These late Georgian / early Victorian cufflinks are simply stunning. They are a great size and retain tons of sparkle! The pastes are all hand cut, exactly like a gem cutter would have cut a diamond during the period. Most folks do not realize how much time went into producing this high quality paste. Old school bench jewelers had many talents. In addition to designing their gems, they cut out wax molds for their metals, hand decorated mounts and cut stones as well. He would sit and cut diamonds and rubies one day then perhaps sapphires and paste the next. They were very talented and many were one man shows…
These cufflinks are all original. It is quite the rarity to find them as most were converted to earrings over the centuries. The pastes are foil backed and fancy silver crimped . They were double hallmarked with French touch marks. One is the boar’s head and the other is a maker’s mark that I have not been able to identify. The boar’s head came into use by the French in 1837 which was about the last year of the Georgian period. They were definitely produced within 10 years of that crossover period.
The pastes are set in silver and I have not polished it. I happen to really like old patina so have left them original. The pastes themselves are cushion cut and measure 8mm x 8mm x 4mm deep. The depth is an estimate as without removing the stones it is not possible to get true weight however I have measured on the conservative side. Each paste would be equivalent to 180 points or, 1 ¾ carats. Each cufflink measures ½” across. There is ¼” space between the bottom of the link and the portion that inserts into the cuff.
The links are in very good condition. When viewed through 10x magnification you can see a few tiny nibbles at the top of the paste. It will not be noticed with the naked eye. The only other thing to mention is on the very bottom of the silver there seems to be a very old repair which was done in antiquity. It does not affect the integrity of these in the least and it is completely unremarkable.
French in origin, Circa 1840, late Georgian / early Victorian. In original form they are a rarity. They are seriously gorgeous and I happen to be very fond of these. Questions are always welcome and encouraged.
Although I do not do this myself and do prefer pieces original, these links would easily become gorgeous earrings with a simple wire added..
Shop Special! Antique Cushion Cut French Paste Cuff links c 1840
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