Phaethon Cufflinks

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The rare matching pair of one-of-a-kind, antique brass buttons we chose for these cufflinks depict Phaethon, the illegitimate son of Apollo, the Greek god of the sun. They’re the perfect gift for dads who, like Phaethon, perhaps drive a little bit too aggressively.

Phaethon convinced Apollo to prove his paternity by allowing him to drive his sun chariot. However, Phaethon couldn’t control the horses and flew the chariot too close to the earth. Luckily, Zeus intervened and saved the world from incineration. 

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 tinted brass buttons with white metal borders, 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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