Rare, stately, and highly collectible, these statement cufflinks are not for the timid! Handcrafted in sterling silver with fine Niello work from Siam (see 'Trivia' below), these are definitely a collector's pair. Rectangular with rounded corners, each cufflink is engraved with a fabulous 'Egyptian Revival' design. There is nice attention to detail- the engravings are intricate and precise and the niello is perfectly applied.
Original box packaging adds to the value and vintage charm of this handsome pair. They'll make a fabulous gift for that history buff in your life.
Composition: Sterling silver with Niello work.
Stamped: 'Amfarco' + 'Sterling, Made in Siam'
Measurements: Face of the cufflink: 3.65 cms x 2.7 cms.
Weight: 20.90 gms
Country of origin: Siam/Thailand
Trivia: Niello is an alloy of silver, copper, and lead- rubbed into etched patterns on silver. It is then fired and polished to a lustrous metallic sheen. Niello work form Siam/Thailand often depicts mythological characters from Ramayana and Buddhist stories. This jewelry was often sent to American wives/girlfriends from their soldier-husbands/boyfriends on leave from fighting in Viet Nam, or stationed in Thailand during the Viet Nam war, making it a popular mid-century trend.
Please note: (1) All the jewelry in this collection is vintage, and thus neither new nor in mint condition. Wear, dents, scratches, oxidation, etc. are in keeping with the age of the jewelry.
(2) All the jewelry has been gently cleaned to remove surface dirt and oils but not the patina- which in our view adds immensely to the appeal of vintage pieces. While in great condition (none of the jewelry is broken/chipped/in need of repair), all were previously owned by someone else, and while not perfect each is full of old history and charm. Please use accompanying photographs to make your decision and be sure to ask any questions you may have before purchase.
(3) It is also worth reminding that since the jewelry is shot in close-up mode, the pieces may look bigger than actual size. Conversely, some large pieces may look smaller in pictures. Always refer to the mentioned dimensions.