzer. 1.25” diameter - from 18CV91. Shown on right is a whizzer recovered in Boston marked with name of Thomas Althorp. Courtesy of the City of Boston Archaeology Program.Lead whizzer. 1.25” diameter - from 18CV91. Shown on right is a whizzer recovered in Boston marked with name of Thomas Althorp. Courtesy of the City of Boston Archaeology Program.

Lead whizzer. 1.25” diameter - from 18CV91. Shown on right is a whizzer recovered in Boston marked with name of Thomas Althorp. Courtesy of the City of Boston Archaeology Program.

Whizzer recovered in Boston marked with name of Thomas
Althorp. Courtesy of the City of Boston Archaeology Program.

 

 

Site: 18CV91 Smith St. Leonard

Context: Richard Smith Plantation

Site Date Range: c. 1711-1754

Materials: Lead

Dimensions: 1.25” diameter

Description: Lead whizzer

History: Lead whizzer are a toy that has been around for a very long time. Two strings were run through the holes and then spun until tight. Then the user would pull on the tightly wound string causing the metal disk to spin, creating a whizzing noise. The size and angle of the serrations affected the sound of the whirring (Forsyth 2005:387).