The rare matching pair of one-of-a-kind, antique brass buttons we chose for these cufflinks depict dragons. They’re the perfect gift for fierce, wild dads with strong, untamed but loving natures.
Dragons were popular themes for Victorian buttons. They sometimes symbolize evil but also supernatural power, wisdom, strength, and hidden knowledge. Dragons are the mythical embodiment of chaos and untamed nature.
The buttons on these cufflinks depict a particularly fierce dragon, featured on an escutcheon with a polished steel back. Caim is the Celtic word for chief Dragon, which we think is the perfect sentiment for Father’s Day.
These buttons were manufactured for women at a time when the fairer sex was expected to exemplify purity and feminine restraint. So it’s rather strange that Victorian women wore masculine-themed fashion accessories such as these.
This is pure speculation, but women’s fashion in the Victorian era was highly restrictive. Women were laced up in layers and corsets from head to toe. Perhaps wearing masculine buttons was a small act of rebellion. We hope so!
In this piece:
Brass dragon escutcheon on steel disc, circa 1880 - 1890