Estate English 15kt "Four Vices" Hand Painted Enamel Cufflinks
These English cufflinks are quite unusual! Crafted in 15kt gold, each double-sided cufflink is originally from the Victorian era (ca1880), however, the surface has been enameled in the modern day, making them a unique fusion of new and old. The enameled motifs depict the "four vices of men," which include: gambling, women, drinking, and sport. Each cufflink face is incredibly detailed, with hand-painted illustrations that come alive in wonderful color. One of the cufflinks features a set of playing cards to represent the vice of gambling, and a dancer to represent women. The other cufflink includes an alcoholic beverage and bottle to represent drinking, and a horse race to represent betting. On the back of each link is a maker's mark and "15ct" stamp, and a gold infinity link connects the two sides together. A very whimsical pair of cufflinks, they would make a special addition to any collection!
Measurements: Each oval cufflink face measures 5/8" long and 1/2" wide. The infinity connector links measure 5/8" long.
Condition: The overall condition of the cufflinks is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting or to the enameled surfaces, which remain free of chips or scratches. The infinity links in the back are securely attached.