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Golden Cufflinks

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Cast gold circular double buttons, attached by an undecorated closed pin. In the late 18th century and until the 1850s, small double buttons (links) were a common alternative to single buttons with a locking pin and perpendicular bar. Like these, they have pins, either closed or open, which join the pieces. Depending on their shape, they could have different functions, and the two identical buttons could fasten cloaks, waistcoats, shirt collars, the sleeves of combat jackets, and as they are used these days, shirt cuffs. The buttons are usually flat or slightly convex, unlike earlier buttons of variable diameter and a higher profile; made of different metals, gold and silver, and usually round or square with chamfered corners.Salto de línea The fronts are usually decorated with geometric motifs, forming floral or sun designs. Initials are also highly common, along with small motifs like swags, and even imitations of coins; some have city marks, the most common ones being from Córdoba, or silversmiths' marks, most of which do not specify a location; others have letters, marks and images on the back, some of which were moulded. As the 19th century progresses the models multiply, and many of them are made in industrial or semi-industrial processes. The smooth buttons in this case suggest a somewhat later date than the other two pairs, of around 1800. As small hoards of treasures hidden during the War of Independence are unearthed, various types and models of men’s clothing buttons have been found, which can serve as reference; as is the case of the Cabezón and Peñafiel hoards. Buttons like these are also still used in rural areas as a conscious preservation of tradition.

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