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A portion of my collection of vintage cufflinks

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I began collecting vintage double sided and snap type cufflinks in the mid-1980's. I first started collecting pairs on base metal, sterling and the occasional 10k, 14k & 18k pairs, as these were the most abundant ones and the ones that fit my affordability level easiest. These consist of simple engine turned metals, reverse painted glass, enamels, figurals, precious and semi-precious stones and other sub-categories. I love them all but I am particulary fond of the extreme top right pair, which features owl's heads on sterling, with ruby eyes. All of these pairs are double sided. I have my snap pairs in different displays. I eventually started collecting only precious metals and higher end cufflinks. But I also still proudly wear my "cheap and cheerful" pairs, of which most of these are. Each pair has a story behind it. How I found it, where it was bought, who owned it before, etc. Collecting is fun, and the ideal antidote for stress (along with laughter - and wine, of course)
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Love them. Would love to see more. If I may be so terribly crass, what is the least and most you've paid for a single pair? Which ones have the most "colorful" history, that you know of? Which ones get the most comment from colleagues/strangers when you wear them?
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Cuffthis, with so many beautiful colors and design, if I had those I think I'd be wearing FC shirts on a daily basis -- whether or not I was wearing a tie. Nice.
post #4 of 13
Wow. Beautiful.
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That's like offering a naked lady to a just released inmate. Unfair. Did you say barter?
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Love them.  Would love to see more. If I may be so terribly crass, what is the least and most you've paid for a single pair? Which ones have the most "colorful" history, that you know of? Which ones get the most comment from colleagues/strangers when you wear them?
Least expensive - free, as some people like to see their pairs end up with a collector who will treasure and wear them with pride (my favorite price point.). But I have found 14k pairs for as low as $.25, hehe. Most expensive - Faberge diamond/ruby/enamel pair in original fitted box - high 4 figures $$$$ (my best investment - could buy a pretty nice car now for their current value). Most colorful history - a pair owned by Cary Grant, hallmarked Birmingham 1938, silver with double sided comedy/tragedy faces. Acquired from Bill Weaver, Cary Grant's personal assistant in the late 1960's/early 1970's (I found out later that Mr. Weaver was co author of a rather unpleasant tell all book on his dealings with Cary titled "The Private Cary Grant") Most comments - my coworkers just don't get it, and rarely say anything. Among fellow collectors, I am noted for my collection within my collection of rare snap cufflinks made by manufacturers that no one has ever heard of or seen another pair made by, as well as snap cufflinks with unusual closures. These include pairs that have a connecting bar holding the two sides together (preventing them from becoming lost if they inadvertantly unsnap), pairs with side buttons to open/close them, pairs held together with magnets, and about 20 other unusual ones, the likes of which I and every other collector of cufflinks I know have never seen before.
post #7 of 13
Holy cow cuffthis, you could open a store with all those. How long did it take to collect all those beauties?
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Holy cow cuffthis, you could open a store with all those.  How long did it take to collect all those beauties?
or more appropriately, a museum . . . The links in the picture are absolutely gorgeous.
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A lot of people have sent me emails asking how I store my collection. I have a lot of different storage and display cases around my house for the non precious metals pairs. One of my favorite small storage boxes is this one. It was bespoke for me by a maker of custom humidors. He redesigned it to hold cufflinks by adding the compartments seen below. The upper tray is removable and the bottom tray is fixed. Another of my favorite pairs is located in the bottom tray, 2nd row, 3rd and second compartments from the right. This pair of figural sterling double sided feet, with Hallmarks for Sheffield 1922, are simply fun to wear. Think about it - a pair of feet at the bottom of your sleeves. A sure conversation starter, and a great way to have fun with your clothes, which, IMHO, it's all about.
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double post, sorry
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So, what happens when a group of small children decide to visit Mr. and Mrs. Cuffthis? I'm guessing toddlers, Reidel stems, and snap links don't mix very welll...
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So, what happens when a group of small children decide to visit Mr. and Mrs. Cuffthis?  I'm guessing toddlers, Reidel stems, and snap links don't mix very welll...
Simple. We put toddlers in the dungeon. They can visit with the guests who came to visit wearing solid color silk pocket squares and short sleeve dress shirts (and don't have nice elbows).
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I can see that I'm an accountant in the wrong industry...
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