IOW-4C5457: Post-Medieval: Cufflink. Treasure case no. 2018 T709

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A complete but damaged post-Medieval sheet silver disc/cuff link element (1662-c. 1700). Lewis form 1, type D. Treasure case no. 2018 T709.

This cuff link element is circular in plan and the edge is down-turned (bevelled) at an angle of about 10°. The edge is bent in three places. The rear face is concave and has a central soldered wire attachment loop. The upper surface depicts clasped hands with sleeves showing, surmounted by a crown with two small flaming hearts below below the hands. The background is stippled.

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

15.0 (length); 14.6mm (width); 4.1mm (height including attachment loop); 1.1mm (diameter of wire loop). Weight: 0.97g.

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.

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).

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


The find contains a minimum of 10% silver and predates 1718. It thus qualifies as Treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act 1996 in terms of precious metal content and age.

Reported to Coroner: 19/10/2018.

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Treasure process
Subsequent action after recording: Submitted for consideration as Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2018T709


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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 15 mm
Width: 14.6 mm
Thickness: 4.1 mm
Weight: 0.97 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 12th September 2018 - Wednesday 12th September 2018

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: IOW2018-7-262
Treasure case number: 2018T709

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: SZ4283
Four figure Latitude: 50.64517967
Four figure longitude: -1.40734647
1:25K map: SZ4283
1:10K map: SZ43SW
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: Club rally
Current location: Treasure process
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

References cited

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