Riker Brothers Enamel & Gold Cufflinks
Not too many people are aware that Newark, New Jersey was a major hub for the manufacture of jewelry from the later 1800s until about 1950. One of those leading companies, the Riker Brothers has an early history that dates back to 1846. Their pieces are quite sought after and remain highly collectible today.
This example from the mid 1920s displays both the fine enameling and attention to detail for which the company is noted. Designed with an eye for the understated and subtle, this pair of double-sided round Art Deco cufflinks sports a central plaque of 14k rose gold with an incised diamond geometric pattern (almost harlequin in design) edged with a incised scalloped bezel and a distinctive outer surround of pure white enamel.
Measurements: Each cufflink has a diameter of 9/16 of an inch (1.3 cm) and a depth of 1/16 of an inch (0.1 cm). This pair of cufflinks has a weight of 6.4 grams (4.0 dwt).
Hallmarks: Mark for Riker Bros of a scimitar and the letter “R” and 14k.
Date & Origin: Circa 1925 and is American in origin.
Overall Scale: Small