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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1868,0309.106

  • Description

    One of a pair of silver-gilt hanging buttons (1868,0309.106-106*); sphercal, with applied beading and twisted wire, loop for suspension and two pierced holes in top half.

  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 3 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        maker's mark
      • Inscription Content

        A.N.
      • Inscription Comment

        Not recorded in Sigfrid Svensson, 'Folkligt dräktsilver Ur Kulturens samlingar', Västerås 1978
  • Curator's comments

    For 'hanging-buttons' see curator's comments for 1868.0309.95
    Attached image shows 1868,0309.106 and 106*. For enlarged image see 1868,0309.106*

  • 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

    1868,0309.106

Button; silver-gilt; globular; filigree; six rings in each half with projecting bosses; loop for suspension in top circle; stamped mark; two holes in top half.

Button; silver-gilt; globular; filigree; six rings in each half with projecting bosses; loop for suspension in top circle; stamped mark; two holes in top half.

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