Although our favorite tribute to collect in honor of our first president is greenbacks, we can’t help buying some love for Americana jewelry.
During Washington’s day, a favorite embellishment or detail on apparel and accessories was a practical monogram or cypher. Colonial artisans intertwined the letters of the alphabet to create a distinctive custom symbol.
“Such cyphers were frequently used as an embellishment. Along with the owner’s coat of arms, it identified his coach, clothing or wax seal,” say modern day artisans at Hand & Hammer Silversmiths, which produces US-made, hand-crafted sterling pieces in virtually the same manner as silversmiths did during Washington’s life.
While initials have been popular in jewelry recently, the cypher seems ideally suited to a modern American woman who may or may not use her married name and thus would have to alter her monogram once again.