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  • Place of origin:

    Simrishamn (made)
    Järrestad (worn)

  • Date:

    1820-1866 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Flinkenberg, Anders Reinhold, born 1796 - died 1866 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stamped silver with red paste

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93 mezzanine, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 70, shelf C, box 10

Although traditional jewellery was worn throughout Sweden, and has a distinct Swedish character, there are marked differences between the different provinces. Skåne province, in the extreme south of Sweden, has the richest tradition, and more jewellery was worn there than in any other district. Almost all the Swedish traditional jewellery at the V&A comes from Skåne.

Swedish rings were usually made of thin sheet silver, often decorated with coloured glass or pendants. They were often given at marriage, but were part of the dowry wealth, not true wedding rings. The bride and groom did not exchange rings in Sweden until the late 19th century.

This ring comes from Skåne. It has the maker's mark ARF. Anders Reinhold Flinkenberg was a silversmith who specialised in traditional jewellery, who worked in Simrishamn from 1820 to 1866. The red glass stone is typical of Swedish traditional jewellery of all kinds in the 19th century.

Physical description

Ring made from a band of thin sheet silver, widening to form an oval bezel, with an overall stamped pattern, set with a facetted red paste in the centre.

Place of Origin

Simrishamn (made)
Järrestad (worn)


1820-1866 (made)


Flinkenberg, Anders Reinhold, born 1796 - died 1866 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Stamped silver with red paste

Marks and inscriptions

Mark of Anders Reinhold Flinkenberg of Simrishamn
On the back of the shank, on the outside edge.


Height: 2.5 cm, Width: 2.5 cm, Depth: 2.9 cm

Descriptive line

Stamped silver ring set with a red paste, Skåne (Sweden), 19th century.


Silver; Paste


Jewellery; Metalwork; Europeana Fashion Project


Metalwork Collection

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