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Art Nouveau Serpent Cufflinks

Krementz writhing serpent cufflinks. (J9284)

Entwined Serpents!

Two sinister serpents entwined with foliage and vines in the flowing Art Nouveau style.  Intertwined serpents have been a symbol of longevity and good fortune since ancient times.  The fact that these two serpents are rattlesnakes adds a touch of doubt, if not danger.  The scene is beautifully sculpted with the bodies of the serpents forming the border of the cufflinks.  Created by Krementz & Co. in 14kt gold, circa 1900.

Krementz writhing serpent cufflinks. (J9284)

The backs of the cufflinks repeat, on a smaller scale, the vignette of the two entwined serpents.  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 or unfinished.

Around 1900 Krementz & Co., an innovative jewelry maker based in Newark, New Jersey, introduced a small collection of cufflinks with decorated backs.  The backs repeated the design of the fronts or were decorated in a similar theme.  These double-sided cufflinks are known as "Krementz doubles".

Krementz writhing serpent cufflinks. (J9284)

The serpentine fronts are attached to the decorated backs with sturdy "crow foot" braces and curved bridges.  The rich detail of the design is matched by the care with which the cufflinks were crafted.

The maker's mark of Krementz & Company (a stylized collar button) is stamped on the bridges just to the right of the "14K" gold purity mark.  The firm was founded in 1866 and created elegant cufflinks and other jewels during the late Victorian era and much of the 20th century.

Name:  Entwined Serpents

Cost:  $845

Measurements:  The oval tops of these 14kt cufflinks are  3/4" long and  9/16" wide.  They weigh a total of  4.8 grams. 

References:  To learn more about Krementz & Co. and the elegant cufflinks the firm created,  please visit Krementz Double Cufflinks.  Additional examples of Krementz & Co. cufflinks can be found in the Antique Cufflink Gallery.

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