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  • Place of origin:

    Lund (made)
    Herrestad (worn)

  • Date:

    1747-1772 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Holmström, Lars (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stamped sheet silver, partly gilded

  • 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. This one is stamped with the monogram IHS, the first letters of the name Jesus in Greek. The Swedish word trillekors means a wheel-shaped cross.

This pendant is marked with the maker's mark LH. Lars Holmström was a silversmith who worked in Lund in the second half of the 18th century.

Physical description

Flat circular pendant stamped with the monogram 'IHS' in a border of imitation filigree, with two (originally three) pendent discs hanging from the lower edge. At the top is a hollow sphere, to which the suspension loop is attached.

Place of Origin

Lund (made)
Herrestad (worn)


1747-1772 (made)


Holmström, Lars (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Stamped sheet silver, partly gilded

Marks and inscriptions

'L H' in cursive script, in an oval frame
Mark of Lars Holmström, of Lund
On front, in centre.


Length: 10.1 cm, Width: 7.5 cm, Depth: 1.4 cm

Descriptive line

Silver pendant (trillekors), partly gilded, stamped with 'IHS', Skåne (Sweden), 1747-1772.


Silver; Silver-gilt


Jewellery; Metalwork; Christianity; Traditional jewellery (Europe)


Metalwork Collection

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