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Bodice fasteners

Bodice fasteners

  • Place of origin:

    Skåne (made)
    Herrestad (worn)

  • Date:

    1820-1840 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver

  • Museum number:

    542&A, B, E-1886

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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.

Bodice fasteners originated in the Middle Ages, as a way of fastening the front opening of the bodice. Women made holes on either side of the bodice, and then laced them together with a cord running through the holes, in the same way that people still lace their shoes. Because of their prominent position on the front of the costume, the holes were often decorated with embroidery, or replaced with silver eyelets or bodice fasteners, like these.

Many of the designs used in Skåne bodice fasteners have remained unchanged for generations. These bodice fasteners are in the medieval style, although they were probably made in the early 19th century. They have no marks.

Physical description

Set of four (originally six) circular silver bodice fasteners. Each consists of a ring of wire with an openwork motif, of two interlocking loops of wire with a cast plaque in the centre, partly covering the central space.

Place of Origin

Skåne (made)
Herrestad (worn)

Date

1820-1840 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Silver

Dimensions

Diameter: 2.0 cm, Depth: 0.6 cm

Descriptive line

Set of four (originally six) circular silver bodice fasteners (maljor), Skåne (Sweden), 1820-1840.

Materials

Silver

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Traditional jewellery (Europe)

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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