I buy a lot of cufflinks while traveling in England and Scotland. Victorian, Edwardian, Art Deco and Modernism—my acquisitions span several periods and movements, from about 1870 to about 1970. The period which most catches my eye, it seems, is the Art Deco period of the 1920's and 1930's, that "Golden Age" of cufflink-making between the wars. But I also like early Modernist designs, too, especially if they seem to have evolved out of the Art Deco movement which preceded it.
I search for cufflinks "with my eyes first," meaning, it is the appearance, design and visual aesthetic of the links which first pique my interest. Of course, material, condition, and theme also plays some role. But, if the cufflinks don't look good—first and foremost—I seldom even pick them up.
This pair of cufflinks, hallmarked sterling silver (Birmingham, England, 1959), seems to bear a logo which I have not been able to identify. Some species of sea bird seems to hover within (what looks like) a tote bag (or is it a capital D?). The quality of the material, the design and the craftsmanship indicate a high quality product. This leads me to believe that the logo owner must have cared enough (and could afford) to pay for a fancy commission. And the elongate octagonal shape, softly pebbled, is compelling (and bears that mysterious little bird-in-a-bag). Quite handsome, indeed. Please click on the photo above to learn more about this interesting pair of cufflinks.
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