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Clasp

Clasp

  • Place of origin:

    Ystad (made)
    Herrestad (worn)

  • Date:

    1834-1859 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Wahlberg, Jonas, born 1806 - died 1859 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Sheet silver with silver filigree applique set with red and green pastes

  • Museum number:

    447-1886

  • 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 pair has the maker's mark JW. Jonas Wahlberg was a silversmith who worked in Ystad from 1834 to 1859.

Physical description

Two-part silver filigree clasp, shaped like two hearts, set with a large pear-shaped red paste in the centre of each part, and three smaller circular green and red pastes round it. The filigree is clipped to the back plate at the sides. There is a flat loop on one part, and a corresponding hook facing forwards, with geometric decoration engraved on its face, on the other.

Place of Origin

Ystad (made)
Herrestad (worn)

Date

1834-1859 (made)

Artist/maker

Wahlberg, Jonas, born 1806 - died 1859 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Sheet silver with silver filigree applique set with red and green pastes

Marks and inscriptions

'J.W' in rectangular frame.
Mark of Jonas Wahlberg, of Ystad.
Marked twice on back of each part.

'III' and 'VII'
Part marks
Scratched on the back, one on each part.

Dimensions

Height: 4.0 cm, Width: 9.7 cm, Depth: 0.5 cm

Descriptive line

Silver filigree clasp set with red and green pastes, Skåne (Sweden), 1834-1859.

Materials

Silver; Paste

Techniques

Filigree

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Traditional jewellery (Europe)

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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