Sunday, January 31, 2010


These cufflinks date back to the 1952 CIO labor strike. After doing some research we found out that this strike by the steelworkers resulted in President Harry S. Truman nationalizing the steel industry. In a landmark US Supreme court decision Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. v. Sawyer it was determined that the president did not have the authority to nationalize the steel industry. The net effect was a huge win for the striking steelworkers.

What this means to you as a collector / dealer is a little research will sometimes reap great rewards. These cufflinks commemorating that period of time are reasonably valuable. I purchased these in an old box of jewelry for $5.00. The cufflinks themselves (after noting the story in the advertisement) brought $35.00 all by themselves. All of this added to some scrap gold and costume jewelry netted over $75.00. Not bad for a little reasearch. This is definately a CASH it in!!!

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