Accession number: 11.4.12A-B
Date: 1820 – 1871
Materials: Metal; silver
Measurements: 1.6 cm L x 1.25 cm WDimension are for each face of the cufflink. The silver links connecting the two faces are 1.75 cm
Marks/Label: There is an initial on each oval face of the cufflinks - R on one face and JJ on the other. On the back of one face of each cufflink there is the mark MSB and another punchmark and the other face of each cufflink there are two other punchmarks - and H and possibly a lion.
Narrative: Michael Septimus Brown was a silversmith and jeweller; b. 22 Dec. 1818 in Halifax, N.S., son of William Brown and Joanna Bessonett, née Stairs; d. unmarried on 29 Nov. 1886 in Halifax.
Michael Septimus Brown was a cousin of the noted chronometer-maker, Richard Upham Marsters, Brown was apprenticed in 1833 to the talented silversmith and goldsmith, Peter Nordbeck. In 1840 Brown established an independent jewellery and silver business in Halifax; Brown was able to attract many of Nordbeck’s customers following the latter’s death in 1861, and in new quarters the firm became the most prominent enterprise of its type in Halifax.
Description: Two oval double faced stirling silver cufflinks. The faces of each cufflink have initials - an "R" on one face and "JJ" on the other. There is a chased line around each face near the edge. The two faces of each cufflink are secured by a silver link.
History of Use: Crafted by Michael Septimus Brown, a jeweller and silversmith of Halifax. The ingraving on each cufflink may suggest that they were given as a gift.