Art Moderne Tuxedo Set
Carrington Abalone and Platinum
| Dark abalone alive with subtle iridescent
flashes of red and green playing against the cool brilliance of
platinum. This striking tuxedo set was created in the Art
Moderne style of the late 1930s by Carrington & Co
and retailed at Tiffany & Co. Crafted in platinum and
14kt gold, circa 1935.
Complementing the cufflinks are three shirt studs with a smaller version of the abalone and platinum centers. The studs are a little over 5/16" in diameter and just under 1 1/4" in length. They employ a spring-loaded stem mechanism first introduced in the late 1890s.
The backs of the cufflinks and shirt studs are beautifully crafted in 14kt gold and polished to a bright finish (please excuse the stray reflections from the camera). Note the sturdy cross bars and strong brackets that secure the cufflinks on the cuff. Carrington employed the same level of care and craftsmanship in creating the backs of its cufflinks and studs as it did on the fronts.
This tuxedo set was originally retailed by Tiffany & Co. The reverse of the cufflinks are stamped with the mark of the luxury retailer. The backs are also stamped "14K & PLAT" for the purity of the precious metals. The understated elegance of the design, fine materials and style of the linkage indicate that this dress set was created for Tiffany by Carrington & Company.
During the first half of the 20th century Carrington & Company was one of the preeminent makers of fine dress sets and cufflinks. The firm's gold and platinum jewels were retailed by Tiffany & Co. and other carriage trade jewelers of the day.
Name: Carrington Abalone and Platinum
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