For sale here is a fine pair of antique early 20th century handmade gilt sterling silver fraternity or school graduation anniversary cufflinks by American silversmith Charles Thomae & Son of Attleboro, Massachusetts. Charles Thomae founded his company in 1920, but used the hallmark prior to that for his own work while employed at another jewelry company (information from Rainwater, "American Jewelry Manufacturers", and I'm guessing that these cufflinks are from his own production circa 1914 or thereabouts. The cufflink faces feature a seated child with the face of an adult which may have been someone famous at the time flanked at his side with the word "Quindecennial" meaning 15 year anniversary, and the child is wearing a champions laurel wreath at his brow, a shirt that is marked "99" and a sash that is marked "Degrees". This is all guess-work, but I think it possible that the cufflinks were given out to either graduates of a specific school who graduated in 1899, and this celebrates the 15 year milestone. Or, they may have been given to members of either a fraternity or a fraternal organization similar to the Elks or Masons. In any case, they are a charming antique artifact, and not likely to seen again soon! Each measures 3/4" long by 1/2" wide at the faces, and the pair weigh 8.6 grams total. They are gilded sterling silver, and are marked "Sterling" and the maker mark for Charles Thomae as given above. Excellent antique condition with just fine light wear and tarnish as shown - please view the photos, read the description, and ask all questions prior to purchase. I am open to reasonable offers from serious buyers.
ANTIQUE Early 20th Century Charles Thomae & Son USA Handmade Gilt Sterling Silver Fraternity or School Graduation Anniversary CUFFLINKS
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