Victorian Silver, Bone, Abalone & Mother of Pearl Insect Cufflinks
A wonderful and unusual pair of cufflinks from the Victorian era (ca1880)! Made of silver, the double-sided cufflinks have a colorful insect motif inlaid into a smooth bone background. The insects' legs and antennae are etched delicately into the surface of the bone. Shimmery pieces of abalone shell and mother of pearl represent the insects' bodies, which are carved and textured, inlaid into the surface of the design. A strand of silver chain connects each oval cufflink face together. Stamped on the back of each link are several English hallmarks, including the maker's initials "M.G. & S" and the symbols of an anchor, a lion, and the letter "K." These unique cufflinks are quite artistic and have a lovely combination of natural materials. They would make a special addition to any collection!
Measurements: The cuff links measure 3/4" tall, 1/2" wide, and 1/8" thick. The strand of chain connecting each link measures 7/8" long.
Condition: The overall condition of the cuff links is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the silver setting or connecting chain. The bone surface and the insects' mother of pearl and abalone shell accents are intact and in good condition. There is some light surface wear to the smooth silver face of each cufflink, which is normal for antique jewelry and not noticeable when worn.