SOM-62F31B: Post medieval cufflink

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Unique ID: SOM-62F31B

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Treasure case 2017 T883: Disclaimed, returned to finder

Description: A post-medieval silver button, probably one element from a cuff link. The button is circular in plan, flat with a downturned edge and flat rim. The disc has been stamped with a design of two hearts surmounted by a single crown on top of a stippled background. A silver wire loop is soldered onto the reverse, and a short length of silver wire, probably part the loop that joint both elements of the cuff link, was found in association with the button.

Dimensions: The cufflink is 14.5mm in diameter and 4.7mm thick; it weighs 0.72g. The wire is 15.2mm in length and weighs 0.11g.

Discussion: Cufflinks were first introduced in the latter half of the 17th century, and those depicting crowned hearts are conventionally assumed to commemorate the marriage of Charles II and Catherine of Braganza in 1662, but that they took on more general royalist and Catholic meaning, going out of fashion during the early 18th century (Lewis 2013: 3-5). This example fits into Lewis' (ibid) group A.

The cuff link appears to consist of over 10% precious metal and be over 300 years old at the time of finding and as such qualifies as potential Treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act 1996.

Wil Partridge

Finds Liaison Officer for Devon and Somerset

October 2017

Subsequent actions

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

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2017T883


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1650
Date to: Circa AD 1714

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 0.83 g
Diameter: 14.3 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 30th September 2017 - Saturday 30th September 2017

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Ms Laura Burnett
Identified by: Mr Wil Partridge

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2017T883

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Somerset (County)
District: South Somerset (District)
To be known as: Seavington St Michael CP

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SOM
Created: About one year ago
Updated: 11 months ago

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