Love token treaure trove find unearthed

posted 15 Mar 2011, 14:32 by Paul Brayford
From Pontefract and Castleford Express Saturday 12 March 2011

A 400-YEAR-OLD love token unearthed in a field in Allerton Bywater has been declared treasure trove.

Wakefield Coroner’s Court head how the “unusual” piece was discovered on agriculturual land by an anonymous metal detecting enthusiast last March.

In a statement to the court, coroner’s officer Neville Oughtibridge described the piece as a 17th century gold matrix, engraved with a bleeding heart pierced with an arrow and inscribed with the words ‘Thy Virtue Merits More’.

He said the item, which would have been used to seal letters with wax, was presented to Amy Downes, South and West Yorkshire finds liaison officer with the Portable Antiquities Scheme, who described the piece in her report as an “amatory gift”.