Successful businesses adapted to the change in England's economic circumstances. One such company was the respected jeweler Charles Horner, founded in the 1860's in Halifax, West Yorkshire. Horner made quality jewelry, culminating in his enameled sterling silver Art Nouveau brooches, necklaces and hatpins (just before and just after the Turn-of-the-Century). Horner also made decorative thimbles, using his patented "laminated" metals: silver sandwiched with steel. They were beautiful, functional and durable.
But when the tough times came, Charles Horner (now under the management of his two sons) created a durable, low-maintenance material which they called "Stay-Brite." It had the appearance of a precious metal but could be produced at a fraction of the price. During the lean years in England, men could still look smart with Horner's Stay-Brite cufflinks. Maintaining them was easy, which was especially important since most men lost their valets (if they ever had one to begin with). Click on the photo above to learn more about these handsome cufflinks.
Though our Greenwich Village store is now permanently closed, LEO Design is still alive and well! Please visit our on-line store where we continue to sell Handsome Gifts (www.LEOdesignNYC.com).
We also can be found in Pittsburgh's historic "Strip District" at Mahla & Co. Antiques (www.mahlaantiques.com) or in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania at The Antique Center of Strabane (www.antiquecenterofstrabane.com).
Or call to arrange to visit our Pittsburgh showroom (by private appointment only). 917-446-4248