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Krementz Native American cufflinks. (J9180)

The Song

A Native American sings a song of joy or lament,  perhaps it is both.  The influence of the Art Nouveau style on cufflinks made in America around 1900 can be seen the flowing strands of the subject's hair.  These beautifully sculpted cufflinks were created by Krementz & Co. in 14kt gold,  circa 1900.

The backs of the cufflinks repeat, on a smaller scale, the richly detailed image of the Native American seen on the front.  During the Victorian era the backs of cufflinks were often left unadorned or merely engraved with the wearer's initials.  This left the backs looking somewhat plain and unfinished.

For a brief period around 1900 Krementz & Co. introduced a small collection of cufflinks with decorated backs.  The backs repeated the design of the fronts or were decorated with a similar theme.  Known as "Krementz doubles" these cufflinks testify to the firm's innovative spirit and desire to create cufflinks that were beautiful and engaging from every direction.

Krementz Native American cufflinks. (J9180)

The maker's attention to detail is seen on the inside of the cufflinks.  Here, sturdy curved bridges securely attach the fronts and backs with Krementz's distinctive "crow foot" braces connecting the tops.  The bridges are stamped with the Krementz maker's mark (a stylized collar button) and "14K" for the purity of the gold.

Close up of maker's mark of Krementz & Co. (J9175)

Krementz & Co., founded in 1866 by George Krementz, created elegant cufflinks and other jewels during the Victorian era and well into the 20th century.  The long survival of the firm was a testament to George Krementz's early passion for beautiful design, high craftsmanship and technical innovation.

Name:  The Song

Cost:  Although these elegant cufflinks have sold,  you will find many more elegant pairs in the Antique Cufflink Gallery.

Measurements:  These 14kt gold cufflinks weigh a total of  4.9 grams.  The oval tops are  3/4" long and just over  1/2" wide.

Here are a few more elegant cufflinks from the past ...

George Street amethyst cufflinks. (J9418) Krementz writhing serpent cufflinks. (J9284) Art Deco pinstripe cufflinks. (J9270)

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