Late Victorian 18kt/14kt Reverse Carved Essex Crystal Tiger Cufflinks
Reverse carved crystal is a technique created by cutting rock crystal into a convex form and then polishing it into a cabochon shape. An image is carved into the flat side of the crystal and then is painted by hand in reverse. From the front, the picture appears to be almost three-dimensional. Many different images were used in reverse carved crystal jewelry and artwork, but animals were the most common motifs.
These Late Victorian (ca1900s) Essex Crystal cufflinks are a beautiful example of the reverse carved rock crystal technique. Set in an 18kt bezel, a ferocious tiger boasts orange and black stripes with white tufts of fur, detailed whiskers, yellow eyes, and sharp teeth. The images rest atop a mother-of-pearl background. The left-right design cufflinks are secured by modern 14kt yellow gold whale backings. These cufflinks would be a very special gift for any tiger lover and would look fabulous worn by a man or woman.
Measurements: The cufflinks measure approximately 13/16" in diameter, including the gold bezel. The design measures 3/8" at its deepest point. The cufflink post provides 9/16" of space for a shirt cuff, and each rotating whaleback measures slightly more than 11/16" long and nearly 3/16" wide.
Condition: The overall condition of the cufflinks is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting or airplane back, which are in good working condition. The carved rock crystal links and Mother of Pearl backings are intact and free of any apparent damage.