Art Nouveau Serpent Cufflinks
| Two serpents intertwine amidst a tangle
of leafy vines. The serpents, rattlesnakes in this case, are
finely detailed with menacing rattles and bodies that twist in
sinuous Art Nouveau curves to form the edges of the cufflinks.
Created by Krementz & Co. in 14kt gold, circa 1900.
A special feature of these cufflinks is that the entwined snake motif is repeated on the backs. In the decades around 1900 the backs of cufflinks were most often left plain or merely decorated with the initials of the wearer - in short the backs were often unadorned and less interesting than the fronts. To rectify this Krementz & Co. began creating cufflinks with the backs decorated with the same or a similar design as the fronts. These cufflinks are known as "Krementz doubles".
The ophidian fronts and backs of the cufflinks are connected with sturdy curved bridges and split "crow foot" braces. As with all fine cufflinks, the beauty of these cufflinks is matched by the care and skill with which they were created.
The maker's mark of Krementz & Co. (a stylized collar button) is stamped on the bridges to the right of the "14K" gold purity mark. The firm was founded in 1866 and created elegant cufflinks and other jewels during the late Victorian era through much of the 20th century.
Name: Entwined Serpents
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