This is an antique key from Tibet, made of bronze with a nice dark patination to it. The decorative elements are cut deeply and dramatically into the silver. The bracelet has a bit of flexibility to it so opens a little wider if needed when slipping it on. It has a wire work background with decorative elements soldered onto it, decorated with enamelling. The graceful and imaginative decorations are hammered and pierced beautifully.
The bracelet weighs 122 grams which is double that of many other types of bracelets from the area. This is quite a large sized bracelet measuring 2 1/4 inches by 2 3/4 inches across on the inside with a 1 inch wide opening. This is a very appropriate pair of antique silver Chinese bracelets during the year of the dragon as they are decorated with images of dragons. These are always beautifully etched with expressive designs.
This is an absolutely wonderful ring from China with beautiful art work on it. It is one decorated piece of silver that has been curved into a ring shape.
You can see gold rings of the same shape on page 166 of "A World of Rings".
Here is an unusual and very collectible Pyu bronze ring from Burma.
These are real, old, silver pieces of flower money though, each pierced (long ago) for hanging.
The tallest part of the bracelets is slightly over 7/8 inch while the shortest is 5/8 inch. This is solid silver that is thickest at the ridge around the middle.
I have a number of new items including about a dozen bracelets which have just been added below with various pendants and necklaces - - and click on the images to see a full size picture of each item... #2 is a pair of hairpins, very similar to each other though one has a single pin and the other has a pair. The pins also have tiny spoon shapes at the ends - I wonder if they were a cleaning tool as well? Somehow this has a contemporary quality to it as well. Any time I try one on, fastening it at my waist, I wish that such romantic items were a part of our culture as well. Nice old ones like these (and many other items) are becoming scarce now so I was happy to find these.
The top image is that of an eye decorated with lines that make me think of a star.
It is heavily patinated and a few hundred years old.
to ask questions or place an order please email me at: [email protected] There are some lovely antique enamelled hairpins illustrated here. The butterfly decoration is slightly over 1 1/4 inches tall.
This necklace looks like an antique piece but is simply a vintage one manufactured in a largely traditional way. The lid screws off (in the opposite direction that is natural in the Americas and in Europe) and a small scoop is attached to the lid. Hairpin #2 is a delicate small butterfly with wings carved from green jade.
The pendant from top of lion to bottom of central pendant is 1 1/2 inches tall. This is a good sized bracelet, too large for my 6 inch wrist. This bracelet is similar to the one above but not exactly the same. The opening is 1 inch wide so the wearer's hand has to slip through that. They each have a chakra, a sun sign stamped into them representing the god Vishnu. The butterfly is a little over 1 3/4 inches across and the entire piece is 6 1/2 inches tall. They come from a collection so were originally bought a number of years ago.