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Clasp
  • Clasp
    Dahlberg, Lars Johan, born 1786 - died 1841
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Clasp

  • Place of origin:

    Lund (made)
    Torna (worn)

  • Date:

    1813-1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Dahlberg, Lars Johan, born 1786 - died 1841 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver with silver filigree

  • Museum number:

    435-1886

  • 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 a very indistinct maker's mark, which is probably LD. Lars Dahlberg was a silversmith who worked in Lund from 1813 until after 1850.

Physical description

Two-part silver filigree clasp, shaped like two hearts, with a filigree dome, like a button, fastened to the centre of each part. The filigree is riveted to the back plate. There is a flat loop on one part, but the corresponding hook on the other part is missing.

Place of Origin

Lund (made)
Torna (worn)

Date

1813-1850 (made)

Artist/maker

Dahlberg, Lars Johan, born 1786 - died 1841 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver with silver filigree

Marks and inscriptions

Illegible letters in rectangular frame, probably 'L D'.
Mark of Lars Johan Dahlberg, of Lund.
Marked twice on back of each part.

Dimensions

Length: 9.9 cm, Width: 4.1 cm, Depth: 1.0 cm

Descriptive line

Silver clasp decorated with applied filigree, Skåne (Sweden), 1813-1850.

Materials

Silver

Techniques

Filigree

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Traditional jewellery (Europe)

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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