Rampant Lion - Cufflinks

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The rare matching pair of one-of-a-kind, antique brass buttons we chose for these cufflinks depict a rampant Lion. They’re the perfect gift for strong dads who are always ready and willing to do battle for their families if required. 

Lions are the most common animals depicted in heraldic designs. Heraldry guides the use, display, and regulation of hereditary symbols historically used to distinguish families, armies, and institutions. Heraldic designs are typically displayed on coats of arms, flags, and shields.

A rampant lion is an image of a lion in profile, standing erect with its forepaws raised ready for battle. It symbolizes majesty, strength, and courage. In the medieval period, during the 12th century, a rampant lion was incorporated into the arms of the House of Plantagenet, the first royal dynasty of England.

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 and wood 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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