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Jacket clasp
  • Jacket clasp
    Wahlberg, Jonas, born 1806 - died 1859
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Jacket clasp

  • Place of origin:

    Ystad (made)
    Herrestad (worn)

  • Date:

    ca. 1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Wahlberg, Jonas, born 1806 - died 1859 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraved silver set with pastes

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93 mezzanine, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 70, shelf D, box 12

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.

Heart-shaped clasps like these were originally worn as cloak clasps, but by the 19th century they had moved to the outer jacket, and were often purely decorative. The earliest kind was made of sheet silver with engraved decoration. These continued in use after filigree became popular. This pair is marked with the maker's mark JW. Jonas Wahlberg was a prolific maker of traditional jewellery, who worked in Ystad from 1834 to 1859.

Physical description

Silver clasp, made from two trefoil-shaped parts decorated with engraved leaves, and each set with a central red pear-shaped faceted paste, with two smaller pink, and one green, pastes around it.

Place of Origin

Ystad (made)
Herrestad (worn)


ca. 1850 (made)


Wahlberg, Jonas, born 1806 - died 1859 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Engraved silver set with pastes

Marks and inscriptions

Mark of Jonas Wahlberg of Ystad, on the back of one part at the point. There is an illegible mark in the corresponding place on the other part, which may be the maker's mark again, or the griffin mark of Ystad.


Width: 8.5 cm, Height: 3.5 cm, Depth: 0.6 cm

Descriptive line

Silver jacket clasp set with coloured pastes, Skåne (Sweden), 19th century.


Silver; Paste (glass)


Engraved; Faceting


Jewellery; Metalwork; Europeana Fashion Project


Metalwork Collection

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