So much fun and charm in those Victorian silver cufflinks depicting a game of the time called skittles.
They are hollow, so lovely and light to wear and weigh in at 4.5 grams. The longer pin parts measure 1.00 x 0.25 inch and are a great overall size for the modern shirt cuff.
The game itself, popular in Victorian England as well as Europe descended from an earlier lawn game called the bowls. Unlike bowls it was played indoors and is an ancestor of today's super popular bowling. Our cufflinks seem to be a "happily ever after" of two components. The pin parts are hallmarked Birmingham 1987 while bowls and chains are earlier and date from 1803-4. This is often seen in earlier pieces, and the later parts are probably a replacement for the earlier damaged ones, which we can forgive I think, given their two hundred years of history! The cufflinks are also sporting a couple of small dents which we have photographed for you to illustrate that they are insignificant in our darling cufflinks. The little imperfections heap some extra charm on and we all know things do get knocked about while playing ball games after all……. Anyone for some Victorian bowling?
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Victorian Silver Cufflinks Circa 1897