Floral Ornament

Rose gold cufflinks with engravings, Birmingham 1925

These cufflinks from the reign of King George V are made of gold and feature motifs familiar to us from the designs of William Morris and the Arts and Crafts movement: Engraved by hand, we see plant forms intertwined of leaf and flower work. The incident light plays on the golden surfaces, delighting with ever-changing reflections. The pair consists of two identical oval shapes held together by chains. The faces are designed in the same way, which creates a harmonious overall picture. The nature and plant motifs are not surprising on an English pair of cufflinks, as no other nation has excelled in horticulture as much as the English in recent centuries. Especially since Victorian times, a well-tended garden with plants that were as exotic as possible was part of the figurehead of every English country house. The handcrafted cufflinks combine this claim with the fine wardrobe for which the British are famous to this day and take us back to a time when the conversation about flora and fauna was influenced by the findings of a Charles Darwin. The gold stamps locate the pair in the English city of Birmingham, where they were made in 1925 in the workshop of G.H Johnstone & Co. The pair is undamaged, ready to wear and still today a beautiful, flowery eye-catcher on the shirt!

As early as the 16th century, the forerunners of today's shirts were created, whose sleeves could be tied together with a silk ribbon. Although silk cuff bands remained popular until the 19th century, from the time of Louis XIV sleeve endings were increasingly closed with boutons de manchette, or cufflinks, typically pairs of colored glass buttons connected by a short chain. During the 18th century, these glass buttons were replaced by elaborately painted pieces or pairs set with precious stones. At this time, cufflinks were widespread as distinct luxury items, mainly in aristocratic circles. In the first half of the 20th century, cufflinks also peaked in popularity among the middle classes, and in the last 10 years, cufflinks have experienced a noticeable upswing, as many fashion designers are once again paying more attention to accessories, and thus, fortunately, more shirts with cuffs are being sewn again. Nowadays, cufflinks are one of the few pieces of jewellery that can adorn men. Why don't you make a fashion statement on your sleeves - a dignified pair of cufflinks made of noble material is so much more stylish than plain shirt buttons made of plastic!

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We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.

If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.