Stag Coat of Arms - Cufflinks

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The rare matching pair of one-of-a-kind, antique brass buttons we chose for these cufflinks depict a resplendent stag posing with a plumed helmet and regal crown. They’re the perfect gift for wise old dads who lovingly pass down the well-earned wisdom that arrives with maturity.

In Victorian times, stags were exalted among other deer and were revered as powerful emblems of God’s power, nobility, and purity. His massive crown of antlers symbolizes maturity, experience, stamina, virility, grace, and spiritual enlightenment.

For all these reasons, stags were a popular heraldry motif and were found on many Scottish Clan Crests. The image depicted on these buttons was likely borrowed from one of these crests.

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

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