These splendid old beauties would meet anybody's definition of spectacular, even without their gilded edges and reverses. I'm very partial to 2-tone jewelry, because it can be worn with both white and yellow metals -- and, besides the versatility, there's a look of pure opulence.
Helping us date these remarkable cufflinks is the fact that their maker, the HWK Company, opened in 1905 and had closed by the 1920s. They were among the style leaders in Providence, RI, then a major jewelry center. Their cufflinks, some with their Talon Grip brand, often incorporated intricate white gold tops fashioned by the Belais brothers in Manhattan. That influence is strongly apparent here in the elaborate engraving of popular motifs including Celtic symbols and natural shapes evocative of sunrises and rainbows. They simply couldn't be more Arts & Crafts in design.
In the absence of markings, I'd say the white metal is most likely chromium or rhodium, hard-wearing cousins of platinum, which don't tarnish. Because the tops aren't actually Belais gold, here's a wonderful opportunity to pick up a really expensive-looking pair of cufflinks at a bargain price. Size is about 3/4" x 1/2" and provenance is a Missouri estate.
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