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Earrings

  • Place of origin:

    Russia (made)

  • Date:

    1800-1880 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver-plated copper with metal and glass beads

  • Museum number:

    538&A-1883

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93 mezzanine, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 77, shelf B, box 1 []

Earrings were popular among all the Slav peoples. In Russia in the 16th and 17th centuries both men and women wore them, and some silversmiths worked exclusively as earring makers. By the 19th century they were only worn by women.

From the early 18th century the design of Russian earrings followed two paths. The Russian aristocracy increasingly wore earrings of international design, but the rural population kept to the old traditional patterns. This type, with three pendants of beads strung vertically on wire, was called troichatki, meaning triple. They were made by local silversmiths, who rarely marked their work. As a result, it is very difficult to tell the difference between old earrings and traditional earrings in the old style.

These earrings may be 17th century, but it is more likely that they were made in traditional style in the 19th century. They were bought from the Russian Commissioner at the Fisheries Exhibition, London, 1883. They are quite distinctive, and unlike earrings from any other country.

Physical description

Pair of hoop earrings with three wires hanging from the lower edge, strung with beads of metal, and yellow and green glass.

Place of Origin

Russia (made)

Date

1800-1880 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Silver-plated copper with metal and glass beads

Dimensions

Length: 7.9 cm, Width: 2.8 cm, Depth: 0.7 cm

Descriptive line

Pair of silver-plated earrings (troichatki) with yellow and green glass beads, Russia, 1800-1880.

Materials

Plated; Glass

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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