Larter Art Nouveau Cufflinks
| A fierce, writhing dragon menacingly uncoils
as if readying to lunge forward and breath fire. These
beautifully modeled, finely detailed cufflinks show the
influence of Art Nouveau design in the twisting body and tail of
the dragon and the manner in which they circle around to become
the border of the cufflinks. Created by Larter & Sons
in 14kt gold, circa 1900.
As with all fine jewels, you should examine the reverse of antique cufflinks as closely as the fronts. These cufflinks have sturdy bean backs attached to the fronts with deeply curved split bridges. The flare of the bridges helps assure that the cufflinks rest safely on the cuff and remain properly positioned.
The top of the bridge is stamped with the maker's mark of Larter & Sons - a stylized rendering of a shirt stud patented by the firm in 1898. Beneath the maker's mark "14" is stamped for the purity of the gold.
Larter & Sons created cufflinks and other gentlemen's accessories from shortly after the Civil War through much of the 20th century. During the early 20th century the firm created a small, but striking collection of Art Nouveau cufflinks. These dragon cufflinks are a particularly fine example.
Name: Fierce Dragons
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