Late Victorian Classical Cufflinks
| Late Victorian cufflinks alive with the elegance
and opulence of classical antiquity. Wreathes or swags of
laurel leaves frame the outer edges of the cufflinks while
dramatic, stylized anthemia (palmettes) anchor the ends.
The golden centers rise outward like the bosses of ancient
The Victorians were enthusiastic adopters of the decorative motifs and designs of ancient cultures. The jewelry makers of the day often adapted and blended motifs from different cultures and eras to create anachronistic designs of striking beauty. These elegant cufflinks show the influence of the ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian cultures with perhaps a hint of the Etruscan. Created by Whiteside & Blank in 14kt gold, circa 1900.
The cufflinks are beautifully crafted with sturdy curved "Y" bridges securely attaching the solid tops to bean-shaped backs (often known as "bean backs"). The maker's attention to fine detail can be seen where the two branching arms of the "Y" attach to the tops. The goldsmith took the time to bevel the ends of the arms so they transition smoothly to the tops with no jutting or sharp edges that could snag or catch when the cufflinks are being worn
The maker's mark of Whiteside & Blank, a crescent pierced by an arrow, is stamped on the left of the inner backs. On the opposite side of the post "14K" is stamped for the purity of the gold. Also note the thickness of the tops and the depth of the classical motifs. Whiteside & Blank created cufflinks that were as finely crafted as they were beautifully designed.
Whiteside & Blank was founded in 1890 and created elegant cufflinks, stickpins and other jewels during the late 1900s and early years of the 20th century. The firm was especially known for the elegance of its designs and meticulousness of its craftsmanship. As a bit of cufflink trivia, one of the firm's founders, Henry Blank, was a survivor of the Titanic's ill-fated maiden voyage in 1912.
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