Hiddenseeschmuck

The gold treasure was found by fishermen on the isle of Hiddensee in the years 1872 and 1874. Allegedly, after several storm tides, it was washed on the beach of the island. With the collaboration of the court jeweller Ahrens (at that time owner of the jewellery shop Badenstr. 1 - since the beginning of 1900 in the possession of the company C. Stabenow) the valuable find arrived in the Stralsund museum.

The gold treasure of Hiddensee consists of the following 16 parts of jewellery with a weight of 596 g fine gold:

1 shell clip (garment clip): 8 cm diameter, 114 g
1 twisted necklace: 44 cm length, 153 g
6 different large cross-shaped hanging pieces of 6.4 x 6.4 to 6.4 x 6.7 cm size, of 34-40 g
4 different small cross-shaped hanging pieces of 4.7 x 5.0 to 4.1 x 5.4 cm size, 20-22.4 g
4 small links: 2.1 x 1.2 cm size, 5-6 g
cross motif:

Undisputed is the connection with the „Viking" animal symbolism. The animal head in the centre could be the head of an eagle or an owl. However, some scientists speak of Greek-Byzantine influences; others see an astonishing similarity to the hammer form of the God Thor (from the northern mythology).

fibula motif:

The cross in the centre can be evaluated as a Christian symbol. The Viking goldsmith art shows us finest intertwined gold wires, tender rosettes and tiny up-strewn balls of the gold granule. With some imagination one can see snakes with artfully entwined bodies. It could also be four dragon heads facing each other, whose bodies end in two-toed claws.

This is the largest discovery of Viking jewellery in Germany. It is supposed to be manufactured in the second half of the 10th century in an art centre of Jutland for a prince or the like. There are clear references to the Danish king of the Viking people, Harald Blauzahn, who reigned as the first Christian king from 940 to 986. It has also to be mentioned that in the former Viking port Haitabu (Schleswig) amazingly similar jewels respectively their moulds were found.
Early medieval Scandinavian warriors and merchants are defined as the Viking people or also as Normans. From the 8th to the 11th century expeditions, raids and conquests brought the Viking people to the coasts of West and Eastern Europe, Iceland, Greenland and North America. The “Wikingerkunst” (Viking art) expressed itself primarily in the design of jewellery and objects of utility. At first, the Germanic animal ornamental art predominated, which is later combined with plant, rue and spiral motifs. Birds of prey and quadrupeds with distorted bodies, combinations of animal heads with curl-shaped ribbon nettings as well as daemon masks are added. The increasing influence of Christianity in the 10th/11th century is reflected by the use of new symbols, e.g. cross and crucifix, lion and queue.

The fate and the origin of this jewellery are still adventurous and unsolved. The experts agree however over the fact that the "Hiddenseer Goldschmuck" can be considered as one of the most beautiful certifications of Scandinavian goldsmith art.

Traditionally since 1920, in the house Stabenow the cross motifs and the fibula motif have been produced in minimised reproductions as hanger, brooch, needle, ring, cufflink, ear jewellery and bracelet in 925/000 silver, gold plated. The pieces can also be ordered in all gold alloys. The in-house workshop is open for individual wishes. Do pass by while visiting Stralsund, call us or order simply by e-mail.