Two gold cuff links, Russia, 1894-1918

1894-1918 in Russia
Peter Carl Fabergé

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Two cuff links, gold, showing plague bacillus, perhaps by Faberge, c. 1900

Plague is an infectious disease caused by bacteria. These cufflinks contain pictures of two different strains of these bacteria. The names of the strains are engraved on the back. The plague-causing bacteria were discovered in 1894. It is believed that these cufflinks were made by Fabergé, the celebrated Russian jeweller. The use of these images on the cufflinks suggests the pride taken in the discipline of bacteriology.


Public Health & Hygiene
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celluloid, ? material, gold, paper
cuff linkn: 39 mm 26 mm, .01kg
cuff links, costume (personal accessories), epidemics (plague) costume (personal accessories), cuff links, epidemics (plague)
Hull Grundy, A.
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