Vintage c.1960 “Embassy Initial” silvertone cuff links and tie clip set from Swank feature a script “C” on square, satin-finish plaques. A layer of onyx-mimicking glass peeks out from behind the rounded corners of the plaques, outlining and framing them, and giving depth to the black-enamelled lettering.
The 5/8” square cuff links have polished silvertone toggle backs and are stamped “SWANK”.
Clearly made to be worn with an ultra-skinny tie, the 1.5” long tie clip has an alligator tooth clasp (marked “SWANK”) and is a narrow 1/8” along the bar and 1/3” wide at the plaque.
Swank was established as a men’s jewelry corporation in the mid-1930s by the turn-of-the-twentieth-century Attleboro Manufacturing Company of Massachusetts. In the late 1940s, financially robust after its wartime production of tools, machine gun parts, and military decorations for the US government, Swank expanded into men’s accessories and leather goods while cementing its role as the world’s largest manufacturer of men’s jewelry.
Photo #9 shows a December 1960 ad for Swank’s “Embassy Initial” set which reads: “His own personal initial in an elegant script against a rich, satin-toned silvered background. It’s new and different. Also with tie tac.”
Very good condition, with light surface scratching to the satin plaques.
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