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  • Place of origin:

    Altes Land (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1845 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver beads, with silver-gilt filigree clasp set with pastes

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93 mezzanine, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 71, shelf C, box 1

Traditional necklaces from the area around Hamburg are the most impressive in Germany.

They were worn for show at church on Sundays, rather than for everyday wear. Women wore them over their outer clothes, and sometimes used pins to keep the separate tiers lying smoothly in place. They wore their hair piled high on top of their head, wrapped in cloth and ribbons, so that the decorative clasp could be seen clearly at the nape of the neck.

Many of these necklaces were betrothal or wedding gifts, and often carry the initials of the bridal pair or the name of the bride, together with the date, on the back of the clasp. These inscriptions are almost always scratched or stippled by the bride or groom themselves, not professionally engraved. They are often so worn, as here, that they are now difficult to read. This necklace has ‘F Magt H Rieg 1845’ stippled faintly on the back of the clasp.

Physical description

Necklace of six graduated rows of plain silver beads fastened by a decorative snap clasp. The clasp has a filigree oval on its front, decorated with discs and granules and four turquoise pastes, with a filigree crown above.

Place of Origin

Altes Land (made)


ca. 1845 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silver beads, with silver-gilt filigree clasp set with pastes

Marks and inscriptions

'F Magt H Rieg 184...'
Presumably the name and date of the original owner
Stippled on back of clasp.


Length: 79 cm, Depth: 1.5 cm, Width: 5.5 cm

Descriptive line

Necklace of silver beads with a silver-gilt filigree clasp set with turquoise pastes, Altes Land (North Germany), 19th century.


Silver; Silver-gilt; Paste




Jewellery; Metalwork; Europeana Fashion Project


Metalwork Collection

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