Antique Cufflinks are original items of jewellery which attach to the sleeves of a dress shirt or blouse cuff as fastening devices.
Brief history and description
Cufflinks may be designed as single or double-length cuffs (also known as the "French"), while others may be worn with the two ends pinching together (known as "kissing") or with one end overlapping the other (known as "barrel-style"). Some of the many popular cufflink designs include the shank-style (or "Dumbbell") which were popular during the 20th century in America, as well as novelty, contemporary or traditional cufflinks.
During the 1960s the Swank company manufactured approximately 12 million pairs of cufflinks annually, all of which typically featured crown shapes, topaz, smoky quartz or various other types of stones. During the late 19th century cufflinks often featured lion head designs, and were typically made of 14kt gold and set from onyx and agates.
Guide for collectors
Collectors tend to prefer enamelled cufflinks which feature engravings, gold, silver, fraternal logos, real stones or advertisements.
To effectively clean an enamelled cufflink, dampen a cloth or a soft toothbrush with warm water and mild soap and carefully rub the surface.
Some societies dedicating to providing information for collectors include the American Society of Jewelry Historians, the Association for the Study of Jewelry and Related Arts and the Society of Jewellery Historians.
Sotheby's in New York sold a pair of jewelled gold cufflinks (circa 1890) featuring ribbed gold and silver disks centered on cabochon rubies and sapphires for $20,000 in April of 2008.
Estate Auction Company in Dania Beach, Florida sold an antique cufflink and stud set featuring yellow gold with four separate aquarmarine stones and four cabachon rubies for $7,000 in October of 2011.
Great Gatsby's Antiques and Auctions in Atlanta, Georgia sold a pair of 18kt gold Tiffany & Co. coral cufflinks for $800 in April of 2011, and a pair of 18kt gold Tiffany & Co. gold and lapis cufflinks for $600 in April of 2011.
Peachtree & Bennett in Atlanta Georgia sold a pair of antique 9kt gold and sapphire cufflinks for $150 in June of 2011.
DuMouchelles in Detroit, Michigan sold a pair of antique white gold cufflinks for $70 in April of 2009.
Estate Road Show in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina sold a pair of Art Deco gold cufflinks and three shirt studs for $5 in December of 2008.