Victorian Sterling Hand Painted + Guilloché Enameled "Four Vices" Cufflinks
A fun and unique pair of cufflinks from the Victorian (ca1880) era! Crafted in sterling silver, these double-sided cufflinks each display an image depicting the now-antiquated term "four vices of men," which includes: gambling, women, drinking, and sport. Each oval-shaped link features a handpainted image atop gorgeous, intricately patterned guilloché enameling that transitions between pale blue and light yellow coloring. One set adorns a side with a chestnut horse galloping at the racetrack, its jockey dressed in blue and white, and a beautiful topless woman smiling as her blonde hair cascades down her shoulders, on the other. The third vice features four Ace cards, one of each suit, and is attached to the fourth link depicting a bottle of champagne painted in green glass with a rosy pink foil. The decorative, concentric pattern of the guilloché background is highly visible on the card and champagne links, and the painter's talent is further showcased by their use of light and shadow techniques. The plaques rest in bezel settings and are connected by short sterling silver chain links. The center links feature several French swan hallmark stamps and other stamps which are illegible. These artistic cufflinks would look equally stylish worn by a man or a woman!
Measurements: The oval cufflinks measure approximately 1" long and 1/2" wide. The connecting chain is 3/4" long with the links measuring 1/8" at their widest.
Condition: The overall condition of the cufflinks is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling setting. The chain link backings are secure and in good working condition. The hand-painted plaques do not appear to have any cracks or chips, which is remarkable given their age. There is a slight patina on some of the sterling, which is common given the age of the piece and adds to its unique beauty.