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Jacket clasp

  • Place of origin:

    Ystad (made)
    Järrestad (worn)

  • Date:

    ca. 1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lärka, Håkan, born 1815 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver and filigree, set with pastes

  • Museum number:

    448-1886

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93 mezzanine, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 70, shelf D, box 13

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. Clasps decorated with filigree were a speciality of the silversmiths in Lund and Ystad. This pair has a very indistinct town mark, which may be the griffin mark of Ystad. They also have the maker's mark HL. Håkan Lärka was a silversmith who worked in Ystad from 1844 to 1873.

Physical description

Jacket clasp consisting of two heart-shaped parts decorated with a tracery of filigree and set with red and green pastes, with a filigree and paste button in the centre of each.

Place of Origin

Ystad (made)
Järrestad (worn)

Date

ca. 1850 (made)

Artist/maker

Lärka, Håkan, born 1815 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver and filigree, set with pastes

Marks and inscriptions

'HL'
Mark of Håkan Lärka of Ystad. Marked twice on the back of each part, near the hook.

illegible town mark
Probably Ystad
On the back of each part, near the tip.

Dimensions

Width: 8.9 cm, Height: 3.7 cm, Depth: 0.8 cm

Descriptive line

Heart-shaped silver jacket clasp decorated with filigree and coloured pastes, Skåne (Sweden), 19th century.

Materials

Silver; Paste

Techniques

Filigree; Faceted

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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