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Clasp

Clasp

  • Place of origin:

    Simrishamn (made)
    Herrestad (worn)

  • Date:

    1822-1859 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Ramberg, Nils, born 1789 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Sheet silver, engraved and set with red pastes

  • Museum number:

    458-1886

  • 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.

A well-dressed woman from Skåne wore multiple pairs of silver clasps along the front edges of her outer clothes. Some of these were functional, and hooked into each other. Others were purely ornamental.

Heart-shaped clasps like these were originally worn as cloak clasps, but by the 19th century they had moved to the outer jacket, and were often purely decorative. This clasp has the maker's mark NR, for Nils Ramberg, who was a silversmith in Simrishamn from 1822 to 1859.

Physical description

Two-part silver clasp made from sheet silver. Each part is heart-shaped, decorated with rocker engraved foliage, and set with a central facetted pear-shaped red paste. There is a flat loop on one part, and a corresponding hook facing forwards, with geometric decoration on its face, on the other. There are three holes on the rim of each part, for attachment.

Place of Origin

Simrishamn (made)
Herrestad (worn)

Date

1822-1859 (made)

Artist/maker

Ramberg, Nils, born 1789 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Sheet silver, engraved and set with red pastes

Marks and inscriptions

'N R' in rectangular frame.
Mark of Nils Ramberg, of Simrishamn.
On back of each part.

Dimensions

Length: 8.6 cm, Width: 3.3 cm, Depth: 1.0 cm

Descriptive line

Silver clasp set with large facetted red pastes, Skåne (Sweden), 1822-1859.

Materials

Silver; Paste

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Traditional jewellery (Europe)

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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