Arrow Head Cuff link (Jeffery Wallis Collection)



Introduction: Jeffery Wallis studied three-dimensional design at High Wycombe College of Technology and Art, taking a Diploma in Art and Design in silversmithing and obtaining a first class honours pass in 1974.

In 1975 he gained the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths Littledale Award. While at college a childhood passion for archaeology matured and through joining local archaeological societies this interest was stimulated. Directing excavations and publishing his own site reports, combined with the skills of silversmithing led Jeffery to produce a range of replica prehistoric jewellery based on excavations in the Thames Valley. Jeffery uses traditional hand craft methods and tries to follow similar methods to those employed by Greek goldsmiths of prehistory to make original pieces for his master patterns. Jeffery has previously assisted Time Team, making replica jewellery for the programme.

This barb and tang type arrowhead is a replica of an original made from a chalk flint flake, found near the site of a Neolithic settlement and Bronze Age barrow cemetery at Abingdon, Oxfordshire. It dates to around 2,000 BC. The tang of the arrow would have been pushed into a slit in the end of an arrow shaft and then fixed with adhesive produced from pine resin and wax, then bound tightly with fine gut cord. Presented in beautiful blue/ gold embossed Time Team gift box.