Mod Links - IX


American Modernist Sterling Silver Cufflinks with Scrolling Botanical Etching (LEO Design)


This week we've been sharing a selection of Modernist cufflinks, recently added to our on-line collection. Please click here to see our full range of cufflinks—from Victorian to Modernist.

Let's end our procession of Modernist cufflinks with these understated—but interesting—sterling silver accessories.  They were made shortly after World War Two by Simmons, a jeweler in Attleboro, Massachusetts.  Simmons was founded in 1873—in the middle of the Victorian Era—and, thus, was well-aware of that earlier design period.  Although the size, shape and functional mounting of the cufflinks is clearly Modernist, the scrolling botanical engraving is a tip-of-the-hat to Simmons's Victorian roots.  But the engraving is not a "direct lift" of Nineteenth Century foliate engraving.  Instead it is adapted, loosened-up and enlarged, making it a clearly-Modernist embellishment.

The more one knows, recognizes and understands the aesthetic movements of different times and places, the more one is able to appreciate the artistic "cross-pollination" that occurs—in all art and design—over time.

Please click on the photo above to learn more about this stately pair of sterling silver 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 (

We also can be found in Pittsburgh's historic "Strip District" at Mahla & Co. Antiques ( or in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania at The Antique Center of Strabane (

Or call to arrange to visit our Pittsburgh showroom (by private appointment only).  917-446-4248