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Ring

  • Place of origin:

    Skåne (made)
    Herrestad (worn)

  • Date:

    1800-1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stamped silver-gilt sheet

  • Museum number:

    472-1886

  • 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.

Swedish rings were usually made from a band of thin sheet silver. In Skåne, this band was often stamped with geometric or floral patterns, and was sometimes also decorated with coloured glass or pendants. These rings were generally given at marriage, but were part of the dowry wealth, not true wedding rings. The bride and groom did not exchange rings in Sweden until the late 19th century.

Physical description

Ring made from thin gilded sheet silver, widening at the front to form a bezel with pointed top and bottom, with an overall stamped pattern. There is a small loop in the centre of the front, from which hangs a round, slightly concave, disc of silver-gilt, with a stamped pattern round its rim.

Place of Origin

Skåne (made)
Herrestad (worn)

Date

1800-1850 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Stamped silver-gilt sheet

Dimensions

height: 35 mm, width: 23 mm, depth: 27 mm

Descriptive line

Silver-gilt band ring with pendent disc, Skåne (Sweden), 1800-1850.

Materials

Silver-gilt

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Traditional jewellery (Europe)

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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