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History of Cuff Links in Photos

Apples555

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What exactly happened with cuff links and associated french cuff shirts between the world wars? Who were they associated with? For what occasions were they worn and in what manner?

The image that comes to mind is Hitler with his gaudy double breasted military jacket, and not much else than the occasional banker and the traditional British monarchy. Hitler particularly seemed to wear them for everything. What are some examples of individuals from the early twentieth century that happened to wear french cuffed shirts, and for what occasions did they wear them?

I know that the Duke of Windsor hated them and they were not a 'modern' look.

Maybe I should ask this in a history class instead.
 

BXpress

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I have no source for this but it seems likely that they were quite popular with the Bohemians (1920s Hipsters) once Art Deco and Art Nouveau started kicking off. One indication is that even with cheap ones no mark/ fake gold, you would still get Guilloche and otherwise tasteful patterns/materials. Another indication could be that they were quite widespread since you can find them everywhere on the net to this day.

There is nothing better than vintage cufflinks. They are often cheap, not always in perfect condition, but still much more tasteful and beautiful than the plastic looking new ones of today. I'd always go for vintage before buying cheap (40-50 bucks) new ones. You can recognize them by signs of oxidation or a very specific close mechanism. The T-bar on them is often different to the ones of today. Another example are snap cufflinks, virtually no one makes them today.
 

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