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Pair of earrings

  • Place of origin:

    Salamanca (made)

  • Date:

    1840-1870 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver

  • Museum number:

    1121&A-1873

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93 mezzanine, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 74, shelf D, box 15 []

Traditional earrings from the inland areas of Spain often show traces of very old influences, sometimes dating back to the time of Moorish rule. In their turn, some of these pieces have influenced traditional earrings in America. Many of the early settlers in Latin America came from these regions, and took their jewellery with them to the New World.

These earrings come from Salamanca. Earrings of similar shape are found among the Mapuche of Chile, and the little pendant points feature prominently on ‘charros’ dress in Mexico.

They were bought for five shillings (the pair) at the International Exhibition, London, 1872.

Physical description

Pair of flat pierced silver earrings, with four loops protruding from the lower edge, each holding a pendent point.

Place of Origin

Salamanca (made)

Date

1840-1870 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Silver

Dimensions

Length: 5.5 cm, Width: 3.7 cm, Depth: 0.5 cm

Descriptive line

Pair of flat silver earrings with four pendants, Salamanca (Spain), 1840-1870.

Materials

Silver

Techniques

Piercing

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Europeana Fashion Project; Traditional jewellery (Europe)

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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