Shaken and Stirred by Cryptic Coded Cufflinks Featured in Mallams’ Sale
Lot 282 - Cufflinks reputedly once owned by Ian Fleming - styled image
Lot 282 - Cufflinks reputedly once owned by Ian Fleming - front view
Lot 282 - Cufflinks reputedly once owned by Ian Fleming - back view
An enigmatic pair of cufflinks, reputedly once owned by James Bond creator Ian Fleming, is included in Mallams’ Jewellery and Watches Sale to be held on 17 November in Oxford.
It is believed that Ian Lancaster Fleming (28 May 1908-12 August 1964) wore these cultured pearl set cufflinks (lot 282) to the ‘Dr No’ post film screening party in 1962.
The backs of the cufflinks are inscribed with different letters - 'WUS', 'SIL', 'UDH' and 'NUF' – believed to represent a so far unsolved secret code. Surely a perfect code-breaking mission for any aspiring spies out there!
Ian Fleming’s service in the Naval Intelligence Division during the Second World War, together with his experiences as a journalist, inspired much of his writing for the character of James Bond, an officer in the Secret Intelligence Service. Bond was introduced in the 1952 novel ‘Casino Royale’ and so captured the public’s imagination that Fleming penned eleven further Bond novels, two collections of short stories with subsequent adaptations for film, television and radio.
These circular cufflinks, which come to Mallams by family descent, are sure to prove popular with James Bond enthusiasts and carry an estimate of £800-£1200.
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Published: 3rd November 2021
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