Fierce Lion Cufflinks
|A full-maned lion and fierce lioness stare
menacingly from the tops of these finely sculpted late Victorian
richly detailed big cats will elegantly prowl any cuff.
Created by Carter, Howe & Company in 14kt gold, circa 1900.
Carter, Howe & Company (predecessor of
Carter, Gough) was one of the premier makers of
fine cufflinks, stickpins and other jewels during the late
Victorian era and early 20th century. The firm was
especially known for its imaginative portrayal of exotic and
fantastic creatures in finely worked gold.
The maker's attention to craftsmanship and design can be seen on the backs of the cufflinks. Note the sturdy curved bridges that are strongly anchored to the closed tops and "bean-shaped" backs. The curve of the bridges helps assure that the cufflinks remain properly oriented on the cuff.
The Carter, Howe maker's mark, an arrowhead surrounding a small letter "C", is stamped on the bridges of the cufflinks just to the right of the "14" gold purity mark. The marks are somewhat obscured by the rounded profile of the bridge.
Name: Carter Lions
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