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Unique ID: DUR-CB775D

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

Description: A silver cufflink comprising two discs with downturned edges that terminate in an out-turned lip. The face is decorated in counter-relief with a design of a heart surmounted with a flame, with two oblique arrows in saltire behind it. To either side of the flame the background within the raised circular border is stippled. The two parts of the cufflink are joined by an ovoid wire link attached to a loop soldered to the reverse. The cufflink is in generally good condition: the heart design on both discs cufflink has a number of fine scratches, and the bottom edge of one disc is slightly bent. The ovoid link between the discs shows signs of wear at the points of contact to the soldered wire loops, indicating the cufflink was much used prior to loss.

Discussion: The use of cufflinks became popular in the latter half of the 17th century following changes to shirt styles. Several examples with this form and decoration have identified, and have been designated by Lewis (2013) as: Form 1, Type B.

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

Date: AD c.1650-1700

Dimensions: Each disc of the cufflink is 13.85mm in diameter and 0.62mm thick. The overall length of the cufflink and link is 28.59mm. The ovoid link measures 13.94mm long and 5.64mm wide; the silver wire used in the link is 1.29mm in diameter. The cufflink weighs 1.77g.

The age and precious metal content of this item therefore qualify it as treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act 1996.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Submitted for consideration as Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2017T25


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Middle
Date from: Circa AD 1650
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 28.59 mm
Thickness: 0.62 mm
Weight: 1.77 g
Diameter: 13.85 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 20th November 2016

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr Benjamin Westwood
Identified by: Mr Benjamin Westwood

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2017T25

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: North Yorkshire (County)
District: Hambleton (District)
Parish or ward: Birdforth (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SE5275
Four figure Latitude: 54.16817233
Four figure longitude: -1.20500549
1:25K map: SE5275
1:10K map: SE57NW
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: found whilst metal detecting
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: DUR
Created: 2 years ago
Updated: About one year ago

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