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lacing ring

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1868,0309.52

  • Description

    One of a set of six silver lacing rings, 'maljor', (1868,0309.47-52); of openwork bossed design, with a five-pointed star-shaped motif with heart in centre, the arms ending in trefoils; stamped mark.

  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 3.1 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        maker's mark
      • Inscription Position

        front
      • Inscription Content

        IAL in a rectangle
      • Inscription Comment

        Possibly J. Aspelin the elder of Ystad, active 1761-1802, see Sigfrid Svensson, 'Folkligt dräktsilver Ur Kulturens samlingar', Västerås 1978, p. 95.
  • Curator's comments

    For 'maljors' or lacing-pins see curators comments for 1868.0309.30

    In attached group image the objects are arranged as follows from top, left to right: 47; 49; 48; 50; 51; 52 (51 and 52 also shown in AN00845755002).     For enlarged image see 1868,0309.49.

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1868

  • Acquisition notes

    'Received from the Trustees of the Christy Collection in exchange for duplicates from Haslar Hospital.' (acquisitions register for 1868,0309). For explanation see 1868,0309.4. The register also notes that these pieces were 'all from Norway'; they are all made in Sweden. Norway was still united to Sweden until 1905 which may explain the confusion.

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1868,0309.52

Ornament boss/button; silver; openwork; roughly hemispherical; central heart with five radiating lobes terminating in trefoils; stamped mark.

Ornament boss/button; silver; openwork; roughly hemispherical; central heart with five radiating lobes terminating in trefoils; stamped mark.

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