This vintage cufflinks and tie clasp set was made for the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks...the BPOE.
This fraternal group didn't come from any ancient or noble guilds. The fraternity was started by actors and entertainers in the 1860s as a way to be able to drink on Sundays without having to pay extra taxes in the state of New York. The group originally called themselves "The Jolly Corks," but in 1868 they decided to form a proper fraternal order with an emphasis on benevolence and charity. They chose to be Elks because they believed them to be distinctly American animals. Their emblem is an Elk imposed over a clock tolling the 11th hour, as this is the hour Elks pause to give remembrance to their absent brothers.
The cufflinks and clasp are gold plated with a black enamel background. The figural gilded Elk and the 11th hour clock is on each piece and is made with an overall ornate quality .
The cufflinks measure 3/4 inch. The tie clip is 1 5/8 by 3/4 inches. Back of the clasp is marked KLITZNER PROV. R.I.
Set shows minimal signs of age appropriate wear. Overall in excellent vintage condition.
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Vintage Elks B.P.O.E. Cufflinks Tie Clasp Set by Klitzner