This is part 2 of cufflink glossary, I press the ‘publish’ button too fast.

So here it goes:

Political Theme: Throughout the country’s history, it has been customary for politicians to reward their top campaign workers with a pair of souvenir cuff links. Usually imprinted with the candidate’s name and date, these have become a very popular collectible. These cuff links are much in demand, and capable of high appreciation in value. As can be expected, the worth increases substantially when the candidate dies or retires from office.

Double-faced: Name derives tram cuff links with adornment on both of its faces. Contrast with . “American Toggle”.

“American Toggle”: Popular type of cuff link closure device. Name underscores American preference for simplicity in attaching. Londoners and other cosmopolitan foreign city wearers regard the “toggle” as too casual for the distinctive look desired.

“Singles”: Term used for describing one half of a pair of cuff links. Although many enthusiasts limit their collections to pairs, others seek out Singles and enjoy them as an interesting and usually inexpensive art form. The National Cuff Link Society assists members in locating matching Singles to replace lost or misplaced halves.

Original Box: The original box can add substantially to the value of a pair of cuff links. This is true of contemporary as well as vintage pairs. Some cuff link collectors specialize in boxed pairs. Others take pride in related cuff link items such as vintage ads, containers, salesman’s catalogs and photographs.

Special thanks to Gene Klompus for allowing me to publish these articles,

Adwin Ang
Cufflinks buying, exclusive interview from experts & information resource site!



Every collectible has its own language. Here are some terms that are familiar to cuff link collectors:

Do-ers: Refers to cuff links that are not only functional as traditional shirt cuff fasteners, they are also capable of doing something else. This includes cuff links that have built-in and working watches, thermometers, music boxes, nail clippers, dice, compasses, knives, pencils, etc.

Commemoratives: These cuff links are designed to recognize a person, place or event,. The late President, Lyndon B. Johnson, commissioned a local jeweler to manufacture cuff links bearing a sketch of the B 1 7 bomber in which he was shot down during a 1942 air attack. Those sterling silver cuff links, including the etched word, SWOOSE (his affectionate nickname for the plane), are now a valuable collector’s item. Cuff links have traditionally been available as souvenirs of Olympic Games, Worlds Fairs, sporting events, and civic anniversaries. “Commemoratives” are rapidly becoming one of the most popular branches of specialization. Besides their appeal as a memento of an important occasion, many collectors regard the “Commemorative” as a good investment. This is confinned by the rapid price appreciation of cuff links carrying the logos of various Wodds Fairs. Recently, a mint condition, 1964-65 New York Worlds Fair 3-piece cuff link and tie bar set was sold by a Maryland Antique dealer for $250. Only 1 year earlier, similar sets were selling for under $200.

Watch for part 2 …to be continue….

Adwin Ang
Cufflinks buying, exclusive interview from experts & information resource site!