STARTING YOUR OWN VINTAGE CUFFLINK COLLECTION

   Hello Fellow Vintage Cufflink Enthusiast!

   My name is David and I have been a vintage and antique cufflink collector for over 25 years. I have
   wanted to write a little piece about some of the guidelines in cufflink collecting for sometime now; ever
   since I realized I had thousands of cufflinks an no catalogued record.

   The area of vintage & antique cufflink collecting is new relatively speaking because these little ornaments,
   as we know them, have only been around for a little less than 300 years. I would imagine that gentlemen
   have been collecting them for the same amount of time for one pair is never quite enough because wearing
   them is about emotions & feelings and we or not mono-emotional creatures. I really don't want to talk so
   much about the history of the cufflink in this expression but more about how to start, catelogue and house
   a cufflink collection.

I HAVE DIVIDED THE CUFFLINK COLLECTOR INTO THREE CATEGORIES

Under 100 pair - a NOVICE collector
101 to 500 pair - a SERIOUS collector
In excess of 500 pair - a PASSIONATE collector

   I made these divides not to infer that the novice collector can not be serious or passionate about his or her    link collecting but as a means to approach the managing, storage and cataloging of various quantities of    links.

DECIDING ON THE DIRECTION OF YOUR CUFFLINK COLLECTION . . .

   When starting a cuff link collection, the novice collector is pretty much like a kid in a candy store; at least I    was in the early stages. Like with all things in life, there are exceptions for I have known a few novice    collectors that knew the exact direction they wanted their collection to go from the very start; however, most    need to investigate the possibilities before making such an important decision.

   I find that as one heads toward becoming a serious collector, one will notice that there are certains types,    styles or categories of links that he/she will feel more connected to than others. It is this inevitable    conclusion that will determine the direction of your collection. You may find that a pair that you were very    excited about when you purchased them now seem trite, crude or common. This is the normal progression    of the process and will continue to evolve as you become more knowlegeable and refine your taste.

   My suggestion concerning this process is to allow it to happen by being smart in your buying and having    an outlet for the links you have out grown or no longer want. I will talk about smart buying and outlets later.    For now I want to make you aware that vintage cufflinks span the gammit of the collectable world. Think of    a collectable and I am almost certain someone somewhere has either made a cufflink out of it or created a    miniature example for the purpose of wearing as a cufflink.

   Some examples are: Cars, paper weights, watches, paintings, buildings & monuments, money, artifacts,    stamps, porcelain, cameras, slot machines, musical instruments, pens, tools just to name a few and of    recent; computers & cell phones and the list goes on . . . and on . . .

   Some harder to find examples are: Functioning crap tables & games, cocktail shakers that shake, figural TV    sets & typewriters, traffic signals & lanterns that light, animals with moveable heads & apendages and the list    goes on . . . and on . . . and on . . .

A FEW AREAS OF CUFFLINK COLLECTING:

   Cufflinks can be collected for the sole purpose of wearing these little works of art in relation to something    personal like a hobby, an occupation or just to complete an ensamble.

   They can be collected for the purpose of aquiring examples of a specific style, closing mechanism, material,    manufacturer, technique of production or designer.

   One can also collect cufflinks to acquire examples of historical events, business advertising, famous    ownership, figural miniatures, novelty links and again, the list goes on . . . and on . . . and on . . . and on . .

   
A FEW HELPFUL TOOLS OF THE TRADE

Magnifying Glass or Jeweler Loop Ziploc Jewelry Bags Hard Plastic Gemstone Boxes Polishing Cloth For Silver & Gold

   A good magnifying glass; something relatively small and transportable. I would suggest a
   jewelers loop of 10X unless you are buying gemlinks or expensive cufflinks.

   Ziplock jewelry bags ( both 3x4 white label & 2x3 clear ) and a medium tip magic marker

   Plastic gemstone boxes which can be purchased from your local jewelry supply store.

    A rouge or polishing cloth ( one for gold and one for silver ) which can also be purchased
   from your local jewelry supply store.