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  • Place of origin:

    Altes Land (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1888 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver filigree 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 3

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.

This necklace has the inscription 'A. Hadler 1888' stippled on the back of the clasp.

Physical description

Necklace of five graduated rows of silver filigree beads, fastened by a decorative snap clasp. Silver-gilt clasp with an oval of filigree on the front, decorated with coil rings, lozenges, granules and a ring of turquoise pastes round a central garnet-coloured paste with two further garnet pastes, with a crown of coil rings above.

Place of Origin

Altes Land (made)


ca. 1888 (made)



Materials and Techniques

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

Marks and inscriptions

'A. Hadler 1888'.
Presumably the name and date of the original owner.
Stippled on back of clasp.


Length: 88 cm, Depth: 1.0 cm, Width: 6.2 cm

Descriptive line

Necklace of silver filigree beads with a silver-gilt clasp, Altes Land (North Germany), c.1888.


Silver; Silver-gilt; Paste



Subjects depicted



Jewellery; Metalwork; Europeana Fashion Project


Metalwork Collection

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