IOW-AC6FD2: Post-Medieval Cufflink Element. Treasure case no. 2015 T180

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CUFF LINK

Unique ID: IOW-AC6FD2

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A complete post-Medieval sheet silver disc/cuff link element (c. 1662-c. 1700). Lewis form 1, type C. Treasure case no. 2015 T180.

This cuff link element is circular in plan and the edge is down-turned (bevelled) at an angle of about 45° and bent in two places. The rear face is concave and has a central soldered wire attachment loop. The upper surface has been stamped from behind to form the design of clasped hands with sleeves showing, surmounted by a crown with two small hearts below. There is a pellet above each heart. The background is stippled (Lewis form 1, type C).

The surfaces are silvery grey overall and it is slightly worn at the front.

16.4mm (diameter); 2.6mm (height); 5.0mm (height including attachment loop). Weight: 0.72g.

Cufflinks and buttons with this design are considered to have originally been produced to commemorate the marriage of Charles II to Catherine of Braganza (1662), but continued to be used as a general symbol of love and/or marriage.

Similar items can be found on the PAS database: SF-0AC288 (2014 T824), WAW-26575A (2014 T627) and SOM-CE0B8B (2014 T409).

Lewis, M (2013) 'Data Sheet 46, 'Crown and Heart' Buttons and Cufflinks', Finds Research Group AD 700-1700.

Notes:

The find contains a minimum of 10% silver and predates 1711. It thus qualifies as Treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act 1996 in terms of precious metal content and age.

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Returned to finder, 11/6/2015
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder after being disclaimed as Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2015T180

Chronology

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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 5 mm
Diameter: 16.4 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 4th March 2015

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr Frank Basford
Identified by: Mr Frank Basford

Other reference numbers

Other reference: IOW2015-1-91
Treasure case number: 2015T180

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
District: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Brighstone (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SZ3983
Four figure Latitude: 50.64538762
Four figure longitude: -1.44977397
1:25K map: SZ3983
1:10K map: SZ33SE
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Cub rally
Current location: Returned to finder, 11/6/2015
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: IOW
Created: 4 years ago
Updated: 6 months ago

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