Steven and William Ladd, ‘Antique Cuff and Box’, 2011, Mingei International Museum
Steven and William Ladd, ‘Antique Cuff and Box’, 2011, Mingei International Museum
Steven and William Ladd, ‘Antique Cuff and Box’, 2011, Mingei International Museum

This cuff is made with 19th century antique metal beads, thread, and a contemporary tubular 24-carat gold clasp. The beads were removed from an antique silk stocking from a dear friend’s grandmother in Coconut Grove, Florida. The cuff is constructed with peyote stitch with beaded carriers on either end connecting to the clasp. The clients initals are monogramed in blue on a background of bronze colored beads. The cuff is clasped around a pinned scroll of tan trimming found at an old belt factory in Brooklyn; and contained inside of a brown synthetic-suede box lined in brown silk charmeuse. On the outside of the box you see a stitch in white linen thread that we call a scar-stitch because it reminds us of a doctor’s stitch.

Cuff dimensions: 7 1/8 x 1 1/2 x 1/4 inches.

Function and Fantasy: Steven and William Ladd. Mingei International Museum, San Diego, California. 2014. Curator Christine Knoke.

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