By foot (and hand!)
Silver cufflinks with enamelled greyhounds, around 1900
The Greyhound is an English sighthound breed that has been attested for centuries. Presumably, the Celts already brought the ancestors of the Greyhound with them when they immigrated to the British Isles in the fourth century BC. In the 16th century, they were then improved by the cross-breeding of Spanish sighthounds and originally served for hunting. Finally, in the early 20th century, the Greyhound came to the United States and was bred for speed for the wildly popular dog races. In their current form, Greyhounds can reach top speeds of up to 80 mph. No wonder the famous long-distance buses of the USA were named after this breed. The present British cufflinks present profile images of this noble dog on like oval shaped fronts. Painted in a detailed manner in fine enamel, the artist has managed to capture the alert character of the animals, all of which display different colour strokes. The background shows a fine guilloche shimmering decoratively through the tranzlucid enamel. Made of silver in the turn-of-the-century years, the buttons are connected by short chains, making them stylish companions even some 100 years after their creation. Are you also smart, agile and quick? Then these cufflinks are just the right jewellery for your 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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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.