Victorian Irish Harp Cufflinks
Cool antique cufflinks dating from the late Victorian period, circa 1900, each one comprising a Celtic Harp - as featured on the coat of arms of Ireland - and a torpedo shaped piece of Connemara marble. The harps are set with panels of the green marble, and they're crafted in 9ct rose gold. They're beautifully made, finished with intricate engraved detailing and complete with a period tooled-leather presentation box.
The Celtic Harp (aka Irish harp) is known as cláirseach in Gaelic, a wire-strung instrument that requires immense skill and dexterity to play. Appearing on Irish coinage, the coat of arms, and, of course, the Guiness logo, it was traditionally associated with the Irish aristocracy. Although the origins of the instrument are unknown, Wikipedia notes that: A notched piece of wood which some have interpreted to be part of the bridge of an Iron Age lyre dating to around 300 BC was discovered on the Isle of Skye, which, if actually a bridge, would make it the oldest surviving fragment of a western European stringed instrument (although images of Greek lyres are much older).
Era: Victorian, circa 1900
Harps: 16mm by 12mm
Torpedos: 23mm by 7mm
Stones: Connemara Marble
Marks: None, tested as 9ct gold
Condition: Great antique condition
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