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French Art Nouveau Almond-Form Silver Cufflinks with Floral Relief Decoration (LEO Design)


What's old sometimes becomes new again.  Here, a pair of French Art Nouveau silver cufflinks from just before World War One.  Within almond-shaped "fields" bloom tiny gardens of flowers—life prevailing despite strict confinement.  Alas, the Great War would change everything, including the aesthetics à la mode.  Once the War was over, and life returned to normal, the world was ready for something different, something which augured a hopeful & progressive future.  Art Deco stood in the wings, ready to take center stage.

The almond-like slivers pass easily through a buttonhole and provide an elegant, delicate closure to the shirt cuff. Click on the photo above to learn more about them.


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