These cufflinks have been hand made in the Scottish Highlands from upcycled Ballachulish slate and sturdy brass fittings. They feature Timothy Hackworth’s innovative and beautiful plug wheel which has been laser engraved on to the slate.
The cufflinks measure 20-22mm in diameter (the nature of slate means that there can be a tiny variation in size between one pair and another).
Each product designed and inspired by the works of Timothy Hackworth is packaged with a little card of authenticity confirming that the product has been approved by the Great Great Grandaughter of Timothy Hackworth – Jane Hackworth-Young.
Timothy Hackworth designed this type of wheel which went on to be used on the Royal George (1827) and on nearly every other engine on the Stockton & Darlington Railway and other railways for many years. It was cast iron with wrought iron tyres shrunk on. Hackworth was the first to apply the wrought iron tyre to a wheel. The wheels were made up in parts as there were no lathes in the Shildon workshops where Hackworth worked, large enough to turn up the rims when fixed upon the axle. The centre part or ‘boss’ was machined true, and the outer rim trued by the centre and made tight by wooden plugs and iron wedges. They were dotted with curious plug holes (hence the name plug wheel) to ensure sound castings and reduce unnecessary weight, and in practice were found extremely efficient. (Source Timothy Hackworth and the Locomotive by Robert Young 1923).