Stephen Redmond has Britain's biggest collection of cufflinks
Dapper Stephen Redmond, 61, began collecting cufflinks 27 years ago after his father gave him his first pair – a square, painted gold and base metal set.
The father-of-two's obsession snowballed and he now has more than enough to wear six different sets of cufflinks everyday of the year – and still have spares.
He snapped up Ernie Wise's rare set, featuring 14 sapphires and one diamond in each cufflink, for £500 from a jewellers in Windsor, London.
Divorced Mr Redmond's £135,000 collection boasts cuff links made from banned Ivory, rubber, ruby, gold, silver, sapphire, diamond, citrine, bone, jet, onyx, shell and crystal.
He collection includes 1850 ivory and mother of pearl ones, original Playboy cufflinks from 1967, a Teddy Boy pair, art decor and reproduced buttons.
Mr Redmond, from Bath, north Somerset, estimates he has spent £135,000 on his obsession – roughly working out at £5,000-a-year.
He began collection 27 years ago after his father gave him his first pair
The most expensive pair he owns are a £1,000 pair containing 14 white diamond and blue enamel links from Russia.
I've got so many I can't possibly wear them all
But he is always on the lookout for a bargain and rifles through antique shops, goes to auctions and bids online for rare sets.
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Mr Redmond has travelled all over the world collecting cufflinks, including India, New Zealand, Russia, Bangladesh.
He said: "The average person in this country has about six pairs to wear with a dinner jacket, I've gone way over the top with 2,500.
"I just like to be elegant when I'm out. I normally have 300 pairs with me for work or social occasions.
"Because I've got so many I can't possibly wear them all.
"My kids don't want to inherit 2,500 pairs of cufflinks so I will probably gift some to the Victorian Albert museum.
He has travelled all over the world to collect the cufflinks
Ernest Wiseman, known by his stage name Ernie Wise, was an English comedian, best remembered as one half of the comedy duo Morecambe and Wise. He died in March 1999 from heart failure.
Mr Redmond says he was told by a jeweller in Windsor that Ernie's grieving widow donated the sapphire links, along with his Rolls Royce fob.
He said: "I went into the jewellers and chose six pairs to look at. The jeweller revealed a few belonged to Ernie Wise."
Mr Mr Redmond, who works as the chair of disciplinary and appeal hearings, believes cufflinks date back to 1662 when a small collection of silver ones were made to commemorate the marriage of King Charles II to Catherine of Braganza.