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Forever Watchful: Antique Enamel Cufflinks

SOLD Item 11039

Victorian era cufflinks demonstrate the artisanship of the decorative metal workers of the time. Octagonal plaques of 18k yellow gold sport an enamel image across a matte brush gold surface. Gold bullet toggles connect to the plaques with gold chain links.

Elements reminiscent of armorial bearings of a family coat of arms have been carefully rendered in rich colors of black, red and white enamel. Standing proud and erect with wings close to its body, a black enamel Cornish crow or raven grasps a spring of an olive branch with green enamel leaves. Blazoned across its black enameled breast is a heraldic cross of white enamel. The crow rests upon a red and white enamel perch. Heraldically, the image represents an individual who is ever watchful over his family and friends insuring that affection and peace surrounds them evermore.

Condition: Very good with some restoration to the seam of the bullet toggles with very minor dimpling to that area. Light wear to the surfaces.

Hallmarks: “18” for 18k gold; crown for Great Britain; maker’s mark of “D&F”.

Measurements: Just shy of 5/8 of an inch (1.5 cm) in both length and width. The pair has a weight of 7.9 grams. The bullet toggle measures 1 inch (2.5 cm) in length.

Date & Origin: Circa 1900 and is English in origin.