Caroline's Jewelry with a Past is offering a pair of contemporary bronze color pewter cufflinks from the Metropolitan Museum. These cufflinks are in the shape of a sailing vessel's cathead beam. A cathead was a large wooden beam located on either side of the bow of a sailing ship. The purpose of the cathead was to provide beam that was heavy enough to support the weight of the anchor and to keep the anchor away from the sides of the ship. Commonly, the end of the beam was fancifully carved to resemble the face of a lion or cat. These retired MMA cufflinks are designed to resemble the cat's head from a British sailing vessel. The cufflinks are 3/4" square with a toggle back.