Difference Engine Watch Gear Cufflinks in Solid Bronze 3/4" (1.9cm) Steampunk
In the 1820's, Charles Babbage designed an elaborate and beautiful mechanical calculating machine, which he named the Difference Engine. It actually remained unbuilt until the 1990's, when Bruce Sterling and William Gibson wrote a novel of of the same name. The era of Steampunk was born - their book proposed an alternative history where Babbage's engine HAD been built, and the world from 1825 forwards was based on brass and clockwork instead of silicon and bytes.
These gorgeous Proto-Industrial Steampunk cufflinks are molded in Bronzclay from a vintage watch movement. Then they are kiln fired to capture all the period detail of delicate gears and tiny screw. The nano particles of metal in the clay fuse to create SOLID metal cufflinks, not clay with a metal coating. The bronze cufflinks backs are soldered on, then all is patinated and repolished to bring out the detail of the intricate workings.
Quite substantial, each one weighs about as much as as three pennies, and is about 3/4" (20mm) in diameter. They are geekery at it's elegant best, a witty nod to steampunk yet suitable for the most formal occasion through their excellence in both materials and fabrication.
- 3/4" Solid bronze cuff links
- Soldered on backs
- Also available in fine silver with sterling backs
- Hand made to order
If you like, a date can be added to the backs for an additional 20.00. (Please see photos)
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