Vintage Cufflinks were an amazing modern invention in their time. Can you imagine life before cufflinks?
Back in the day, men’s shirts often had puffy sleeves made from soft material. The cuffs were fastened together with the use of tabs made from material that were tied together in a knot or bow.
What a cumbersome exercise this would have been – and very difficult to perform on your own.
Then along came the metal fastener – and the cufflink was born.
The original cufflinks were quite small and consisted of two flat plates joined together with a small chain. This was the Chain-Link Cufflink. Shirts at the time were the style with French Cuffs, with a buttonhole on each side of the cuff. The metal plates of the cufflinks were passed through each buttonhole, with the chain between holding them securely in place.
Solid Arm Cufflinks
Many cufflink designs followed. Popular in the 1910s-1920s were the small oval shaped face-plate with a solid curved arm. This style was often engraved with an ornate pattern.
Both of these styles eventually gave way to the immensely popular toggle invention that we know today.
The Cufflink Toggle Invention
Designed by Mr Jacob M. Oldak in 1948 (US Patent No. 2472958), the toggle invention turned cufflinks into an accessory that was incredibly easy to use and opened the door for jewellery production houses to increase production of cufflinks.
Unfortnately, Mr Oldak never received the due credit for his invention. We thank you now, Mr Oldak.
Vintage jewellery has a character of its own and will compliment any outfit.
Nothing beats vintage cufflinks for style, fashion and flair.
Do you wear vintage cufflinks?
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