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Tiffany clasp

Unknownfirst half of the 19th century

Museum Europäischer Kulturen, National Museums in Berlin

Museum Europäischer Kulturen, National Museums in Berlin

In the 18th century, the white collars previously worn around the neck for adornment were replaced by black tiffany shawls. In the course of the 19th century, the smaller, flat, disc-shaped clasps initially used to tie the ends of the shawls together at the throat then developed into large, decorative tiffany clasps. Their functionality increasingly receded into the background. They were frequently given as engagement gifts. Schwäbisch Gmünd, the town where this clasp was made, has been the leading southern German centre for the production of filigree jewellery since the end of the 17th century.

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  • Title: Tiffany clasp
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: first half of the 19th century
  • Location: Dachau, Bavaria, Germany
  • rights: Text: © <a href="http://www.henschel-verlag.de/koehler-und-amelang/home">Koehler & Amelang Verlag in der Seemann Henschel GmbH & Co. KG</a><a href="http://www.smb.museum/en/museums-and-institutions/museum-europaeischer-kulturen/home.html">Museum Euopäischer Kulturen, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin </a>/ und die Autoren Photo: © Museum Euopäischer Kulturen, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Ute Franz-Scarciglia
  • inventory number: A(30C128)
  • Physical Dimensions: w12 x h7 x d5,5 cm
  • Type: Object
  • Medium: silver, partially gilded, filigree technique, red and blue stones

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