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Ancient Order of Froth Blowers Cufflinks

The only other pair of these I've seen were on Butter Lane Antiques' site, and their description is amazing so I'm repeating it here (thanks Alex!)

Interesting antique cufflinks showing that the wearer is a member of the Ancient Order of Froth Blowers (AOFB), an hilarious parody - I think - of the RAOB (Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes). The latter being one of the largest fraternal organisations in the United Kingdom, founded in 1822 and known as The Buffs. The AOFB was registered as a charitable organisation, hoping "to foster the noble Art and gentle and healthy Pastime of froth blowing amongst Gentlemen of-leisure and ex Soldiers". It was founded in 1924 by Herbert Longdale Temple, an ex-soldier and curtain-merchant, initially to raise £100 (equal to £5,831 today) for the children's charities of the surgeon Sir Alfred Fripp. Fripp had saved Temple's life when he operated on his stomach, inspiring Temple to found the AOFB as a thank you.

A quote from the AOFB handbook:

"A sociable and law-abiding fraternity of absorptive Britons who sedately consume and quietly enjoy with commendable regularity and frequention the truly British malted beverage as did their forbears and as Britons ever will, and be damned to all pussyfoot hornswogglers from overseas and including low brows, teetotalers and MPs and not excluding nosey parkers, mock religious busy bodies and suburban fool hens all of which are structurally solid bone from the chin up".

This product is final sale.


  • Materials

    silver, enamel

  • Age

    c. 1920

  • Size

    18.0 x 8.7mm

  • Condition

    very good

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