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  • Place of origin:

    Ystad (made)
    Herrestad (worn)

  • Date:

    1844-1873 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lärka, Håkan, born 1815 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver with applied filigree surrounding a red paste

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Silver buttons were an important element of traditional dress throughout Europe in the 19th century. Most had a loop on the back for attachment, but in Norway and Sweden stud buttons were also used. These were mainly worn by men, at the throat, to keep their shirts closed. They were often decorated with filigree.

Swedish silversmiths often added coloured glass pastes during the 19th century. This stud has the marks of Håkan Lärka who was a silversmith in Ystad, in Skåne, in the extreme south of Sweden, in the 19th century. Skåne province has the richest tradition of jewellery, and more was worn there than in any other district. Almost all the Swedish traditional jewellery at the V&A comes from Skåne.

Physical description

Silver stud button with a domed face decorated with a filigree appliqué with a red paste in the centre.

Place of Origin

Ystad (made)
Herrestad (worn)


1844-1873 (made)


Lärka, Håkan, born 1815 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver with applied filigree surrounding a red paste

Marks and inscriptions

'H L' in rectangular frame.
Possibly the mark of Håkan Lärka, of Ystad.
Twice on back.

Illegible mark in rectangular frame.
Twice on back.


Diameter: 2 cm, Depth: 1.4 cm

Descriptive line

Silver stud button decorated on its front with filigree and a red facetted paste, Skåne (Sweden), 1844-1873.


Silver; Paste




Jewellery; Metalwork; Traditional jewellery (Europe)


Metalwork Collection

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