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Brooches - Mr Grins, Latvian Costume, Esslingen, Germany, circa 1945 Object Reg. No: SH 980213

Set of three traditional Latvian brooches made by Mr Grins, in 1945, in Esslingen, Germany. Esslingen was the largest Latvian Displaced Persons camp, with over 6,000 Latvians living there and maintaining their national traditions. It was a close-knit community with its own school, theatre, sports clubs and cultural activities. In 1947 it also held the first Latvian Song Festival outside of Latvia.
Set of three identical round metal brooches in descending size from large to small. Each brooch is slightly convex with scalloped decorative edging, and a hollow centre across which lays a straight pin, hinged at one side. The outer ring of each brooch is etched with stripes and a decorative rope effect runs around the inner edge.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Anita Apinis-Herman, 1998
Discipline: History

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Tagged with: immigration, handcrafts, cultural identity, clothing accessories, latvian communities, latvian immigration, metalcraft, displaced persons
Themes this item is part of: Clothing & Textiles Collection
Primary Classification: CULTURAL IDENTITY
Secondary Classification: Ethnicity - Clothing
Tertiary Classification: regional costume
Maker: Grins, Mr., Esslingen, Germany, circa 1945
Place & Date Used: Esslingen, Germany, circa 1945

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