Jacket clasp

Lärka, Håkan

The Victoria and Albert Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum

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 town mark, which may be the griffin mark of Ystad. They also have the maker's mark HL. Håkan Lärka was a silversmith who worked in Ystad from 1844 to 1873.

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  • Title: Jacket clasp
  • Creator: Lärka, Håkan
  • Date Created: 1845/1854
  • Location: Ystad
  • Physical Dimensions: Width: 8.9 cm, Height: 3.7 cm, Depth: 0.8 cm
  • Medium: Silver and filigree, set with pastes

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