These cuff links carefully depict the route in seamless enamel. Backing & clasp are silver plate.
Officially licensed by the New York Transit Authority, each pair of cuff links comes gift-boxed with a Certificate of Authenticity.
It took 11 years for Tokens & Icons to become the first licensee of the New York Transit Authority in 1991. 26 years later Tokens continues to produce new styles under license to the MTA, your assurance of authenticity.
How Tokens & Icons Came to Be
Tokens & Icons was founded in 1991 when Ward Wallau was approved for a license with the New York City Transit Authority (NYCTA). This occurred eleven years after he first approached them in 1980 when they filled in the "Y" of the quarter-sized "Y-cut" subway token.
After collecting a hundred of the "Y-cut" tokens, Ward thought they might be a logical way to reincorporate the tokens into New York's daily life and celebrate them as an icon of the city's rich transit history. With his first fifty pairs of authentic New York Subway Tokens, he received positive feedback and thus began his decade-plus endeavor to secure a license.
During the eleven years, Ward had intermittent contact with the NYCTA, and finally secured permissions from the NYCTA and the authentic tokens. He and Bulova Watch were the charter licenses. Bulova chose to replicate the tokens, yet Tokens & Coins (the original name of Tokens & Icons) was able to embark with the long sought after "authentic" token.
New York City Subway Benches
Beginning in 2012, the New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority began replacing their wooden platform benches with new metal ones. The first benches were made by the Hudson Design Service in Jersey City, New Jersey, and they seated four people.
Later the design was stretched to ten feet to accommodate six travelers. Since 1987, the benches had also been manufactured by Theodore G. Bayer & Sons in Pennsylvania, which estimates that it has made roughly 4,000 of them. Since 1997, the benches had been made with high dividers to demarcate the six individual seats.