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  • Place of origin:

    Kristianstad (made)
    Herrestad (worn)

  • Date:

    1753-1804 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Vogt, Hans Petter, born 1726 - died 1804 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stamped sheet silver

  • Museum number:


  • 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.

When Sweden became Protestant in 1527, Swedish women continued to wear crosses rich with symbolism and religious pendants like their medieval predecessors. These round pendants were also called 'crosses', and had a strong religious character. The Swedish word trillekors means a wheel-shaped cross. This one is stamped with the monogram IHS, the first letters of the name Jesus in Greek. The angel's head with wings attached, on the front, and the hollow ball beneath the suspension loop at the top, are both typical of Swedish traditional jewellery.

This pendant has a worn maker's mark, possibly HPV. Hans Petter Vogt was a member of a family of silversmiths working in Kristianstad in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Physical description

Flat circular pendant with a stamped design of the initials 'IHS', with a winged angel's head plaque superimposed. Two (originally three) pendent discs hang from the lower edge. At the top is a hollow sphere, to which the suspension loop is attached.

Place of Origin

Kristianstad (made)
Herrestad (worn)


1753-1804 (made)


Vogt, Hans Petter, born 1726 - died 1804 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Stamped sheet silver

Marks and inscriptions

Partial initials, probably 'H P V'.
Mark of Hans Petter Vogt, of Kristianstad (probably).
On front.


Length: 10.8 cm, Width: 8.7 cm, Depth: 1.5 cm

Descriptive line

Silver pendant (trillekors) stamped with IHS, Skåne (Sweden), 1753-1804.



Subjects depicted



Jewellery; Metalwork; Christianity; Traditional jewellery (Europe)


Metalwork Collection

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