Victorian Neoclassical Cufflinks
|The jewelers of the late Victorian era eagerly
adopted design motifs and decorative devices from ancient and
distant cultures. They often reinterpreted and
combined the borrowed elements in imaginative, if not always
historically accurate, ways. These striking cufflinks
with hints of the ancient Greek, Egyptian and Roman
civilizations are an elegant example. 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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