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Carter, Howe mother-of-pearl cufflinks. (J9205)

Wisdom and Victory!


Creamy white mother-of-pearl centers surrounded by elegant gold borders that hint of laurel wreathes.  The luminescent mother of pearl beautifully picks up the warm, yellow glow of the gold.  Created by Carter, Howe & Co. in 14kt gold, circa 1900.

Carter, Howe mother-of-pearl cufflinks. (J9205)

During the Victorian period jewels often conveyed secret messages and hidden meanings.  The first letter of the names of the gemstones set in a bracelet or ring might spell out an endearment such as "DEAREST" or "REGARDS".  Or the elements of a brooch or stickpin might be a rebus (picture puzzle) "spelling out" a common phrase.

Perhaps that is the case with these cufflinks.  The stylized laurel wreath borders ("laurels to the victor") and mother-of-pearl centers ("pearls of wisdom") may celebrate an important academic victory (perhaps a milestone graduation) or express a sentiment such as "May victors be wise."

Carter, Howe mother-of-pearl cufflinks. (J9205)

As with all fine jewels,  you should closely examine estate cufflinks from every direction.  These cufflinks are beautifully crafted with sturdy brackets and strong cross bars to secure the links on the cuff.  The backs are crafted in 14kt gold and polished to a bright finish.

Close up of Carter, Howe maker's mark. (J9205)

The gold purity mark ("14K") and the maker's mark of Carter, Howe & Company are stamped on the backs of the cufflinks.  The maker's mark is an arrowhead surrounding a small "C".  Carter, Howe (later Carter, Gough) created elegant, beautifully crafted cufflinks and other jewels from about 1840 to the early 1930s.

Name:  Wisdom and Victory!

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

Measurements:  These 14kt gold cufflinks are 9/16" in diameter.  They weigh in total 8.0 grams.

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

Larter 14kt yellow gold and blue enamel cufflinks. (J9225)Carter, Howe regal lion and leopard cufflinks. (J9158)Elegant diamond and scroll cufflinks. (J9327)



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