These striking Unite or Die woodcut cufflinks are the perfect patriotic accessory.
Benjamin Franklin is credited with creating his "Join or Die" wood engraving of a sectioned snake. The cartoon was published in his Pennsylvania Gazette in 1754 to rally the colonies during the advent of the French & Indian War.
It later became a symbol of colonial freedom during the Revolutionary War, used in the newspaper masthead of 1774 The Pennsylvania Journal and Weekly Advertiser with different "Unite or Die" text, as seen here, and a snake cut into various pieces. Each piece is labelled with a colony, with the implied message that only by uniting the separate colonies under a single cause could the colonies hope to break from British rule.
Available in round format. Cufflink set is silver-plated. Presented in a Great Republic cufflink gift box.