Brass Masonic Oval Sleeve Buttons Cufflinks
Reproduction cuff links Set of 2 Brass ½"W x ¾"L Made in the USA WILLIAMSBURG exclusive!
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More commonly known today as cufflinks, sleeve buttons were a necessary accessory in the 18th century. These brass masonic oval sleeve buttons are reproduced from original designs inspired by Masonic symbols. Created in the spirit of 18th century Freemasons, the ancient and influential group which counted George Washington as a member, the cuff links depict five Masonic symbols, the sun, moon, hourglass, and trowel surrounding a central square and compass. This set of two well-crafted sleeve buttons is thick and substantial with sturdy links to hold sleeves together with both historic and modern style.
In the 18th century, sleeve buttons were used by both men and women. A man used the buttons to fasten his shirt at the wrist while a woman would fasten her shift just below the elbow. In Colonial Williamsburg's DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, "A Portrait of Deborah Glen" shows her wearing gold tone sleeve buttons.