Vintage c 1923 Kum-A-Part snap cuff links or buttons in gilt brass feature a calligraphic initial “A” atop a Deco ground of machined, radiating spokes,
Manufactured by Baer & Wilde, the men’s jewelry division of the Attleboro Manufacturing Company, they are stamped “Kum-A-Part Regstd” on the inside of one half of each snap, and “Baer & Wilde” on the other.
Baer & Wilde introduced its Kum-A-Part “cuff button” in 1914, fueling enormous growth in its parent company, which in the mid-1930s founded Swank Products Inc. (later Swank Inc.). Swank continued producing this item into the early 1940s—and in the 1960s extended the “Kum-A-Part” trademark to include key rings.
Photo # shows the Kum-A-Part cuff buttons available though the 1922 Carson Pirie Scott jewelry and silverware catalog; I believe the pair being offered here dates from 1923, when a number of newspaper ads appear for “Kum-A-Part Fraternal Initial Cuff Links”, retailing at 50 cents.
Measuring ½” in diameter and ¾” long, the cuff links are in excellent condition, with the snaps extremely secure.
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