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Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93 mezzanine, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 69, shelf D, box 8
The brooch was the most important piece of jewellery in Norwegian traditional dress. There are well over 50 different names for brooches in Norwegian. Buttons and rings complemented the brooches. They are often decorated with leaf (løv) pendants, which flicker and glitter when worn. These can be very long and elaborate, looking like silver lace.
Men and women throughout Norway wore collar buttons, called halsknapper, to keep the neck of their shirt closed. A single stud button was called a stolpe- or stetteknapp, and was often decorated with a long fancy pendant. In the Gudbrandsdal valley, in central Norway, these pendants were called dingsel. Stud buttons for the collar are commonest in the north of Norway.
The elaborate filigree pendant on this dingsilknapp stud button is typical of those worn in Gudbrandsdal.
Stud button with plain circular back and the face covered with filigree rings and coil rings. In the centre of the face there is a loop from which hangs a long pendant, opening out into three chains of complex filigree motifs.
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Width: 5.0 cm, Length: 14.9 cm, Depth: 2.4 cm
Silver filigree collar stud (dingsilknapp) with long filigree pendants, Gudbrandsdal (Norway), 1800-1870.