Art Deco Gilt Cufflinks
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Gorgeous antique gilt concave chain cufflinks marked for the maker John Atkins & Sons from Birmingham. These elegant cufflinks were produced in the 1920's.
Before the introduction of the cufflink, shirt cuffs were fastened with ribbon or string, but in the last few years of Louis XIV’s rule, the fashionable men of Europe began to use pairs of buttons joined by a small chain to fasten their sleeves. These buttons were often painted with miniatures of either loved ones or notable figures. In the 1840s, cufflinks took a form that we would recognise today – gold, silver, or pearl buttons held together by a brass chain. Women also wore cufflinks as very few shirts were made with buttons attached. In the 1920s the advent of the sport shirt was developed and the return of the unstarched cuff meant that cufflinks were no longer necessary. Despite this, cufflinks remained popular with men, with manufacturers producing cufflinks for men of all social classes during the years of the Great Depression and World War II.
The cufflink face measures 2cm x 1cm.
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This unique piece of jewellery may have signs of wear due to it's history. It is beautifully imperfect and should be treated with love and care.