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Box and cufflinks: Van Cortlandts...1940

Object Number: 
Gold, pearl, enamel
overall (each): 1 1/4 x 1/2 in. ( 3.2 x 1.3 cm )
Pair of gold cufflinks; each cufflink consists of two circular pieces with a pearl set in a dome at the center, dome surrounded with scroll and acanthus leaf design; the two pieces are joined together with an oblong link between the shanks on the reverse.
Gallery Label: 
These cuff links belonged to Stephanus Van Cortlandt (1643-1700), the first American-born mayor of New York (appointed 1677). Van Cortlandt was a merchant as well as political leader, and in addition to expanding his family's overseas trading operations, he operated a brewery and a sugar mill. The latter was used as a prison when the British occupied New York during the American Revolution.
Credit Line: 
Bequest of John Marshall Phillips
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group