Art Nouveau Serpent Cufflinks
| Two writhing rattlesnakes twist and intertwine
amidst a tangle of leafy vines. The serpents are finely
detailed with hissing tongues, menacing rattles and bodies that
twist in sinuous Art Nouveau curves along the edges of the
cufflinks. Created by Krementz & Co. in 14kt gold,
A special feature of these cufflinks is that the scene of intertwining snakes is repeated on the backs. Although reduced in size, the twisting serpents and entangling vines are clearly visible
The serpentine fronts and backs of the cufflinks are connected with sturdy curved bridges and split "crow foot" braces. As with all fine jewels, the beauty of these cufflinks is matched by the care and skill with which they were crafted.
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, brooches and other jewels during the late Victorian era through much of the 20th century.
Name: Intertwining Serpents
A Brief Note on Krementz Doubles
In the decades around 1900 the backs of cufflinks were most often left plain or just adorned with the initials of the wearer. In short, the backs were usually less interesting than the fronts. To rectify this around 1900 Krementz & Co. began creating a small collection of cufflinks with the backs decorated with the same or a similar design as the fronts. These elegant cufflinks, like the pair offered here, are known as "Krementz Doubles."
If you would like to learn a little more about Krementz Doubles and see a few more examples, please visit our article Krementz Double Cufflinks.
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