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Necklace
  • Necklace
    Dahlberg, Gabriel, born 1814 - died 1893
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Necklace

  • Place of origin:

    Lund (made)
    Harjager (worn)

  • Date:

    1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Dahlberg, Gabriel, born 1814 - died 1893 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver and filigree, set with pastes

  • Museum number:

    381-1886

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93 mezzanine, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 71, shelf B, box 4

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.

The most popular necklace was a choker, made of several chains fastened at the front with a large decorative snap clasp. These are often decorated with filigree and coloured pastes. Swedish traditional jewellers made lavish use of coloured glass. Red was the most popular colour, as everywhere in Europe. These traditional necklaces often have a small pendent heart at the front.

The clasp on this necklace has a full set of Swedish silver marks. It is marked with the Swedish 'cat's paw' standard mark, the three towers mark of Lund, the date letter U4, for 1850, and the maker's mark GD. Gabriel Dahlberg was a silversmith who specialised in traditional jewellery, who worked in Lund from 1845 to 1893.

Physical description

Choker consisting of two (originally three) panzer chains, with a large rectangular snap clasp at the front. The clasp is decorated with filigree tracery and set with 13 faceted red pastes, the central pear-shaped one surrounded by eight smaller pastes, with a larger circular paste in each corner. A pendent heart-shaped red paste is hung from the lower edge.

Place of Origin

Lund (made)
Harjager (worn)

Date

1850 (made)

Artist/maker

Dahlberg, Gabriel, born 1814 - died 1893 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver and filigree, set with pastes

Marks and inscriptions

'GD'
Mark of Gabriel Dahlberg of Lund
On the centre of the back, in a cross formation with the other marks.

3 towers.
Town mark for Lund.
On the centre of the back, in a cross formation with the other marks.

'U4'
Date mark for 1850.
On the centre of the back, in a cross formation with the other marks.

3 crowns
Mark for 830 standard silver, Sweden.
On the centre of the back, in a cross formation with the other marks.

cornucopia
Scratched on back.

Dimensions

Length: 39.5 cm, Width: 6.4 cm, Depth: 1.0 cm

Descriptive line

Silver neck chain (halslås) with decorative filigree clasp set with red pastes, Skåne (Sweden), 1850.

Materials

Silver; Pastes

Techniques

Filigree

Subjects depicted

Cornucopia; Heart

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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