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    Posted 3 months ago

    Elisabethan
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    This is a 1800-century silver buckle from the South of Sweden. It is engraved and has two faceted red glass stones. They would be sawn on to the fabric to hold a shawl or cloak together. This type of jewelry was often used as bridaljewelry by the commons. I found some very similar ones in the museum. It´s not really right to post this as victorian as this isn´t english but that´s the only way to post this and show it´s age. I am certain it´s from the 1800's century, but it could be older. I have not yet been able to find out who the maker is. This buckle looks a bit "lord of the rings elf like" to me. Need to get myself a cloak...

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    1. Newfld Newfld, 3 months ago
      Gorgeous silver antique buckle Elisabeth, the stones look like beautiful garnets! Merry Christmas to you and yours - Jenni
    2. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 3 months ago
      Thankyou for your nice coment. Makes me even happier with it. Merry Christmas to you too Jenni!
    3. valentino97 valentino97, 3 months ago
      So pretty! Do you think they are glass or garnets like Jenni says? Where did you find this? It would look great sewn to a modern shawl or cloak! Merry Christmas dear friend.
    4. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 3 months ago
      Thanks! They look like garnets but I know these were always made with glass pieces as it is folk jewelry worn with traditional clothes. I would be surprised if it is garnets. It's not likely. Bought it from an antique shop's online auktion. I am always on the look out for this type of folk jewelry. There is lokal history to them and quite a lot of it was melted down and made into modern jewelry. So I feel I need to "save" them when I do find them, wear them proudly and when I am at the end of my days, I will give them to my children. If they are not interested in them I will donate them to a museum. Or both. It could be a nice thing to do with ones collecting. Merry Christmas dear friend, and thanks for paying attention and interest to my post!
    5. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 3 months ago
      Thanks to Hel 1, Vetraio50, fortapache, hunterglee, Valentino97, blunderbuss2, Freiheit, raven3766, Newfld for loving my post!
    6. lentilka11, 3 months ago
      What a beautiful piece! Love it
      In my opinion this is too big for a garnet. Garnets are usually smaller in size and darker.
    7. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 3 months ago
      Hello Lentilka, thanks! As you can see I'm quite sure it is not a garnet. It's not a question for me as I know they were almost always made from glass. I think that's a charming thing about them. The silversmiths made these for the common, not for those who had money to buy garnets and such. This was beautiful to them. Sometimes they even used red paper flowers underneath a round buckle. So anything you had could be used to make your clothes look beautiful. Still the silver puts this in fine jewelry. Even though they were simple they are hard to find today. Because they were not expensive they were melted down and made into other things with time and change of fashion. More so than very valuable jewelry that would be handed down from generation to generation. So when I find these they are historical and cultural treassures to me. I find that they carry a certain beauty :)
    8. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 3 months ago
      Thanks PhilDMorris and Lentilka for loving my post.
    9. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 3 months ago
      Thankyou Manikin!
    10. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 3 months ago
      Thanks jbingham95!
    11. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 3 months ago
      Thanks MrStyndall!

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