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Lot 57Tuesday 26 Nov, 2019 - 10.00am
A late 18th Century / early 19th Century Norwegian silver gilt Brudekrone or Bridal Crown, with six shaped and pierced hinged panels, surmounted by ball finials hung with leaves, embossed with flowers inset with red facet cut stones, and standing figures within oval cartouche, on a trellis ground, interspersed with ball finials surmounted by birds suspending leaves, the base with a ring of padded cloth, 7ins x 6ins x 6.25ins high, Bergen, unidentified makers mark (gross weight 30oz)
Note: Wedding crowns in Scandinavia were worn by brides of all social strata. In Norway, bridal crowns were mainly used in the west. They were always expensive, and were handed down as heirlooms in wealthy farming families. Brides from poorer families borrowed them from their richer neighbours. They were known by the name of the farm or parish where they were kept.
These crowns are full of symbolic values. The crown itself recalls the crown of the Virgin, and represents purity or virginity. The birds at the top of each hinge may be cockerels, which are an old symbol of fertility.