A beautiful pair of Victorian Essex crystal duck scene cufflinks, set in 18k yellow gold.
These beautifully crafted cufflinks are each predominantly composed of a duck river bank scene. They are secured with a chain and a baton fixing.
Essex crystal is made firstly by using a cabochon rock crystal and engraving the flat bottom with a scene or design. The engraved aspect is then hand painted to give the impression of a three dimensional object or image in the cabochon when viewed from above or on the cuff. These designs were incredibly delicate and time consuming, and as they’re all done by hand are unique in themselves! These cufflinks are a perfect example of this technique!
For size reference each cufflink face measures 1.5 x 1.85 and there is a gross weight of 15.6 grams. The cufflinks are hallmarked 18ct (gold) and are estimated circa 1890-1900.