About the Artist:
Ceramic (or porcelain) jewelry has been with us for many years, and one of the most famous types is called Delftware. Delft jewelry is also called “Delft Blue,” meaning it’s always a blue and cream color (i.e., normally hand-painted blue objects on a cream or white background). Delft isn’t actually a factory, but rather a style of pottery production, and was named Delft after the Dutch city of the same name.
As for the designer, Olaf Anderson immigrated to the United States from Sweden in 1929. He founded, as president and treasurer, in 1938, the Anderson Tool & Die Company of Providence, Rhode Island, making tools and dies for the jewelry manufacturing business up until World War II (1941), when the machinery was converted into milling machines making war-production work. In 1945, when the war contracts were completed, the company started manufacturing men’s jewelry that included a new type of a collar holder and a complete line of men’s jewelry, which included cufflinks, identification bracelets, tie clips, stick pins, tie tacks, tie chains, collar holders, key devices and money clips comprised of sterling silver, gold and silver-filled metal bases. The company changed its name in 1948 to Anson, Inc.
In 1967, along with the men’s jewelry lines, women’s jewelry of stick pins, brooches/pins and silver beads were added to the manufacturing output that used rhodium, bronze and pewter along with the sterling silver, gold and silver-filled base metals. The Tiffany Company sold Anson jewelry in its department stores.
In October 1983, Anson, Inc. declared bankruptcy, emerged from a Chapter 11 reorganization and then was foreclosed on by Fleet National Bank & Fleet Credit Corporation, which sold its assets to C & J Jewelry.
With over 50 years of experience behind it, Anson jewelry embodies all the quality and craftsmanship that one expects from one of the industry’s leading U.S. manufacturers with its expertise and stringent quality control that meets and exceeds expectations for timeless, classical design quality and functionality with lifetime warranty on its costume jewelry, insuring complete customer satisfaction. C & J Jeweler is still carrying the Anson’s trademark on the costume jewelry and continues today to manufacturer the same jewelry products at the original site. It continues to service Anson’s principle customer, Tiffany, and its other customers. The company has since branched out and added additional costume jewelry, principally men’s sportsman pendants, charms, money clips, key rings, tie tacks, cufflinks, collar holders, tie clips to the Anson lines. The product lines of baby jewelry and women’s bridal brooches/pins, stick pins, and silver beads are an insignificant portion of the products produced with the Anson name today.
This vintage set of Delft men’s cufflinks was designed by Anson, Inc., in the late 1960. The porcelain on both cufflinks has been hand-painted, depicting a picturesque scene of a Dutch windmill along a river’s edge. The porcelain of these exquisite miniature paintings has been set into bright gold-tone metal. As men’s accessories, these Delft cufflinks are stunning and in excellent vintage condition.
As for the original box in which the cufflinks have been stored, it has survived the years but is covered with numerous stain spots on its top, sides and bottom. Please review accompanying photographs for condition issues.
This handsome set of Delft porcelain cufflinks would make for an excellent gift for any gentlemen seeking to spruce up his formal wear. For those who collection vintage men’s jewelry and accessories, this Anson cufflink set is a great find.