This Japanese Vintage Men's Carved and Lacquered Sterling Silver Tie Clip and Cufflinks Set is a unique find in Japanese men's accessories. I thought the big piece was a tie clip, Someone told me it is a money clip. I have seen tie clips with this style so I suppose it could be either. They are a wonderful nostalgic and vintage set dating to the 1940's. With the resurgence of both traditional and the more modern styled kimono dressing back into the fashion world, this would be a great men's accessory for the man for a night on the town or any suit dressing for that manner. They are fine and highly decorated. These are not Damascene. They are made by a specialist artist hand etching and gilded brass on the sterling, and the black part is lacquered, of course it is all handmade. They are etched with the favorite Mt. Fuji or mountain and sansui or scenery with a temple in front and a flower on either end. They are done with great detail and skill. They are not etched on the back like the damascene pieces. All the pieces are marked sterling, which most likely means .950, the standard for Japan at that time. All the pieces are in very good vintage condition. Both cuff links have some wear on the very top edge of the gilding, and the one on the right has some wear to the lacquer to the right of the temple (please see the pictures). It is not noticeable in person, remember these pictures are at least 10x magnification. They are very heavy sterling pieces. The dark spots on the back are a mystery as they are solid silver color with no tarnish in person, so its shadows or something the 10x magnification is picking up that we cannot see. It will go well with just about any suit and a unique vintage dressing accessory.
Sizing: Tie clip: 2" or 5.08 cm, Cuff links 1 1/16" x 9/16" or 2.7 cms x 1.42 cm
Weight: 17 ½ grams
Metal: Sterling .925
In Japanese History
Inlay is one of Japan's oldest traditional crafts and has a history of over 1000 years. In this long history of inlay art in Japan, Kyoto’s distinct style stands out from the rest, in that metals like pure gold and silver are inlayed into boxes, creating delicate works of art with beautiful shining gold and silver detail on jet-black surfaces.
From the Muromachi period until the Edo Period, damascene were popularly used as ornaments on Japanese swords and armour. More recently, other delicate works such as vase became renowned overseas. (See our "Favorites" Links on our Home page to the Kyoto Handcraft Center for other examples.
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