SWYOR-2A4ACD: Post Medieval silver cufflink

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Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Two stamped silver cuff link discs, probably from one sent of cufflinks, found about 6 feet away from each other.

Each disc is from one end of a cuff link. They are both circular in plan with a down-turned edge forming the side ending in an out-turned lip. On the face is a raised design of a heart with a flame rising from the top and two oblique arrows in saltire behind it (Lewis Form 1, Type B). The flames are rendered as three forked licks of flame, forming an oval shape above the centre of each heart. The exact design of the flames seems to vary on different cufflinks previously recorded.

The raised design is surrounded by a stippled background within a raised circular border. The loops on the backs of the discs are circular and are formed of circular sectioned drawn silver wire. The details of the reverse are obscured by soil. Part of the oval joining silver wire link survives threaded through the loop on one disc.

The disc with the attached loop (discovered by finder one) is 12.85mm diameter, 3.9mm thick, 0.78g. Part of the edge of the disc is missing. The other disc (discovered by finder two) is 12.9mm diameter, 5.3mm thick and 0.81g. It is almost complete.

The cuff link would have been used with a matching pair to attach two edges of the cuff of a sleeve to each other by slotting the discs through holes in the fabric and using an elongated silver link that would have connected the two attachment loops together.

Cufflinks and buttons with this design of the flaming heart pierced by two arrows are considered to have originally been produced to commemorate the marriage of Charles II to Catherine of Braganza in 1662, but continued to be used as a general symbol of love and marriage until the end of the century.

Many similar cuff links have been recorded on to the Portable Antiquities Scheme database as Treasure, for example, CORN-8DB5A9 (2014 T511) and SUSS-611300 (2012 T411).

Ref: Lewis, M (2013) 'Data Sheet 46, 'Crown and Heart' Buttons and Cufflinks', Finds Research Group AD700-1700


Consequently, in terms of age and as the object contains a minimum of 10% precious metal it qualifies as Treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act 1996.

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Scarborough Museum
Subsequent action after recording: Acquired by museum after being declared Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2014T712


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1662
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 2

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 28th September 2014

Rally details.

This object was found at YS Rally at "Burniston", (Harwood Dale) 26-28/09/2014

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Amy Downes
Identified by: Ms Amy Downes

Other reference numbers

Other reference: PAS form number 2377
Treasure case number: 2014T712

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: North Yorkshire (County)
District: Scarborough (District)
Parish or ward: Harwood Dale (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SE9695
Four figure Latitude: 54.34152699
Four figure longitude: -0.52484161
1:25K map: SE9695
1:10K map: SE99NE
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: Scarborough Museum
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SWYOR
Created: 4 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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