Acquiring and researching antique cufflinks takes you in many interesting directions. Often you follow an unpromising lead or stray clue with surprising results. The following architect's rendering of a fine Victorian home is one such discovery.
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In 1885 Charles L. Carrington, later founder of Carrington & Company, was a partner in the jewelry manufacturer Mayhew, Leonard & Carrington. Since arriving in New York City shortly after the Civil War, his rise in the jewelry trade had been steady and impressive. In 1885 he decided to provide for his family and celebrate his success by building a stately home in Newark, New Jersey.
Notice of the Carrington house illustrated with the above rendering was published in the August, 1885 issue of American Architects and Building News.
HOUSE FOR MR. CHARLES L. CARRINGTON, HIGH ST., NEAR
CLINTON AVE., NEWARK, N.J. MR. VAN CAMPEN TAYLOR
ARCHITECT, NEWARK, N.J.
By 1900 Mayhew and Leonard had retired and Charles Carrington reformed the firm as Carrington & Co. with his sons serving in various positions. During the first half of the 20th century Carrington & Co. was one of the preeminent maker's of fine cufflinks and dress sets. Carrington remained active with the firm and lived in his house on High Street until his death in 1924.
Riviera Hotel with Carrington house to the right, circa 1925.
Frequent visitors are aware of my enthusiasm for the cufflinks and other jewels created by Carrington & Company. Examples of Carrington's work can be found in the Antique and Estate Jewelry and Antique Cufflink Galleries.