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Ring brooch

Ring brooch

  • Place of origin:

    Norway (made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss E. J. Begg

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93 mezzanine, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 69, shelf C, box 11

The ring brooch was the most important piece of jewellery in Norwegian traditional dress. Ring brooches can be circular or heart-shaped, and their design dates from the Middle Ages. They differ from modern brooches in the way they fasten. The wearer pulls the cloth of the garment through the central hole, and then spears it with the pin. The greater the strain on the pin, the more secure the fastening. Ring brooches were worn throughout Norway in the 18th and 19th century. Their shape and pattern varied by district and use. They were worn by men, women, and children.

There are well over 50 different names for brooches in Norwegian. Each kind of brooch has its own distinctive name, some of which date back to the Middle Ages.

A sporesølje is a ring brooch with six protruding points, usually shaped like stylised leaves. Sporesøljer with projections shaped like faces are called glibbsøljer. They are always made of cast metal, and were mainly worn in the west of Norway, by both men and women.

Physical description

Circular cast silver-gilt ring brooch, with six projections in the shape of stylised leaves sticking out from the central ring, interspersed by small knops.

Place of Origin

Norway (made)


19th century (made)



Materials and Techniques



Depth: 0.2 cm, Diameter: 3.9 cm

Descriptive line

Silver-gilt ring brooch (sporesølje), Norway, 19th century.

Production Note

Mainly worn in the west of Norway






Jewellery; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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