Created by
SWANK, American, founded 1897
Worn by
De Shields, André, American, born 1946
Date
1982
Medium
metal, rhinestone and hot-melt adhesive
Dimensions
H x W x D: 3 1/2 × 1 1/2 × 1 in. (8.9 × 3.8 × 2.5 cm)
Description
Cuff links from Ain't Misbehavin' costume ensemble for Act II worn by André De Shields during the 1982 NBC TV special. The head of the cufflink has a central brown rhinestone surrounded by smaller yellow rhinestones to look like a flower. A pattern of metal surrounds the central flower in leaf designs and ends in an outer circle of yellow rhinestones. The head connects to a metal mesh chain that ends in a metal loop to connect to the cuff link. Both metal loops are attached to the chain by hot melt adhesive. The head also connects to the post and a toggle closure. Both heads are attached to the toggle closure by hot melt adhesive. The manufacturer's name is inscribed on the base of the toggle, [SWANK / FO]. One of the cuff links, (.1a) metal chain has completely broken and is reattached by metal wire. However, the metal wire has multiple areas of loss and the cufflink is fragile.
Place used
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Classification
Clothing-Costume
Adornment
Type
cuff links
Topic
Actors
Broadway Theatre
Clothing and dress
Costume
Entertainers
Musical Theatre
Television
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of André De Shields
Object number
2018.1.2.6.1ab
Restrictions & Rights
Unknown - Restrictions Possible
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd501cd902e-edfc-4cb6-a2ef-66ef5790d741
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