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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1868,0309.116

  • Description

    One of a pair of silver-gilt 'post-buttons' (1868,0309.115-6); decorated with bosses surrounded by stamped imitation twisted wire, the hemispherical top attached to a base with stem and a domed base plate, Stamped maker's marks on base plate.

  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 3 centimetres
    • Height: 3 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        maker's mark
      • Inscription Content

        SN in a rectangle with town mark of winged horse for Ystad.
      • Inscription Comment

        Possilby S. Nöbblin, Ystad, mark recorded 1895-1839 and 1847, see Sigfrid Svensson, 'Folkligt dräktsilver Ur Kulturens samlingar', Västerås 1978, p. 95
  • Curator's comments

    For 'post-buttons' see curator's comments for 1868.0309.115

  • 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

    1868,0309.116

Stud; silver; bossed head; eight large and seven small bosses; four stamps on plate.

Stud; silver; bossed head; eight large and seven small bosses; four stamps on plate.

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