Victorian French Sterling & Striped Niello Enamel Cufflinks
Niello is the art of ornamenting metal surfaces that is thought to have originated with the Egyptians and spread throughout Europe in the Middle Ages. It is enamel-like substance made alloys of sulfur, copper, silver and lead and used as an inlay on engraved metal.
A wonderful pair of French Niello cufflinks from the Victorian (ca1880) era! Made of sterling silver, each double-sided cufflink is comprised of two discs, which are connected by a strand of chain. A traditional striped Niello motif decorates the front of each surface, creating a simple yet attractive design. A classic and striking pair of cufflinks, they would look fabulous worn by a man or woman!
Measurements: Each round cufflink face has a diameter of slightly more than 1/2". The strand of chain connecting each disc measures 7/8" long.
Condition: The overall condition of the cufflinks is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling setting, and the connecting chain is secure and intact. There is some minimal surface wear to part of the Niello enamel, which is normal for a Victorian piece and is not noticeable when worn.