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Clasp

Clasp

  • Place of origin:

    Skåne (made)
    Herrestad (worn)

  • Date:

    1820-1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver set with red and blue pastes, and decorated with applied filigree

  • Museum number:

    455-1886

  • 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. Clasps decorated with filigree were a speciality of the silversmiths in Lund and Ystad. This clasp is marked with the letters AA, but it is not known who made it.

Physical description

Two-part silver filigree clasp, shaped like two hearts, set with three facetted blue pastes surrounding a pear-shaped red paste on each part. The filigree is riveted to the back plate. There is a flat loop on one part, and a corresponding hook facing forwards, with geometric decoration on its face, on the other.

Place of Origin

Skåne (made)
Herrestad (worn)

Date

1820-1850 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Silver set with red and blue pastes, and decorated with applied filigree

Marks and inscriptions

Illegible letters in a rectangular frame, possibly 'A A'.
Mark of unidentified maker.
Marked twice on back of each part.

Dimensions

Length: 7.9 cm, Width: 3.2 cm, Depth: 0.6 cm

Descriptive line

Silver clasp decorated with applied filigree and set with red and blue pastes, Skåne (Sweden), 1820-1850.

Materials

Silver; Paste

Techniques

Filigree

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Traditional jewellery (Europe)

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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