Tiger Eye and Gold Cufflinks
Tiger Eye Spools
| The warm earth tones of tiger eyes set in
yellow gold. The cabochon-cut tiger eyes have rich golden,
honey color centers shading to darker earthy browns along the
edges. These cufflinks are striking against a white cuff
and ideal for a darker suit or jacket. Created by Sansbury
& Nellis in 14kt gold, circa 1920.
These cufflinks are a striking example of the "spool" design for cufflinks favored in the 1920s. The two carnelian ends are set in sturdy gold bezels connected by a straight, rigid post. The strength and rigidity of the design help assure that the cufflinks remain safely on the cuff when worn while also easing the passage of the cufflinks through a button hole.
Sansbury & Nellis was a specialist in beautiful gemstones and created elegant cufflinks and stickpins to showcase them. The firm was in operation during the early decades of the 20th century. Sansbury & Nellis' maker's mark ("S-N") is visible on the inside of the cufflinks along with "14-K" for the purity of the gold.
Name: Tiger Eye Spools
A Brief History of Spool Cufflinks
The decades around 1900 were a period of invention and innovation among makers of fine cufflinks. The makers strove to create aesthetically pleasing cufflinks that could be easily placed on the cuff and would remain safely attached when worn. The "spool" was an elegant design that briefly gained popularity during the early 20th century. With its identical, usually gem-set ends connected by a rigid, straight or curved post the design offered a nice balance of elegance, ease and security.
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