Jewellery of the Weserland

Antique costume necklace with silver cross, Westphalia, 2nd half 19th century.

A special feature of the traditionally Catholic regions of Westphalia is the addition of a cross to the crook necklace with its silver filigree clasp, which is also widespread in other traditional costumes. Large and splendid, it determines the neck jewellery of these regions: For example, the western Münsterland, the Emsland and the Osnabrück area. At the same time, the present cross still shows baroqueizing forms, as was to be the case in Westphalian traditional costumes until the end of the 19th century. The reason for this is that traditional costume jewellery was often formally oriented towards courtly jewellery - but the forms in rural areas naturally only became established with a time delay before they finally formed their own variations. Westphalian costume was also influenced by Frisian and Dutch jewellery, as Holland in particular was also a production centre. Here we see the necklace of Westphalia in a particularly splendid version, on five strands of faceted garnet beads. It is very well preserved. For necklaces of this type, see Gislind Ritz: Alter bäuerlicher Schmuck, Munich 1978, p. 47, and Figs. 82 and 83.

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