Museum

Mourning ring

Mourning ring at Hertonäs Manor

The so-called mourning ring was made to commemorate the death of King Gustavus III in 1792. Only five rings were made. Vice-admiral Carl Olof Cronstedt, apparently, received the ring as a gift for his service as minister of the Navy under King Gustavus III. The ring in the museum collection is a replica.

 

Embroidery sampler

Embroidery Cloth at Hertonäs Manor

The sampler was made by Helena Fransiska Bergbom, (1854-1915). The exact year is unknown, but in those days young girls often did embroidery work. In those times girls were supposed to know, how to embroider their own initials in sheets and other textiles. The embroidery cloth was the means to practice this skill. Usually the embroidery cloths are decorated apart from numbers and letters with pictures, author’s name and a year as a date. What is interesting with Helena Bergbom’s sampler is that the umlauts, characteristic features of her native Swedish language, are missing.

 

Hand basin

Basin at Hertonäs Manor

The silver basin and jug belonged to Hedvig Charlotta Cronstedt, daughter of Carl Olof Cronstedt. Hedvig Charlotta received the basin, when she was appointed lady in waiting to the imperial court in St. Petersburg. The basin, made in Stockholm in 1811 by A. Zetelius, bears the initials HCC.

 

Teacups

Teacups at Hertonäs Manor

According to oral tradition, Carl Olof Cronstedt received the Ruotsinsalmi tea set as a gift from his officer colleagues to commemorate the 1789 battle of Ruotsinsalmi. Originally, the set comprised of five dozen teacups. The white cups are decorated with allegories of the victorious battle: a goddess of victory holds two laurel wreaths while standing before a ship sailing under the Swedish flag. The cups were imported by the Swedish East India Company and were given to Cronstedt in 1795.

 

Bed

Bed at Hertonäs Manor

The gilded bed decorated with flowers, braids, and paternoster beading belonged to the Cronstedt family. The bed measures 93 cm in height and 211 cm in length. The bed was most likely made in 1790, the same year the library chairs belonging to the same set, were made. Cronstedt procured the bed while living in Stockholm (1790–1792).