NLM-4AA165: Post-Medieval possible Cuff Link

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Unique ID: NLM-4AA165

Object type certainty: Probably
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Copper alloy and silver possible cuff link. A pair of copper alloy discs, of diameter 22.8mm and thickness 2.6mm [the front]; and 16.1mm and thickness 0.4mm [the back], the two being linked by a round section shank of diameter 3mm. The larger disc has a silver sheet metal front with a rounded plain edge bearing concentric bands of stamped and/or manually incised decoration. The outermost order is a continuous series of triangles. Next is a narrow plain band, and this encloses a field of groups of straight hand-drawn incised lines, each group at right angles to its neighbour. Next are the eight arches of a tressure, with groups of about five finely incised radial lines across each of its cusps. Their alignment is shared by similar shorter lines which occupy spaces between the 'points' of an eight-pointed star-shaped central boss which itself bears incised radial lines forming another centrally placed eight-pointed star with its rays situated between those of the boss, and with further angled slashes between these rays. On the back of the larger disc is a spring-loaded mechanism which remains in working order, whereby two opposed U-shaped lugs may be pressed together, but spring apart when pressure is relieved thanks to a tiny eight-coiled spring. The spring and the lugs are retained by a flat plate through which the shank linking larger disc to smaller passes. The spring is set on one side of the shank, though hidden parts of the mechanism permit it to respond to pressure exerted from either side or both. The smaller, back, disc is entirely plain, though the die stamped end of the shank appears set into its centre, where a radial arrangement of lines appears at its border. The decorative work on the front resembles feature of some early post-medieval classes of artefact [e.g 'iconographic' finger rings]. The mechanism, however, and the probably die stamped plates which retain it, point to a later date. The interest of the object largely resides in its combination of decorative features of earlier style with a mechanism likely to have been made in an industrial or quasi-industrial setting. Suggested date: Post-Medieval, 1700-1750

Diameter: 22.9mm, Thickness (overall): 10.8mm, Weight: 6.41gms

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1700
Date to: Circa AD 1750

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 10.8 mm
Weight: 6.41 g
Diameter: 22.9 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 19th September 2018

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Martin Foreman
Identified by: Mr Martin Foreman

Other reference numbers

Other reference: NLM40488

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Silver
Completeness: Complete
Surface Treatment: Incised or engraved or chased

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lincolnshire (County)
District: East Lindsey (District)
To be known as: Marshchapel

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
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: NLM
Created: 4 months ago
Updated: 4 months ago

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