Cufflinks

Object Number: 
2012.15ab
Date: 
ca. 1950-1960
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
Each: 7/8 x 1 x 7/8 in. (2.2 x 2.5 x 2.2 cm)
Marks: 
Each stamped on reverse: "HENRY / STEIG" and "STERLING"
Description: 
Pair of sterling silver shank-style cufflinks with rhomboid-shaped faces decorated with applied block letter cipher, "JAH," and with sterling silver swivel posts soldered to center-back of reverse sides.
Gallery Label: 
Jeweler Henry Steig (also known as Henry Anton) studied at City College, the National Academy of Design, and began his career as a New York City jazz musician, writer, novelist, cartoonist, and painter. He was the brother of New Yorker cartoonist William Steig and published fiction and other magazine features through the 1930s and 1940s. With limited writing work available during World War II, Steig became a machinist. Shortly thereafter, he and his second brother, Arthur, established Steig Products, a manufacturer of artist paints and inks. In 1949, Steig began designing jewelry and within a short time had successfully exhibited and sold his work. By 1950, he had established a shop in Provincetown, Massachusetts, where he and his wife summered and worked, and a second shop in Manhattan. Considered a modernist jeweler, Steig was part of a community of New York artists and craftsmen active in Provincetown during the 1950s and 1960s.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Stephen Borkowski in Honor of Peter J. Petas and Theodore T. Jones
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group