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Cufflinks and Shirt Studs.

Discussion in 'General Attire & Accoutrements' started by The Mad Hatter, Jan 13, 2005.

  1. The Mad Hatter

    The Mad Hatter A-List Customer

    I have always considered the cufflink to be uncomfortable, both physically and socially.

    But recently I have come across some coin cufflinks that look pretty good and have some character.

    Tobias Davis offers many for a bit more than $100. I particularly like their Indian Head penny cufflink:



    Others can be found on Ebay for less than half that.
  2. I personally like cufflinks, and the ones you found are very nice and unique.
  3. The Mad Hatter

    The Mad Hatter A-List Customer

    Here are the two that I just purchased from Ebay. The combined price was $36.00 (including shipping).


  4. ......that I couldn't resist this fine cache of vintage items. Just snagged these tonight for 25 bucks on ebay. :) At least one set is matched, and the rest can be mixed and matched with each other.
  5. maintcoder

    maintcoder A-List Customer

    Very nice deal, Major. Lately, I have been looking to add to the few cufflinks/tie bars I have as well. I will have to keep my eyes open in the eBay direction if your deal is indicative of what is available.
  6. I think so!

    I saw a couple of good deals on men's vintage jewelry lots. Seems to be a good time to grab some as no one is bidding on these,........[huh] Get 'em while ya can, and good hunting. :cheers1:

    EL COLORADO One of the Regulars

    Hey,.. pretty nifty there D-Man.
    A vintage man can never have too many cufflinks.

    Heres some from my box.

  8. No doubt.

    Especially since they can be had, (for now anyway) for a song. :) I saw lots of familiar maker's names like Swank and Krementz, and lots of creative designs such as a fishing rod tie clasp.
    I love those theatrical face cuff links, by the way. :)
  9. Mike in Seattle

    Mike in Seattle My Mail is Forwarded Here

    I've got several pair inherited from Dad and both grandfathers, along with my dad's and his dad's watches from the 20's & 40's. But my favorite pair of cufflinks were ones my mom found about 10 years ago. I do bookkeeping and taxes and she found a pair that look like old accounting ledgers. You can even open them up - one read "Debits" inside, the other reads "Credits." I haven't worn them to the annual meeting of a group I'm on the board of (treasurer of course!) in a couple of years so I'm thinking I'll do it this year - and hoping I can find a nifty double-breasted blue suite by then.
  10. I'm onto another score.

    Provided that no one snipes me, that is. :rolleyes:
    I will share the wealth and offer some up as prizes in an as yet to be announced contest to complement the tie contests sponsored by our esteemed colleague Mr. Chevalier.
  11. Cufflinks and studs

    In the 1940s, were cufflinks in use for daywear, or were they generally reserved for use with tuxedos?

    How about studs in lieu of the buttons on the shirt front?

  12. scotrace

    scotrace Head Bartender Staff Member

    I'm not following you around - honest.

    Other guys will jump in.

    It depends on the cufflinks - and the shirt.
    There are SO many jillions of cufflink designs. Very simple black links are usually for more formal wear or evening. The fun ones are the novelties. Little cigars, automobiles, hats, exotic themes, horses, dogs, political, club affiliation, you name it. Those are for other times and day wear.

    Most shirt studs one sees are onyx or mother-of-pearl. Those go with starched shirts in a formal setting. If you find any "novelty" shirt studs... well... I'd think a time or six about those.. :)

    Am I wrong, gentlemen?
  13. Based on period films, I recall seeing cufflinks on men during the daytime as well as for evening wear.
    I think scotrace correctly summarized the day and night use of links & shirt studs.
  14. I try to match my links to the colors/patterns I'm wearing and therefore I don't think about what's formal or what's suitable for day/evening wear (Heck, just putting on a tie these days is considered formal, isn't it?)

    Lately, I've been having my shirts made with removable button strips so I can use studs. Even with business shirts. I like to wear a bow tie occassionally, but I've always hated the look of exposed chest buttons, so on go the studs. As of yet, no one has mentioned their daytime appearance.


    Senator Jack
  15. Thanks for the info. I've always liked the look, but didnt want to appear too formal. Its good to know what other people think.
  16. I like these,

    I don't know about formal, but they stand out, dunno how old they are
  17. Shaul-Ike Cohen

    Shaul-Ike Cohen One Too Many

    I like shirts with single cuffs for cufflinks or monkey's fists, not folded back like "French cuffs". Hard to get, but with some shirts, you can simply do away with the buttons.

    Are these cuffs ahistorical? I've seen several times style police statements like "Cuff links are used only with folded/double/French cuffs" or even "may not be used but...."
  18. I would think French cuffs were as common back in the day as they are today! I always see stars, such as Bogart in Maltese Falcon, wearing them in movies with regular suits.
    I have a few shirts with French cuffs that I wear with my suits. The cufflinks add a level of panache to the outfit. I have also had shirts made with combination button/cufflink optional cuffs but tended to just use the butttons out of laziness.
  19. Shaul-Ike Cohen

    Shaul-Ike Cohen One Too Many

    You mean double cuffs, or buttonless cuffs in general?
  20. I only wear french cuffs....

    because I think barrel cuffs are informal when wearing a suit. I have always loved double cuffs and was thrilled when they came back into fashion. As the others have said, cufflinks are fine for day wear (not black onyx or mother of pearl inlaid ones - they are strictly for black and white tie respectively), but studs are strictly for formal wear. Black or gold for black tie, and mother of pearl for white tie.

    As said by Scotrace avoid the novelty studs at all costs for evening wear.


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