DENO-62DA68: Post Medieval Cuff Link

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CUFF LINK

Unique ID: DENO-62DA68

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation

Treasure Number: 2015 T534

Description: An incomplete silver post-medieval cuff link (AD c.1662-1714; Lewis 2013 Form 1) consisting of one of the end elements which is damaged and missing a fragment from its edge. On the front of the element is a raised design of a pair of hearts with an arched and jewelled crown above (Lewis 2013 Type A). The raised design is surrounded by a stippled background within a raised circular line border. Corresponding recessed areas on the back suggest the design was stamped. The loop on the back is formed of circular sectioned drawn wire soldered onto the disc at each end. There is no visible maker's mark.

Dimensions:

Diameter: 14.6 mm

Thickness: 5.2 mm

Weight: 0.61 g

Discussion: This motif, commonly found on 17th-century cuff-links and buttons, may have celebrated the marriage of Charles II and Catherine of Braganza in AD 1662 and probably continued in use for some time afterwards as a popular symbol for marriage. Lewis (2013:4-5) suggests the design has royalist or catholic connotations and that such pieces went out of use around 1714. Many similar items have been reported through the Treasure process. For recent similar examples see treasure case 2014 T820 (IOW-DECE75) and 2014 T163 (CORN-E03FA2). Additionally an example can be found in the Treasure Annual Report: 2005 T252 (TAR 2005/6 p.138, ref. 612).

Conclusion: This object constitutes potential Treasure under the Treasure Act 1996 as it is made of more than 10% precious metal and is over 300 years old.

Reference: Lewis, M., 2013 'Crown and Heart' Buttons and Cufflinks, Datasheet 46

Alastair Willis, Finds Liaison Officer for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire

Notes:

As this object is made of more than 10% precious metal and is over 300 years old, it constitutes potential Treasure under the Treasure Act 1996.

Class: Lewis Form 1
Sub class: Type A

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: National Civil War Centre - Newark Museum
Subsequent action after recording: Acquired by a museum after being disclaimed as Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2015T534

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1662
Date to: Circa AD 1714

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 5.2 mm
Weight: 0.61 g
Diameter: 14.6 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 1st January 2012 - Friday 17th July 2015

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr Alastair Willis
Identified by: Mr Alastair Willis

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Derby E8100
Treasure case number: 2015T534

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Nottinghamshire (County)
District: Newark and Sherwood (District)
Parish or ward: Kelham (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SK7755
Four figure Latitude: 53.08667361
Four figure longitude: -0.85179773
1:25K map: SK7755
1:10K map: SK75NE
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Gardening
Current location: National Civil War Centre - Newark Museum
General landuse: Other
Specific landuse: Garden

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: DENO
Created: 3 years ago
Updated: 22 days ago

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