Ochsenfurt splendour

Large necklace of the Ochsenfurt Gautracht, around 1870

In the 19th century, traditional costume jewellery belonged to the treasured possessions of the rural population, worn with pride and passed on from generation to generation. The region of the Ochsenfurt Land in Lower Franconia is one of the richest traditional costume landscapes in Germany and to this day the tradition is kept alive in numerous associations. In addition to elaborate clothing, numerous pieces of jewellery are also part of the complete festive outfit, which bear witness to the prosperity of the fertile region. Among the characteristic pieces of jewellery of the so-called Gautracht are elaborately worked, multi-part neck hangings. They always develop from a cross pendant with small suspensions, which is preceded by an oval ornamental piece in the manner of a brooch. Crossed silver chains accompany the decorative elements. Small suspensions, the so-called bells, further enrich the design. Precious pieces like this were always a gift from the groom to his bride and in the late 19th century often cost 60 to 100 gold marks. Such a pendant necklace of the Ochsenfurt Gautracht is presented here. The cross of embossed gold plate shows a rich trimming of Bohemian garnets and two pearls. The baroque formal language is still completely in the tradition of Biedermeier foam goldwork. Comparable pieces can be found in Gislind Ritz: Alter bäuerlicher Schmuck, Munich 1978, p. 103 ff.

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If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.