Bückeburg wedding necklace

Impressive traditional costume necklace of faceted amber with silver clasp, around 1890

In the 19th century, traditional costume jewelry was a treasured possession, worn with pride and passed down from generation to generation. In some regions of Germany, heavy necklaces made of faceted amber were part of the typical wedding costume. Especially the Schaumburger Land at the foot of the Weserbergland west of Hanover was known for such jewelry, the so-called "Bückeburger Hochzeitsketten". But comparable necklaces were also worn in other areas, which can ultimately only be precisely located by their magnificent clasps. One piece of jewelry from Schaumburg is the impressive necklace presented here. Eleven very large, faceted amber beads up to six centimeters in diameter form a shimmering strand of considerable size. The ambers have a slightly irregular shape that still suggests the natural form of the stones. A large ornamental clasp made of silver with hand-embroidered attachment plates that glitter in the shine of countless glass beads holds the necklace, which weighs almost half a kilo, securely together. Its design with a central heart motif, the pair of birds and monograms is typical of the so-called Bückeburg Österten group of Schaumburg traditional costumes. The initials of the bridal couple "EM and SH" are inscribed below the pair of doves. The present piece of jewelry was property of a wealthy family of the Bückeburg region. The impressive piece of jewelry came to us from Hanover together with other pieces of jewelry from Bückeburg. Comparative examples, which date the necklace to the end of the 19th century, can be found in the standard work by Gislind Ritz: Alter bäuerlicher Schmuck, Munich 1978, pp. 73-79.

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