Victorian Shakudo Mixed Metals Dragon Fish Cufflinks
Shakudo is the use of mixed metal alloys and was originally used in Japanese armor and swords. Artisans would sometimes remove the Shakudo plaques from the armor and incorporate it into jewelry or art. It has become very collectible and quite unusual.
A very unique and artistic pair of Shakudo cufflinks from the Victorian (ca1880) era! These fantastic cufflinks depict tiny detailed dragons and are a wonderful example of the Shakudo craft. With a very unusual design, each cufflink has a dragon face and a soaring fish body. The dragons have a distinctive Asian design, with human-like faces, complete with golden eyes, rounded noses and flowing mustaches. One of the dragons is shown in flight from the side, with its fins outstretched and the face seen as a profile. The other dragon is depicted in motion, with its head curving around towards the tail end of its body. Both dragons are incredibly intricate, showing carved feather and scale details along the wings and body, and gold accents at the eyes and talons. Attached to the back of each plaque is a cufflink bar that is slanted downwards and ends in a hammer top. The back of each Shakudo dragon fish plaque is stamped "STERLING SILVER." A simply exceptional pair of cufflinks, these works of art would make a wonderful addition to any collection and would be perfect for any Shakudo collector!
Measurements: Each dragon plaque measures approximately 1 1/2" long, slightly less than 6/8" tall, and are approximately 1/4" at the thickest point. The bars measure approximately 3/4" long.
Condition: The overall condition of the cufflinks is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the mixed metal dragon fish plaques or to the cufflink backs.