Gift of love - found 700 years later

Karl Driske found a silver brooch believed to be nearly 700 years old

Karl Driske found a silver brooch believed to be nearly 700 years old

A CARDENDEN treasure hunter has struck silver after unearthing a heart-shaped brooch almost 700 years old.

Karl Driske discovered the artefact - thought to have been a romantic gift - while he was out with his metal detector near Kirkcaldy around eight months ago.

Experts believe the brooch dates back to around 1350.

The local gardener won’t reveal the location but told The Press the historic item was found on farmland.

He said: “It had been ploughed up and I knew as soon as I saw it that it was something special. Luckily it hadn’t been damaged.


‘‘It was heart-shaped with a floral design and it had an inscription on the back of it which looked as if it was in medieval French.

“I managed to get permission from the farmer and have come to an agreement with the landowner that any monetary value would be split 50-50. The National Museum in Edinburgh is keeping it in its treasure trove collection along with the other finds I have made.”

As well as the brooch, the 59-year-old has found coins, musket balls, buttons and a 14th century engagament ring.

It’s thought the item will be claimed by Fife Council’s museums department.

On show

Gavin Grant, collections development team leader with Fife Council’s museums service, said: “It has been awarded to us, and we hope to display it at some time when we re-open.

“We are really delighted it’s been awarded to us. We get a lot of metal detector findings - and this is quite an unusual one.

‘‘It’s a heart shaped brooch from around 1350 and it has a religious inscription on it. It was obviously a piece that would have been personal to the owner. We get a lot of 19th and 20th century objects from the Kirkcaldy area, but not so much from earlier periods. This one is from the medieval period, which is great.”

He added: “We’re trying to build our collection from that period and it will be nice to show recent finds when we re-open the museum.”




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