A Wedding in 1908

Large traditional costume jewelry parure from the Schaumburg region, dated 1908

In the 19th century, traditional costume jewelry was one of the treasured possessions that was proudly worn and passed down from generation to generation. In some regions of Germany, elaborate jewelry was part of the typical wedding and holiday costume. Especially the Schaumburg region at the foot of the Weserbergland west of Hanover was known for such jewelry, which can be precisely localized to this day due to its characteristic design language and peculiar design. Here is now a whole jewelry set from the Schaumburger Land, consisting of large earrings, a ring and large breast clasp: It is a typical wedding jewelry of the eastern part of the country around the village of Lindhorst, which the husband traditionally presented to the wife for marriage. The earrings of the set are distinguished not only by their striking size but also by their long hoops. These were necessary in order for the couple to be able to wear the expansive hoods that largely cover the ears and are traditionally part of the Lindhorst festive costume. Over the years, the black hoods became larger and more expansive. Thus also developed the earrings adapted to this format, which could then be hooked in the broad band of the hoods instead of in the earlobes. The oversized breast clasp for the Lindhorst costume, shows characteristic applications of sawn and then gilded silver with pairs of birds with a heart under a crown. Furthermore, we see the initials of the bride and groom, "EM" and "DSt" with the year of the wedding "1908". A matching wide ring with surrounding stone setting completes the well preserved set. All jewelry is crafted from chased silver and features an intricate trim of colorful glass stones and partial gold plating. This extraordinary set is the treasured possession of a wealthy family from the Schaumburg region. Comparative examples can be found in the standard work by Gislind Ritz: Alter bäuerlicher Schmuck, Munich 1978, pp. 73-79. A colored postcard from the turn of the century shows a proud wearer of the Lindhorst costume with comparable earrings and a large breast clasp.

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