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Box and cufflinks: Van Cortlandts...1940

Box and cufflinks: Van Cortlandts...1940
Title
Box and cufflinks: Van Cortlandts...1940
Date 
1650-1700
Medium 
Gold, pearl, enamel
Dimensions 
overall (each): 1 1/4 x 1/2 in. ( 3.2 x 1.3 cm )
Description 
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.
Credit Line 
Bequest of John Marshall Phillips
Object Number 
1954.31ab
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.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group