Victorian Novelty Cufflinks with Enameled Bassets, circa 1890
The Basset is said to have been described in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and is said to be descended from an ancient French breed, the Basset d'Artois. Its systematic breeding began in the 19th century and, thanks to its good nature, strength and intelligence, it quickly became the fashionable dog of the British Empire: in 1866, the first pack was formed and the dogs would henceforth accompany the societies of the English aristocracy on their hunting rides. The present cufflinks present two specimens of this particularly handsome dog in a detailed manner in fine enamel painting. The manufacturer has convincingly succeeded in capturing the character of the animals and we see two dog portraits in different coat colours. The otherwise simple design of the cufflinks in oval silver shapes, connected with short chains, make the buttons stylish companions even some 120 years after their creation. Are they also intelligent, powerful and good-natured? 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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