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Victorian 15ct Gold Stafford Knot Tie Pin set with a Diamond

735N
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An unusual 15ct gold tie pin featuring a Stafford Knot. It has a diamond in the centre. The upside down knot design is known as a “Stafford knot”. The knot was the badge of the Stafford family. One legend of its origin is that three convicted criminals who had committed a crime together were due to be executed in Stafford gaol. There was an argument over who should be hanged first but the hangman solved the problem by devising this knot and hanging the three simultaneously. However, the knot can be seen on a carved Anglo-Saxon cross in a churchyard in Stoke-upon-Trent, and also on a 7th-century Anglo-Saxon object from the Staffordshire hoard. This strongly suggests it pre-dates the Norman and medieval period, being probably either a heraldic symbol of early Mercia or a Celtic Christian symbol brought to Staffordshire by missionary monks from Lindisfarne. All our tie pins come with a stopper at the end of the pin.

Written by Olly Gerrish

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Date & Origin

Condition

Very Good

Provenance

English

Materials

Gold Diamond

Hallmarks

15c (for 15ct gold)

Measurements

Top height 6mm
Width 1cm
Diamond 4 points
Length of pin 5.7cm

Item Number

735N
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