Saturday, July 12, 2008

Winged Bridge Maker gold cufflinks, circa 1930.

The "Winged Bridge" Maker

Several weeks ago I wrote about a distinctive group of cufflinks created by an unknown maker. Because of the unique design of the connecting bridge, I provisionally named the maker of the cufflinks the "Acanthus Bridge Maker".

This week I illustrate another collection of striking cufflinks by an unknown maker. Crafted in yellow and white gold, these elegant cufflinks feature intricately engraved (engine-turned) centers surrounded by bold geometric and foliate borders. The cufflinks sparkle with the exuberance of the Jazz Age. A beautiful example with dramatic engine-turned centers and bold Art Deco borders is pictured above.

Reverse of cufflinks by Winged Bridge maker.

The unknown maker of this second group of cufflinks also favored a distinctive bridge design. The bridges flair out like the wings of a mythical or fantastic bird. Hence, I have nicknamed the creator of these cufflinks the "Winged Bridge Maker". Several more examples follow.

"Radiating Starbursts", circa 1925.

Striking two-tone cufflinks with yellow gold centers decorated with dramatic radiating starbursts. The Art Deco supernovas are surrounded by white gold borders embellished with stylized flowers and scrolls. Crafted in 14kt white and yellow gold, circa 1925.

"Ripples in a Pond", circa 1925.

This pair of cufflinks is more serene with yellow gold centers of engine-turned concentric circles. The design is reminiscent of the ripples created by a pebble dropped in a quiet pond. The octagonal white gold borders repeat the flower-and-scroll motif of the previous cufflinks. Crafted in 14kt white and yellow gold, circa 1925.

"Frosty Elegance", circa 1930.

Of course, not all of the the cufflinks by the Winged Bridge maker were two-toned. Pictured is a frosty pair of white gold cufflinks with elegant pinstripe centers. The octagonal borders are a bolder interpretation of the flowers and scrolls theme. Crafted in 14kt white gold, circa 1930.

To view other beautiful cufflinks from the past,
please visit our Antique Cufflink Gallery.

1 comment:

The Eccentric Orange Gentleman said...

Wow! Even the back is elegantly designed. Now that is pride in one's work.

Only if I was in a position to collect links like these.