Medieval Knight - Cufflinks

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The rare matching pair of one-of-a-kind, antique brass buttons we chose for these cufflinks depict a medieval knight in a detailed quatrefoil design. They’re the perfect gift for dads who, like a knight in shining armor, can always be counted on.

A quatrefoil is a decorative element consisting of a symmetrical shape with four partially overlapping circles of the same diameter. Quatrefoil designs are commonly found in art, architecture, heraldry, and traditional Christian symbolism.

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:

  • Antique brass buttons, circa 1880-90
  • Antiqued brass cuff links

Shop the collection: Limited Editions

Read more on Buttonology Blog: Tiny Rebellions, Manly Victorian Women's Buttons

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