For gilt silver cufflinks to have a finish this sunny after more than a century is frankly miraculous. We can tell this is high-carat gold from the color and it was obviously applied in abundance, but the only adequate explanation for such a lack of wear is lack of use.
The next owner will make up for that, we hope, since there's no much here to enjoy: the impressively large (3/4" x 1/2") domed faces; their ornate edges including Art Nouveau scrollwork; the handsome chain connectors and, of course, that lavish gold shimmering over the sterling. The whole package is classically Victorian, probably dating from around 1890.
These cufflinks reached us from a Florida estate and we believe they're American-made. If British, they'd have a chorus line of hallmarks, rather than the 925 stamp introduced in mid-19th century America by Tiffany. The maker mark in this case is MW, which we haven't yet been able to identify. Most likely the company was in or near New York, to be influenced so early by Tiffany's 925 standard. In other areas of the US, the spelled-out "sterling" mark remained typical until around 1930. New York origin is also suggested by the jewels' high quality, of course.
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