YORYM-F1B4A2: Post-Medieval : Cuff Link

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Unique ID: YORYM-F1B4A2

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

TREASURE CASE : 2016 T493.

An incomplete silver cufflink of Post-Medieval date - circa AD 1650 - 1710. All that remains of the cufflink is one circular disc with down turned edges and a rectangular attachment loop to the centre of the reverse. The front face of the disc bears raised decoration consisting of clasped hands with a pair of flaming hearts, set side-by-side, below. The forearms of the hands are also present angling upwards from the right and left-hand sides of the button, respectively, each emerging from a cuff. A stippled field surrounds this design.


Diameter: 12.4mm; Thickness: 4.6mm (with loop); Weight: 0.6g.


Silver cufflinks and buttons bearing clasped hands, crowns and hearts, in various combinations, are frequently reported under the Treasure Act. The designs 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. Similar devices are however also found on medieval pilgrim ampulla and seal matrices.

This particular design is as Lewis's Type D (2013: 6) and is paralleled by 2011 T636 (IOW-F1FB17) from Brighstone, Isle of Wight and 2015 T141 (BH-74F159) from Padworth, West Berkshire. Lewis suggests that such cufflinks were popular from the second half of the 17th century, when Continental forms of shirt became popular (ibid. 1).


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.


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

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder after being disclaimed as Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2016T493


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1650
Date to: Circa AD 1710

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 4.6 mm
Weight: 0.6 g
Diameter: 12.4 mm

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mrs Rebecca Griffiths
Identified by: Mrs Rebecca Griffiths

Other reference numbers

Other reference: YMT : E04905
Treasure case number: 2016T493

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: York (Unitary Authority)
District: York (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Copmanthorpe (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SE5547
Four figure Latitude: 53.91623488
Four figure longitude: -1.16412211
1:25K map: SE5547
1:10K map: SE54NE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: YORYM
Created: 2 years ago
Updated: 8 months ago

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