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1940's Vintage "God of Welcoming" Sterling Siam Hindu Ramakien Cufflinks - Niello

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These vintage cufflinks are made in sterling silver, in the traditional nielloware method. The decorated rectangle shield is rounded and measures approx. 3/4" x 1/2". The cufflinks are marked Made in Siam on the reverse side dating them to between 1945-1949 as Thailand was called Siam at that time (and regained its name of Thailand in July of 1949).

In nielloware, an artisan carves a character or pattern into the silver, leaving the figure raised by carving out the "background". They would then use the niello inlay to fill in the background. After being baked in an open fire, the alloy hardens ~ this is sanded smooth and buffed. Finally, a silver artisan would add minute details by hand.

Many of the characters shown in nielloware are characters originally found in the Hindu legend Ramayana. The Thai version is called Ramakien.

I believe the character featured in the cufflinks could be Thepanom - the God of Welcoming, which is different because I usually only see Mekkala(h), the Goddess of Lightening. A unique set with an elegantly gleaming, original patina ~ there is some wear commensurate with them dating back to the 1940's, but they still look great & are certainly ready to be worn and enjoyed!


The cufflinks set will be shipped in a sturdy box via Priority Mail.

International orders may be subject to customs fees.

All sales are final. Many thanks in advance :)

1940's Vintage "God of Welcoming" Sterling Siam Hindu Ramakien Cufflinks - Niello

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  • Vintage item from the 1940s
  • Materials: sterling silver, niello alloy
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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