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Whiteside and Blank regal lion cufflinks. (J9417)

Regal Lion

A regal lion announces his presence with a fierce roar while unfurling a scroll (or perhaps he is carrying a shield).  This elegant design brings to mind heraldic banners hanging in the Great Hall of some Medieval castle.  The rhythmic swirls along the edges add a touch of Art Nouveau.  Created by Whiteside & Blank in 14kt gold, circa 1900.

Whiteside and Blank regal lion cufflinks. (J9417)

The cufflinks are solidly crafted in 14kt gold with curved "Y" bridges securely attaching bean-shaped backs (also known as "bean backs").  The maker's attention to small details can be seen in the beveled ends of the "Y" bridges where they meet the top. This minimizes the risk of the cufflinks catching or snagging a loose thread on the cuff.

Close-up of Whiteside and Blank maker's mark. (J9417)

The maker's mark of Whiteside & Blank (a crescent pierced by an arrow)  is stamped on the insides of the bean  backs.  On the opposite side of the post "14" is stamped for the purity of the gold.  This close-up gives a sense of the depth and fine detail of the scroll work seen to the left of my finger.

Whiteside and Blank regal lion cufflinks. (J9417)

Whiteside & Blank was a maker of elegant cufflinks, stickpins and brooches during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  The firm was known for its finely sculpted, richly detailed designs and meticulous, uncompromising craftsmanship.  Whiteside & Blank unquestionably created exquisite miniature works of sculpture.

Name:  Regal Lion

Cost:  $885

Measurements:  These tops of these 14kt gold cufflinks are 3/4" by 1/2". They weigh a total of 7.7 grams.

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