The vintage collection has been hand made in our workshops from the original dies used by our craftsmen in the early 1900s.
James Deakin was in one of our dusty die stamp workshops a few months ago and made an amazing discovery, finding a collection of old dies of classic cufflinks. He decided to polish up a few of the older designs to see if they could still be used. He found some unique classic designs and traced their origin back to 1908. This along with the growing trend for vintage jewellery inspired the new collection which features 10 designs, all hand enamelled and hand made with the original fetter chain fittings.
James says ‘As one of England’s oldest family jewellers we have many rooms containing our archives, old records as well as dusty die stamps of cufflink designs that haven’t been produced in years. The 10 styles that we have chosen for the vintage collection are all really distinctive and look seriously smart on the cuff.’
Once the silver has been stamped from the original dies in the workshops, they are hand painted by enamellers. ‘The vintage designs are very delicate as they’re a lot shallower than our modern designs. This means that our enamellers have to take extra care when firing the designs in the kiln to set the enamel colours’ says James.
Once they have been enamelled the cufflinks are then fitted with the original fetter chain style link that would have been fitted by Deakin & Francis in the early 1900s. Finally, the cufflinks are given an oxidised finish to complete the vintage look.