Cufflinks for Christmas: Six marvellous modern and vintage examples to buy on thesaleroom.com13 November 2019 From stocking fillers to major gifts, cufflinks can make an ideal Christmas gift. This year, go off the beaten track to find the perfect pair by buying vintage and modern examples at auction.
Cufflinks became popular in the mid-1800s as men started wearing suits every day. Stiff cuffs that could not be fastened with a button could be secured and decorated with a cufflink. Worn mostly by dandies to start with, they were popularised by the future Edward VII, who wore Faberge examples, and became even more widespread in the 1900s.
There plenty to choose from on thesaleroom.com – here are a few examples.
The Scottish set
This antique pair of Scottish hardstone cufflinks feature a circular design with alternating panels of bloodstone and jasper. A bold design with a festive feel, the set is available at Elmwoods on November 28 with an estimate of £400-600.
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A gift from Somerset Maugham
Not only are these diamond and enamel cufflinks attractive they also have a link to the British author W Somerset Maugham. They come from the collection of Alan Searle (1905-85) who, after working as his private secretary, entered into a relationship with the writer until his death in 1965. They are thought to have been given to Searle by Maugham. They are offered in a Janesich leather and silk interior case at Bishop & Miller on November 30, where they have an estimate of £600-900.
French fancies for big spenders
In the market for something extra-special this year? An early 20th century sapphire and diamond dress set at Bonhams includes a large pair of cufflinks with French asay marks. Offered in a fitted case by Asprey, each sapphire is surrounded by four diamond studs mounted in platinum and gold. It is offered on November 20 with an estimate of £4000-6000.
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There’s plenty to choose from on the more affordable end of the scale, too. Take this pair of 9ct gold cufflinks for example. Made in Birmingham in 1926, the machine-turned pieces might show a bit of light wear, but are still attractive and historic. Find them at Mellors & Kirk on November 13, where they have an estimate of £30-60.
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If you like the idea of getting a few gifts at once – or maybe keeping something back for yourself – many auctioneers will offer cufflinks as part of larger collections as single lots. For example, lot 483 at Catherine Southon’s auction on November 27, features modern and vintage pieces by designers such as Lalique and Liberty. It includes a pair of contemporary enamel cufflinks of Renee Macintosh design and a vintage pair by Lalique in large green cabochon glass. The collection is estimated at £80-120.
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The designer cufflinks
Pick up a pair of French ruby cufflinks by Cartier at Dreweatts’ auction on November 27. Offered in an original box, each piece features double-sided panels set with calibré cut rubies. Signed Cartier, they are stamped 18kts and offered in a gilt tooled red leather box. Estimate: £1500-2000.
View and bid for this pair of French ruby Cartier cufflinks on thesaleroom.com.