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Ring

  • Place of origin:

    Skåne (made)
    Herrestad (worn)

  • Date:

    ca. 1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stamped silver

  • Museum number:

    490-1886

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93 mezzanine, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 70, shelf C, box 9

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 a decorative border and repoussé patterns on the front, and a single pendant disc, which are all typical of Skåne. It has the maker's mark NR. There are two traditional silversmiths from Skåne who could have made it: Niklas Ramberg of Lund, active 1803-47; and Nils Ramberg of Simrishamn, active 1822-59.

Physical description

Ring made from a band of thin sheet silver widening at the front to form an oval bezel, and decorated with a repoussé pattern of hearts. At the centre, a large pendant disc.

Place of Origin

Skåne (made)
Herrestad (worn)

Date

ca. 1850 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Stamped silver

Marks and inscriptions

'NR'
Mark of unidentified maker
On the outside of the shank, in the centre of the back, at right angles to the edges.

Dimensions

Height: 2.9 cm, Width: 2.5 cm, Depth: 3.6 cm

Descriptive line

Ring made from sheet silver with a pattern of hearts on the front, and a pendant disc, Skåne (Sweden), 19th century.

Materials

Silver

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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