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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)
    Ingelstad (worn)

  • Date:

    1855 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver filigree with blue paste

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93 mezzanine, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 70, shelf D, box 15

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 is marked with the griffin mark of Ystad, the date mark A5, for 1855, and the maker's mark JW. Jonas Wahlberg was a prolific maker of traditional jewellery, who worked in Ystad from 1834 to 1859.

Physical description

Jacket clasp consisting of 2 heart-shaped parts of open filigree attached to a sheet metal back plate, each set in the centre with a large oval faceted blue paste.

Place of Origin

Ystad (made)
Ingelstad (worn)


1855 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques

Silver filigree with blue paste

Marks and inscriptions

Mark of Jonas Wahlberg of Ystad.
On the back of each part.

Griffin in oval frame.
Town mark of Ystad.
On the back of each part.

Date mark for 1855.
On the back of each part.


Width: 7.1 cm, Height: 2.9 cm, Depth: 0.6 cm

Descriptive line

Heart-shaped silver filigree jacket clasp set with blue pastes, Skåne (Sweden), 1855.


Silver; Paste


Filigree; Faceted


Jewellery; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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