SWYOR-2AD57B: Post Medieval cuff link

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Unique ID: SWYOR-2AD57B

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

One disc of a post-medieval copper alloy cuff link dating from AD 1662 - 1700. It is flat and circular with the remains of an integral attachment loop on the reverse. The face is decorated with a pair of clasped hands above two hearts, surmounted by a crown, on a stippled field of tiny, raised dots, all within a raised border and flat outside edge. There is a stepped flange round the edge. It is 15.6mm in diameter and 1.9mm thick. It weighs 1.45g.

Cufflinks and buttons with this design are considered to have originally been produced to commemorate the marriage of Charles II to Catherine of Braganza (AD 1662), but continued to be used as a general symbol of love and/or marriage and were fashionable in the second half of the 17th century (Lewis, M, Data Sheet 46, 'Crown and Heart' Buttons and Cufflinks', Finds Research Group AD 700-1700).

Other cufflinks of this type are recorded on the database: compare for example references NMS-4164E5 and WAW-9D77D1.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early
Date from: Circa AD 1660
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 1.9 mm
Weight: 1.45 g
Diameter: 15.6 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 1st June 2018 - Saturday 30th June 2018

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: PAS Form No 003229

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

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

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SE4371
Four figure Latitude: 54.13305571
Four figure longitude: -1.34341755
1:25K map: SE4371
1:10K map: SE47SW
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Lewis, M. 2013 'Crown and Heart' Buttons and Cufflinks Datasheet 46 London The Finds Research Group AD 700-1700

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SWYOR
Created: 3 years ago
Updated: 3 years ago

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