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Clasp

  • Place of origin:

    Sweden (made)
    Torna (worn)

  • Date:

    ca. 1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cast silver

  • Museum number:

    434-1886

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93 mezzanine, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 70, shelf D, 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.

A well-dressed woman from Skåne wore multiple pairs of silver clasps along the front edges of her outer clothes. Some of these were functional, and hooked into each other. Others were purely ornamental.

This small clasp is similar in shape to a bodice clasp, but fastens with a hook. Originally it probably had pendant leaves or discs hanging from the loop in the centre of each half. Its design is pure Gothic, but it is more likely to be 19th century in date.

Physical description

Small two-part silver clasp, with gilded front and cast openwork floral decoration.

Place of Origin

Sweden (made)
Torna (worn)

Date

ca. 1850 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Cast silver

Dimensions

Width: 6.2 cm, Height: 3.0 cm, Depth: 0.2 cm

Descriptive line

Small cast silver-gilt clasp with floral decoration, Skåne (Sweden), 19th century.

Materials

Silver; Silver-gilt

Techniques

Cast

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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