Where does the word ‘cuff-links’ come from ?

hi everyone,

I have just read a book title “Cuff Links”. This book is written by Susan Jonas and Marilyn Nissenson. My personal review on this book is that it covers a wide range of cuff links from 17th century till today. Different materials used and the designer who made the a pair of cuff links really determine the value of of the cuff links.

One interesting fact about cuff links is in the 19th century, men’s wore shirts with starched collars,cuff and shirt front. Since they wore stiffed shirts, manufacturers cleverly thought that a sleeve fastener would be easier to push through than a conventional button. Hence, a common solution was to use a metal chain or link fastener to fasten the cuffs. Therefore, what have you -> “a cuff-link”!

Another interesting picture which I saw, was a 3-dimensional looking cuff links which is totally flat when you view it side way. It creates a 3-dimensional effect which decieve your eyes at first glance.

By the way, there is only 1 copy left in the Singapore National library. ( yes, you are right now is with me, but I am going to return in the couple of days.)

Adwin
“Cast a World of Cuffs”