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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cuff linkn: 39 mm 26 mm, .01kg
- cuff links and costume (personal accessories), epidemics (plague) costume (personal accessories), cuff links and epidemics (plague)
- Hull Grundy, A.