Art Nouveau Serpent Cufflinks
| Two rattlesnakes intertwine amid a tangle of
foliage and vines. These vintage cufflinks are beautifully
sculpted with the scaled bodies and menacing rattles of the
rattlesnakes finely detailed. The twisted bodies of the serpents
curl around the edges of the cufflinks to create a dramatic
border. A wonderful example of Art Nouveau design. Created by
Krementz & Co. in 14kt gold, circa 1900.
An unusual feature of these cufflinks is that the entwined snake motif is repeated on the backs. In the years around 1900 the backs of most cufflinks were left unadorned or merely engraved with the initials of the wearer - in short the backs were somewhat plain and uninteresting. To rectify this Krementz & Co. began creating cufflinks with the backs decorated with the same or a similar design as the fronts. These cufflinks are sometimes referred to as "Krementz doubles".
The serpentine fronts and backs are connected with sturdy curved bridges and split "crow foot" braces. As with all fine cufflinks, the beauty of the design is matched by the care and skill with which the cufflinks were crafted.
The maker's mark of Krementz & Co. (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
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