I have run out of room on this page. Clicking on the above image will take you to page #2 with a list of items from Burma, Thailand, Laos, Indonesia and Timor.
CH858. Here is a typical antique hammered silver bracelet from China. It is meant to carry luck with the wearer. I always like seeing the silver on the inside of the bracelet where the seam shows from the folding of the piece into a tube, and then wrinkles are created when it is curved into shape. A lovely unpredictable texture to contrast with the very deliberate hammered decoration on the outside. The bracelet is 2 inches by 2 1/4 inches on the inside with a 7/8 inch wide opening. The silver discs that cover the ends of the bracelet have been filed down around the edges - fairly recently. Perhaps the edge rubbed against the arm of the wearer and someone decided to soften it. $145.US.
CH859. This necklace looks like an antique piece but is simply a vintage one manufactured in a largely traditional way. The pendant is a container. 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. The lid has an enamelled blue lion standing on the top. The pendant has flowers on one side, and good wishes written on the other. Two lotus blossums hang as pendants. The central pendant has been added on more recently, perhaps one had been lost over the years. It is a Christian token and can easily be taken off and something else substiuted there - a blue bead might be a nice addition instead. The necklace chain is 20 inches long and has a hook closure on it. The pendant from top of lion to bottom of central pendant is 1 1/2 inches tall. The necklace sits very nicely and is very attractive. $185.US.
CH863. This rather wonderful old necklace (though newly restrung) came from the province of Kalinga, in the Philippines. It may have originated in North Luzon. I am more familiar with the same style done longer ago with pieces of shell rather than silver as one can see on page 327 of "A World of Necklaces". The author writes "A ceremonial sipatal worn by the women, is made up of butterfly shaped bissin mother of pearl elements threaded on a cord of pineapple fibre and hung on a necklace of extremely fine glass beads." The piece that I have for sale is more of the age of 50 years or so and used ceremonially. When held by the beaded strap (as in the photo) the entire piece measures 17 inches in length. You can also see similar pieces in "Power and Gold: Jewelry from Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines" pages 307-308. $880.US. (sold)
CH866. I have a group of silver discs from Central and West Timor, Indonesia, often worn by the Atoni. These have been worn for many years as forehead ornaments by warriors sometimes sewn onto a head cloth, and at other times two pieces would be connected by a string of small beads. Large discs were often strung unto cords and hung around the neck. Certain designs are also worn by women after birth, especially those with a crescent design. Check pages 297-299 of "Power and Gold: Jewelry from Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines." This antique silver disc is 3 1/2 inches across, quite thick and substantial feeling and carefully hammered with a round protrusion surrounded by little pounded dots and hammered spots. It has an oval stringing hole. $185.US.
CH872. Here is another attractive silver Hmong spirit lock from Laos. This piece has not been polished and will gleam beautifully even if rubbed by the fingers for a while. Right now the design is not showing as well as it should. The top portion from the outside of one arm to the other is 3 5/8 inches wide. The rectangular pendant part is 2 1/2 inches across, and the entire piece is 2 5/8 inches tall. It can be traditionally hung by a chain or by a cord. I wear mind suspended by a simple black cord that I can just slip over my head. $255.US.
CH875. You can see this style of silver bracelet on page 264 of "A World of Bracelets". They are described as "Golden Triangle, Burma. These cuffs have braided wires and applied elements decorated with repousse." These are very attractive with their complex designs and graceful shape. This is a good sized bracelet, too large for my 6 inch wrist. The oval inside of the bracelet measures 2 5/8 inches by 2 inches across. The opening is 1 1/4 inches wide but can be carefully squeezed to be a little narrower and tighter. The band of the bracelet is 1 1/8 inches wide. $210.US.
CH876. You can see this style of silver bracelet on page 264 of "A World of Bracelets". They are described as "Golden Triangle, Burma. These cuffs have braided wires and applied elements decorated with repousse." These are very attractive with their complex designs and graceful shape. This bracelet is similar to the one above but not exactly the same. It measures 2 1/2 inches by 2 1/8 inches on the inside with a 1 inch wide opening. The band of the bracelet is 1 1/4 inches wide. $210.US.
CH880. This is a very heavy silver Timor bracelet in its traditional shape. This is an antique that has been well worn softening the finish over years. This is best for a flat wrist, not a round one. The inside measures 1 3/4 inch by 2 3/4 inch across on the inside. The opening is 1 inch wide so the wearer's hand has to slip through that. This is quite a sculptural item. 155 grams $465.US.
CH884. Most of what I sell is wearable but every once in a while I add some pieces just because I find them attractive as well as great cultural references. Here is some antique money from the Kingdom of Thailand. These are known as Pod Duang (bullet money). The group of bahts weighs 53.3 grams. The ones in the preview pic (if you see it about 1 1/2 inches tall) are close to life size. When you click to see the entire photo it is enlarged so that you can see more of the details. The largest (1 baht) is just over 1/2 inch across. The largest coin is 1 baht (Rama IV) Mongkut (1851-1861). The other five coins are each 1/2 baht (Rama III) Prasat (1824-1851). They each have a chakra, a sun sign stamped into them representing the god Vishnu. The other stamps indicate the ruler at the time. I am selling these as a group for $295.US.
CH885. I find this style of silver ingot coin very fascinating as they are made by pouring molten silver into a mold. The bubbly part came into contact with the mold, and the flatter part which looks like waves are washing across it is the top. where the silver was poured into the sand mold. The coin has been counter stamped while still hot - which might indicate the emperor at the time, the value, or be a personal mark. This is a Chinese Empire Sycee Tael in a drum shape from the 19th century, measuring 1 1/8 inch across at the longest. $345.US.
CH886. I have three antique Chinese silver pieces here. #1 is a 2 7/8 inch long pendant with a flower basket at the top, hammered identically on each side. Hanging from it is an antique coral bead (it didn't photograph well, but is very attractive), with a little dangle below. $65.US. #2 is a 4 3/4 inch long pendant from a tool kit. It has a richly coloured carnelian on it and a nicely decorated pic hanging from that. $75.US. #3 is a 3 dimensional lotus blossom with a piece of coral attached. $32.US. (#1 is available, the others are sold)
CH887. This is a very gorgeous antique tool kit from China with a very eye catching butterfly at the top. The wings have been enamelled with blue and decorated with some very small beads. There is a hook as an attachment which could be used to turn it into a pendant - very carefully. The butterfly is a little over 1 3/4 inches across and the entire piece is 6 1/2 inches tall. It has used a number of types of workmanship to create a very attractive piece. $285.US.
CH890. According to current researchers the antique Peking glass beads were most likely made in cottage industries in Boshan/Poshan in northeastern China, in Shandong province. This white strand has amazingly beautiful sunburst patterns in the millefiore decorations. These are very scarce. The strand is a little over 20 inches long and contains two long pink beads which are unfortunately both damaged. All of the other beads are in excellent condition. $600.US.
CH897. This is a very sweet necklace made of antique beads from China. It is strung onto thick cord so can be slipped over the head and worn exactly as it is. The background beads are short tubulars graduating in size. They are a deep midnight blue. The beads in the front are an attractive and subtle variety of colours. The necklace itself is about 25 inches long while the central group of beads is 1 7/8 inch across. $245.US.
CH898. There are 24 inches of antique turquoise coloured glass beads made in China here. The largest beads in the front are 1/2 inch in diameter and the smallest beads at the back are slightly over 1/4 inch in diameter. They are nicely graduated and strung on cord so they can safely be strung over the head and worn. $145.US.
CH899. Here are more antique Peking glass, wound glass beads from China. There is a good variety of sizes and colours on each strand. Strand #1 is 26 inches long with beads averaging at 3/8 inch in diameter. $245.US. Strand #2 is 24 inches long and has larger average beads than #1. The largest bead is 9/16 inch in diameter. $245.US. Strand #3 is 23 inches long. $240.US. (#1 is sold)
CH900. Here is one more multi-coloured group of antique Peking glass beads from China. They are wound glass, some showning tiny air bubbles within them. Strand #1 is 24 inches long with a central "melon" bead 7/8 inch in diameter. The melon looks like old glass but is actually modern plastic. It surprised me when I noticed that. $240.US. Strand #2 is a little over 24 inches in length. $245.US. Strand #3 is 21 inches long with some large beads at the front. The largest is 3/4 inch in diameter. $250.US. (#2 is sold, #1 & #3 are available)
CH902. These are described as Jatim beads coming out of Indonesia. They come from a collection so were originally bought a number of years ago. There is a little more than 20 inches of beads with four patterned beads. The one in the central of the preview image is just under 7/8 inch in diameter. The largest bead is slightly over an inch in diameter. There are two damaged beads - I will add an illustration of them when I have the chance. The beads are sold as the entire strand for $600.US.
CH903. Strand #1 is 22 inches. $450.US. Strand #2 is 22 inches. $400.US.
CH904. The yellow beads on this strand are melons most likely made in China and exported to Indonesia. They were traditionally used in bride purchases. One has an old chip at one end that you can see on the photo. There is a variety of beads on necklace #1 in glass and crystal. The deep red oval beads are 1 1/8 inches long and 3/4 inch in diameter. The strand is 29 inches long. $400.US. #2 is a short strand (10") of the deep red beads. $200.US.
CH906. There are two antique hairpins from China here. #1 is 4 inches tall. The decorative part is wired to the pin so that it can move a little. The decorative part is 2 5/8 inches wide. It has layers and layers of decorative leaves, flowers and flourishes. In the center is an eye shaped pearl piece and to the sides leaves cut from stone. This is very elegant. $185.US. Hairpin #2 is a delicate small butterfly with wings carved from green jade. The hairpin is 3 1/2 inches tall and the butterfly 1 1/4 inches wide. $95.US. (#1 is sold)
CH907. There are some lovely antique enamelled hairpins illustrated here. #1 is a single piece 5 inches tall. The butterfly decoration is slightly over 1 1/4 inches tall. $160.US. #2 is a pair of hairpins, very similar to each other though one has a single pin and the other has a pair. The one with two pins is 5 1/2 inches tall. The pins also have tiny spoon shapes at the ends - I wonder if they were a cleaning tool as well? $240.US.
CH909. This 13 inch long silver tool kit from China has some strong design features like the carved silver rectangles in the hanging chain. The piece has a hook at the top used probably, to hook over a belt. Somehow this has a contemporary quality to it as well. $250.US.
CH910. This is a rather magnificent antique silver bat adorned tool kit. The entire piece is 17 inches long. The bat at the top is 1 7/8 inches wide, just the same as the one below. Bright green glass Peking glass beads pick up a little bit of light. 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. $585.US.
CH912. These are beautiful hammered antique silver pieces of lion like dragons. They have holes pierced in them so that they can stitched onto clothing or onto hats. Nice old ones like these (and many other items) are becoming scarce now so I was happy to find these. Pair #1 are 1 3/4 inches across. $85.US. Pair #2 are 1 9/16 inches across. $95.US.
CH915. #1 - $20.US. #2 - $10.US. #3 - $14.US. #4 - #13.US. #5 - $12.US. #6 - $19.US. #7 - $21.US. #8 - $15.US. #9 - $13.US. #10 - $14.US. #11 - $14.US. #12 - $10.US. #13 - $12.US. #14 - $15.US. #15 - $10.US. #16 - $15.US. #17 - $18.US. #18. - $10.US. #19 - $13.US. #20 - $14.US. #21 - $10.US.
CH916. Here is a more complex Chinese silver piece. $30.US.
CH917. This is an absolutely wonderful ring from China with beautiful art work on it. The carving is gorgeous. It is one decorated piece of silver that has been curved into a ring shape. The size can be changed but only gently - perhaps a half size larger or smaller. Very carefully though. Right now it is a size 9. You can see the designs on the enlarged photos. $320.US.
CH919. Here is an unusual and very collectible Pyu bronze ring from Burma. It is heavily patinated and a few hundred years old. The top image is that of an eye decorated with lines that make me think of a star. You can see gold rings of the same shape on page 166 of "A World of Rings". The eye shape is 13/16 inch across. The ring fits a size 6. $300.US.
CH921. I have two pieces of flower money here from Burma. The original pieces have become very difficult to find and copies abound. These are real, old, silver pieces of flower money though, each pierced (long ago) for hanging. The smaller piece #1 is 2 inches across. $165.US. The larger piece #2 is 2 1/2 inches across. $285.US. (#1 is available, #2 is sold)
CH922. This is an antique key from Tibet, made of bronze with a nice dark patination to it. The key is 4 3/4 inches long and just under 1/4 inch at the thickets so quite heavy. It does have a stringing hole. $150.US.
CH927. This is a beautiful solid silver bracelet worn by the Wa and the Lawa from the area of the Golden Triangle. The bracelet weighs 122 grams which is double that of many other types of bracelets from the area. The decorative elements are cut deeply and dramatically into the silver. The bracelet measures 2 1/4 inches by 1 3/4 inches across on the inside with an opening 1 3/8 inches wide. $385.US.
CH928. 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. The bracelet has a bit of flexibility to it so opens a little wider if needed when slipping it on. The bracelet is slightly over 5/8 inch tall. It has a wire work background with decorative elements soldered onto it, decorated with enamelling. The ends have round decorations with dark amber coloured stones in the middle - Minority work from China. $400.US.
CH929. 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. The graceful and imaginative decorations are hammered and pierced beautifully. The bracelets are hinged and close firmly with lovely chains hanging down with small discs stamped with "100%". The tallest part of the bracelets is slightly over 7/8 inch while the shortest is 5/8 inch. The inside of the bracelets measure 2 inches by 2 1/4 inches. $500.US.
CH931. You can see a bracelet similar to this one on page 267 of "A World of Bracelets". It came from the Hmong of Thailand. Rather than wrapping as many do, this bracelet meets at the back. This is solid silver that is thickest at the ridge around the middle. The bracelet is 2 3/4 inches in diameter. The widest part of the silver is 3/4 inch tall. $230.US.
CH932. There is a bracelet similar to this on page 267 of "A World of Bracelets". It is wrapped tightly like this. These bracelets were made by the Hmong people of Thailand. These are always beautifully etched with expressive designs. This bracelet measures 2 1/2 inches in diameter. The tallest part is 3/4 inch tall. $230.US.
CH933. There is a bracelet similar to this on page 267 of "A World of Bracelets". These are made and worn by the Hmong people of Thailand and often worn in groups. This piece has very expressive floral designs etched into it. The bracelet is 3 inches in diameter, and the tallest part is 3/4 inch high. $245.US.
CH937. The mahjong tile here is 7/8 by 1 1/4 inches in size and portrays a dragon - a worthy symbol now, in the year of the dragon. The ring is a size 6. $58.US.
CH940. This is a very delicate and graceful antique silver tool kit from China. The entire piece is 8 inches long and the triangle is 1 5/8 inches wide. The triangle is engraved beautifully on both sides with the same images. $200.US.
CH943. 18 inch long Siamese necklace with 3 3/4 inch long pendant. The pendant was originally attached but did not sit correctly - perhaps the new owner could find a use for it as well - $85.US.
CH947. Here is a delicate Chinese necklace assembled from different antique parts. The basic beads are coral and turquoise (the turquoise beads are probably just vintage while the other items are antique). There are two lovely pendants at the front that jangle lightly when moved. The necklace itself is 18 inches around. The pendant is 2 3/4 inches long. $145.US.
CH978. This spiralled piece is one half of a Miao silver clasp. It can easily be used as a pendant. The piece measures a little over 2 3/4 inches across and weighs 32.2 grams. $128.US.
CH979. There are two pairs of antique silver earrings here from the Golden Triangle area. You can see by the fine work that they are old originals rather than new copies, now popular as well. You can see a pair very similar to #1 (a little over 1 1/2 inches tall) on page 227 of "A World of Earrings". These are typically worn in Laos. $155.US. A pair similar to #2 is illustrated on page 232. These are worn by the Yao and Hmong. According to the book: "The minorities of Vietnam and China also wear earrings with triangular elements. Yao goldsmiths, who also work for other tribes, are highly esteemed." $155.US.
CH981. This is a very attractive antique Chinese silver needle case shown closed and partly open. It needs strings to go through the double holes to keep it shut - beads are often hung from the as well, but for me, they make excellent pendants for a necklace. This one has been beautifully hammered with complex images. 3 1/8 inches tall. $165.US.
CH983. Here are two gorgeous silver Tibetan stamp seals (each with its own character) that I kept in my own collection for more than a decade. #1 is 1 5/8 inches tall, and #2 is 1 3/4 inches long. They have stringing holes across the part that is like a band going around them. $195.US/each seal. (#2 is sold)
CH990. This vintage silver pendant (2 1/4 inches across) is from Thailand. It is nicely pierced with two holes so easily strung. $75.US.
CH992. This antique Jatim bead came out of East Java, Indonesia. It had been buried and has some coating on part of the bead. The bead measures 1 inch by inch and has a large stringing hole almost 3/8 inches across. $160.US.
CH993. This gorgeous antique (200+ yrs old) pale aqua coloured glass piece is from SouthEast Asia. It is 1 inch in diameter and 3/8 inch wide at the edge, a little wider in the center. It was bought in Cambodia but I am not sure where it originate or whether it is an earplug or a labret. Most likely for the ear though. $185.US.
CH994. This style of earrings is shown on page 227 of "A World of Earrings". They come from the Golden Triangle (Hmong and Yao). These are made of silver, are traditional and antique and beautifully made. There are many modern pieces for sale but these are (you can see by the workmanship) original ones. $145.US.
CH998. This rather sleek Ban Chiang stone bead was found in Lopburi, Thailand and is most likely more than 2000 yrs old. Because the bead is so dark and opaque it was difficult to photograph the details of the bead - it is nicely smoothed and the slanted ends of the beads are very evocative of its age. The long part of the bead is slightly over 2 1/8 inch in length. This is from my own collection bought in the nineties. $165.US.
CH999. There is a small group of sterling silver 3D lotus blossom pendants from the 90s here. 3 of them have blue and green enamelling on them and are 5/8 inches long including hanging loop. $95.US.
CH1000. These antique silver earrings came from the area known as the "Golden Triangle". I am unsure of specifically where though. The earrings are similar but slightly mis-matched as one has a domed piece soldered in the front. They are 1 3/16 inches tall and you need larger than European size ear holes. They have been sitting out so are tarnished and need a good cleaning. $110.US.
CH1001. You can see earrings along this line on page 283 of "A World of Earrings". This is one antique silver "split" earring from Indonesia which is quite old and worn. It can be used as a pendant instead. The earring is slightly over 1 inch tall. $115.US.
CH1008. This is a gorgeous antique silver lock from China. It is plump in a very satisfying way and illustrated differently on each side having been hammered by hand. This compares nicely with the "Symbolic Locks" in the excellent book "Four Centuries of Silver" by Margaret Duda. The author introduces the section while talking about the desire to "lock" a child to the earth. "During the Qing dynasty, fold beliefs permeated every level of Chinese society. Many common myths centered on demons from the land beyond. Evil spirits were always lurking around corners or hiding behind trees to snatch an unsuspecting child from his family. These spirits were especially hostile toward newborn sons, for the worship of family ancestors underlay the whole system of Chinese ethics." This lock is 2 inches wide, 1 1/4 inches tall and 1 inch thick. The chain is 20 1/2 inches long. (66 grams) $580.US.
CH1009. This antique silver lock has been stamped with its patterns against a mould. Each side's images are framed by dragons. I am told that the "lock" can be opened on this piece but I have not tried to do it myself. I tend to be clumsy. The chain attached is not the original one but a silver one that was added for practicality. The chain is 37 inches long. The lock is 3 1/8 inches wide, just under 2 1/2 inches tall and 1/2 inch thick. (90.8 grams) $450.US
CH1010. There are two Chinese silver hammered pieces here which could work as pendants. They had been used sewn onto hats or clothing in the past but can always have a new use. #1 is a flower basket 1 1/2 inches tall. $55.US. #2 is probably one half of a clasp illustrated with an animal. It is 1 1/2 inches tall. $60.US.
CH1012. I am not finding antique silver Chinese needle cases so often anymore so was glad to come across these skinny ones. In fact they look a little like narrow cigars which I am sure is not the image intended. These are both very nicely decorated though it is hard to show the 3 dimensional aspect of the patterns on a photograph. Needle case #1 has delicate floral designs all over, nicely smoothed a little from having been handled so much in the past. It is 3 1/4 inches long and just over 1/4 inch at the widest. Needle case #2 has an upraised design which is floral as well. This is 3 1/8 inches long and just under 3/8 inch at the widest. They both need cords going through the stringing holes to hold them shut, though the lids do close firmly and don't slip open on their own. $200.US/each needle case
CH1013. Here is an unusual antique silver enamelled needle case which is actually still containing old needles. This needle case is interesting though, as it is made from two - top half from one case and bottom half from another. They match up very nicely though so were most likely made from the same manufacturer. This does make a very attractive pendant/dangle with the beautiful work on it and the very nice chain and hook to suspend it. The case itself is 2 1/4 inches tall, and slightly under 1/4 inch thick. The chain with hook is 6 1/2 inches long. $430.US.
CH1014. This silver dangle from China is 6 3/4 inches long with lots of dangles going off in different directions. It is ready to hang where you choose. (15.4 grams) $110.US.
CH1015. This is one of the few items that I have had from Mongolia. I wonder if it was used as a pin with some attachment at the hook, or if it was used as a pendant. The piece is cast silver. I do not know much more than that. $125.US.
CH1018. This is a gorgeous necklace from Nepal. I realize this is the wrong page for it, but sometimes I get distracted and... I am sure someone will find it and fall in love with it anyway. The amber coloured beads are made of glass and contrast with the opaque turquoise ones. The bead at the front is one of stone. It is a great combination and was worn this way with the cord tied at the back. The entire piece measures 20 1/2 inches long. $265.US.
CH1022. I have always really liked these antique silver Burmese buttons where the center part hooks into the center of the flower from behind to shut it. It is just tied on right now so that it isn't lost. The button is just over 3 1/8 inches across with an attractive and complex pattern. $180.US.
CH1024. This is a great antique silver "spirit lock" with some time consuming work on it. In the book "Jewelry of Southeast Asia" on page 156 the author says "These were employed in healing ceremonies in which the wandering souls of the sick were called back and secured to the body. Hmong people attached them to the ends of torques by chains." The spirit locks were also used to tie the body to the earth so it can't be spirited away. They are very protective. This one shows a little wear where the chain is attached to the arms of the piece. The lock itself is 2 3/4 inches wide and 2 3/16 inches tall. The densely woven chain is 21 inches long and does not have a clasp so is meant to slip over the head. $850.US.
CH1027. Here is a gorgeous antique Tibetan silver ring typically set with a coral bead. I love the flare of the silver petals above and below the coral. The ring has a kind of sweetness and simplicity to it. It is a size 8. $145.US.
CH1029. These rings were commissioned by one of my dealers in Bangkok and made there as well. The ring is made of an antique Burmese opium weights added to a silver ring. This ring is a size 7.5. It measures 1 5/8 inch from top to bottom. $150.US.
CH1030. These rings were commissioned by one of my dealers in Bangkok and made there as well. The ring is made of an antique Burmese opium weights added to a silver ring. This ring is a size 8. It measures 1 14/16 inches from top to bottom. $150.US.
CH1031. These rings were commissioned by one of my dealers in Bangkok and made there as well. The ring is made of an antique Burmese opium weights added to a silver ring. This ring is a size 7. It measures a little over 1 3/8 inches from top to bottom. $150.US.
CH1032. These rings were commissioned by one of my dealers in Bangkok and made there as well. The ring is made of an antique Burmese opium weights added to a silver ring. This ring is a size 8.5. It measures 1 5/8 inches from top to bottom. $150.US.
CH1033. This is a nice hollow light-weight silver dragon bracelet from China though it was brought out of Tibet. It is 2 1/8 inches by 2 inches across on the inside - the part that the wrist fits within. The opening is 1 inch wide at the narrowest. $250.US.
CH1034. Here is a very heavy (210grams) solid silver bracelet from China. You can see similar styles on page 250 of "A World of Bracelets". This style crosses over into the Golden Triangle as well. This is a dramatic looking piece, extremely beautifully made, and showing a light softening by wear on the inside. The bracelet measures 2 5/16 inches by 2 1/8 inches on the inside. $875.US.
CH1035. This is a very delicate looking, delicately made antique silver bracelet from China. It has a diameter of 3/8 inch and the inside measures 2 5/16 inches across. It needs to be slipped over the hand so do measure other bracelets that you have to make sure it will work. $325.US.
CH1038. Here is a solid silver bracelet from China - a smaller version of the same type as CH1034 just a little above (116 grams). You can see similar styles on page 250 of "A World of Bracelets". This style crosses over into the Golden Triangle as well. These lovely genuinely old pieces are very hard to find now. The inside of the bracelet measures 2 1/4 inch in diameter. $400.US.
CH1039. The preview picture opens to a reduced size photo of this rather wonderful head-dress from women of the Bai people living in Dali Yunnan, China. You can google their name to see some of the traditional clothing. These pieces were draped over the head so that a piece with fringes fell on each side. This is a rather wonderful piece with enamelled discs on it. They have the same design on each side. The pieces from the hanging cord down measure 22 inches long. The discs are just under 5/8 inch across. This is a very unusual piece. $285.US.
CH1041. Here is a beautifully carved and etched silver torque (less than sterling but a great colour so it looks like sterling) from the area of the "Golden Triangle". The piece itself measures 12 3/8 inches from end to end. The circle that it makes including open space is 15 inches around. The space is slightly under 3 inches wide. My neck is 14 1/4 inches around and it fits me nicely sitting at the base of my neck. I put it on from the side and then turn it to face the correct direction. If one was nervous about it falling off, a ribbon can be tied at the back. It was quite oxidized and I just gave it a light cleaning. $155.US.
CH1042. I can never duplicate the real colour of red in a photograph. This necklace has 18 strands of antique tubular glass beads in a range of colours of red to them. There are a few dark almost opaque ones in there too to add some contrast. The strands are an average of 23 inches long and the entire necklace 27-28 inches around. It is closed by a small vaseline bead and a loop. This came from the Burma/Nagaland area. $375.US.
CH1043. This antique silver Miao bracelet from China represents caterpillars according to "A World of Bracelets". It has a great pattern to it with raised dome, really evoking the movement and shape of the caterpillar. The bracelet is 1 3/4 inches by 2 1/4 inches on the inside with an inch wide opening. $245.US.
CH1044. Here is a lovely antique strand of graduated Mizoram carnelian beads with some lovely trade beads at the back and 2 Venetian spotted beads at the front. The beads are a little deeper in colour than in the photo. The strand has 18 1/2 inches of beads on it and is 25 inches long so for many people can be slipped over the head. $225.US.
CH1045. There are two strings of beads from China here, both sold together. The fish ones were extras just thrown into the group. On the main strand there are four carved stone cicada beads each 1 1/4 inches long. The creamy coloured beads are made from the center of a tagua nut. The group is $36.US.
CH1046. Here is a handful of charms and beads from China bought in the nineties. Most of them are silver - the barrel beads are not. The barrel beads are 1/2 inch long and 1/2 inch in diameter. You can use that measurement to understand the general size of the other pieces. $45.US for the bunch.
CH1047. This porcelain necklace is 32 inches long. It is a vintage piece made in China and nicely knotted between the beads (1/2 inch in diameter). $65.US
CH622. These are two Miao containers made of good silver. They have three sections to them so that they can be used for storage. I think it is for lime or betal nut, but you can choose to store what you wish. #1 is newly made and 6 3/4 inches tall including the dangles - $110.US. #2 is an antique piece, 6 1/2 inches tall with dangles - $200.US. (#1 is available, #2 is sold)
CH626. This delicate antique good silver Chinese tool kit is 14 inches tall. Each part of this is carefully and gracefully made. There are two tools hanging from it - once there were three. There is one hoop left to hold something else in the middle but it is not strong so if you are to hang something there it should be quite light weight. This is 19th century and very attractive. $240.US.
CH645. I have two strands of beads here which were bought in Thailand. Strand #1 has 4 full length strands, each measuring 36 inches long. 2 short strands are attached as well. The patterns of red and pale grey beads look great and are accented with blues and greens. Some odd little beads are hidden here and there. $185.US. Strand #2 is made up of 3 strands, each measuring 32 inches long. The colours are rich and brilliant together. $165.US. (#1 is available, #2 is sold)
CH649. There are three strands of beads and bells from the Chin people of Southeast Asia. The strands were tied together for wear but were easy to un-knot to sell separately as they are quite heavy. Strand #1 is 26 inches long - $225.US. Strand #2 is 18 inches long - $200.US. Strand #3 is 23 inches long - $230.US. (#1 is sold, #2 & #3 are available)
CH654. There are more than 40 inches of beads on this strand, consisting of carnelian, glass and silver. I love the two spotted beads and the pendant which is a piece of horn. I don't know of what animal, just that it has a great colour and texture and must have been found in the forests after the animal shed it. $355.US.
CH662. I have three silver antique Chinese rings illustrated here (slightly enlarged in size) - the first two are hallmarked. The second and third are foolishly upside-down. The rings are made to be adjustible as many Chinese rings are - but because these are old the silver will not bend easily so it is best not to try to adjust them but accept the sizes as they are. Ring #1 with the floral/star pattern is a size 8 - $40.US. Ring #2 has a butterfly pattern on it and is a size 9 - $40.US. Ring #3 has a plump fish on it. Size 9 - $40.US.
CH663. These two enameled Chinese antique rings are both hallmarked. They are enamelled with beautiful designs as well - shown here in a slightly enlarged size. The rings are typically made with adjustible backs but since they are so old, I would not recommend trying to adjust them very much. Silver does get less supple over time. Ring #1 has a flower on it. The blue is not quite as bright as the photo shows. The ring is a size 7.5 - $50.US. Ring #2 has a tiny butterfly on leaves set in a geometric shape. It is a size 7.5 - $45.US. (#2 is available)
CH667. This is an antique low end silver bracelet bought in South East Asia. It is 1 5/16 inches tall and can be easily (carefully) shaped to fit to the wrist. This is for an average wrist size - not a small one. $45.US.
CH669. Theses pieces are from various parts of Laos. Pendant #1 has a 3 3/4 inch long chain with a 1 3/8 inch long fish. $30.US. Pendant #2 is a 2 1/2 inch long set of tweezers. The entire piece is 5 1/4 inches long. $42.US. Pendant #3 is 5 1/4 inches long. The silver case opens from the side so that something precious can be tucked inside. It has patterns of branches and flowers decorating it. The heart shaped box is 7/8 inches tall and just under 1 inch at the widest. $48.US. Pendant #4 is also a chain with a heart shaped box. The entire piece is 3 3/4 inches long, and the box is 7/8 inch thick and 14/16 inches across. It opens from the side as well. $40.US. Pendant #6 is a 16 1/4 inch long piece with a chain for suspension, a 19th century 20 cent coin from the Republique Francaise, and a grooming kit below. $158.US. (#2 & #6 are available, all others are sold)
CH670. There are three silver chained pendant pieces here. #1 is an elaborate silver piece composed of many parts. Two chains hang from a ring 1 1/8 inch in diameter. One seven inch chain suspends a box an inch across and just under 7/8 inch tall when closed. Something secret can be hidden in the box. An 8 3/4 inch long chain suspends a curlique which holds two chains. Those chains attache to a panel with floral decorations on it. It looks rather like a vase full of flowers. From that a grooming kit falls. The entire piece hangs 22 inches long from the ring at the top. This was bought in southern Laos and is possibly a Yao piece. $425.US. #2 is a coin pendant with a grooming kit attached to it. The chain is 23 inches around and can be slipped over the average head. The coin is from the Republique Francaise 1922 and is noted for weighing 27 grams. The pendant plus grooming kit is 6 inches long. $310.US. #3 is a pair of hooks attached with a set of 3 chains. They could work well suspending a pendant that has some kinds of loops on it, like a good sized spirit lock. The chains are 24 inches long and the decorative parts of the hooks are 2 1/4 inches long. $255.US. (#1 & #2 are available, #3 is sold)
CH671. This three dimensional silver fish is a real charmer bought in southern Laos and most likely from the Yao people. It is nicely decorated but the patterns have been softened by wear and have caused it to imply the blur of a living creature swimming under water. The fish is just under 2 3/4 inches across. The fish is attached to a double chain which is fastened on each side to jump rings just under 7/8 inch across. The chains measure 9 3/4 inches on each side adding up to 19 1/2 inches total. If you would like to fasten the rings together as in a necklace ask me to include a silver jump ring to make that connection. A grooming kit hangs from the fish. Over the years three jump rings above the fish have been worn though and have been replaced with string. It wouldn't be difficult to change the string back to silver rings. This would make a very charming necklace. $425.US.
CH677. Spirit lock #1 is 3 3/4 inches across at the widest. It still has old rings on it for hanging from so it would be easy to slip on a chain and shut the spring rings shut. The design on this piece is delicate with complex and tiny patterns. $345.US. Spirit lock #2 is 3 5/8 inches across and has double rings on each side. It is not quite as old as the rest of the group. $285.US. Spirit lock #3 is over 50 yrs old and has nice wear on the "handles" from where it had been hung. The lock is just over 3 3/8 inches wide. $205.US. Spirit lock #4 is just under 4 1/4 inches across. It is very well worn where the chains had been for hanging it and shows its age very nicely. The pattern at the front is smoothed from being touched over time so that it feels very calm. $298.US. Spirit lock #5 has large arms which open like clouds over the rectangular part. All is nicely smoothed from being touched over time, and there is some nice wear where it was strung up before. $240.US. Spirit lock #6 is 3 3/8 inches across. It is deeply patterned with a strong texture to it. It is quite dark from tarnish and can be rubbed to bring up a gleam. $235.US. (#2, #3, #4, #5 & #6 are sold, #1 is available)
CH685. What wonderful rings!! The rings themselves are new and made from sterling silver - the dragons on the rings though, are antique Burmese opium weights. This is a great combination. The smaller ring, #1 is 1 1/2 inches tall and a size 8. $150.US. The larger ring is 1 7/8 inches tall and a size 9. $165.US. (#1 is sold, #2 is available)
CH691. I have always liked needle cases of all kinds. These Chinese silver ones are my favourites though. I love the way that the holder pieces slide out of the decorative cases. Strings go through the top of one side, and through the bottom of the same side, then some have beads or a pendant hanging at the bottom and the string continues up the other side from bottom to top. This string keeps the bottom from falling out. When you want to reach for a needle (or whatever else you might have hidden in there) then you loosen the hanging cord and pull the pieces apart. These could be parts of a necklace or strung up to hang from a waistband like in the old days. Please check page26 to 29 in "Four Centuries of Silver". They are all more attractive than they appear in the photo. Case #1 is 3 1/4 inches long. $115.US. Case #2 is 3 inches long and has a signature on the inside piece. $155.US. #3 is 2 7/8 inches long and it has a signature on the inside piece. $155.US. #4 is 3 1/5 inches long. $115.US. (#4 is available, all others are sold)
CH699. This is an iron age shell bead from Khmer. Much has been unearthed over the years. The bead has a soft looking finish to it, although it is not soft at all. You can see the long curves of the patterns of the shell on the outside of the bead. It is 2 7/8 inches long and 3/4 inch in diameter. $95.US.
CH703. This grooming set is set up to wind around the waist (it would need a clasp though as a round hoop keeps it shut) but can easily be used as a necklace as it can slip over one's head. The suspension chain is 26 inches long. The coin pendant is 1 5/8 inch across and from Indochine Francaise/Republique Francaise 1888. The coin, chains and tools are 6 inches in length. The piece has darkened nicely but can be rubbed a little to bring up the gleam. This is very attractive. $365.US.
CH705. This is a great dangle coming from Laos. It jingles quite a lot if you move it at all as there are so many different parts. The entire piece is 7 1/2 inches long and it has a very sturdy solid hook for hanging. By adding a silver hoop here and there it could be manipulated into being a bracelet - it just takes a little imagination to change things. $145.US.
CH711. This is an antique well used silver lime container bought in northeast Laos near Xam Nua. It has a typical areca nut shaped lid and still has a coating of white lime inside. The lime is used while chewing betel leaves and areca nuts which is a tradition in Loas, Vietnam and other parts. The piece is 5 inches tall when closed and the base is 1 1/4 inches in diameter. A string ties the two parts together so that the hands are free to roll the leaf up, and perhaps wrap it around the nut. $320.US.
CH714. This is a piece in transition. There is a 13 inch long chain above the fish and three 10 1/2 inch long chains below. The fish inbetween measures1 3/4 inches across from mouth to tail. This was collected in northwest Laos (Muang Sing area) from a local landowner. It would originally have been from a larger piece. It totals 25 inches in length. $320.US.
CH716. Container #1 - $165.US. Container #2 - $165.US
CH717. I have a series of beads strung up to around 30 inches or so. There are fine tubulars, twisted tubulars, ones with light facets - as well as the round beads sometimes matching and sometimes contrasting. I believe they are made in China with the tubulars being very similar to antique European ones. The tubular beads average 3 inches in length. $45.US/strand (#1 & #6 are sold)
CH718. I have a series of beads strung up to around 30 inches or so. There are fine tubulars, twisted tubulars, ones with light facets - as well as the round beads sometimes matching and sometimes contrasting. I believe they are made in China with the tubulars being very similar to antique European ones. The tubular beads average 3 inches in length. $45.US/strand (#1 & #4 are sold, #2, #3 & #5 are available)
CH722. There are two items here, a pair of silver chopsticks which are chained together, and a hair pin. The chopsticks are made of solid silver cut in a rectangular shape. They are 8 1/4 inches long with attractive hammered patterns on them. These are antique pieces. $128.US. The hair pin is a hollow silver piece finely decorated with silver wire at the top and hung with two small dangles. The hair pin is 8 1/8 inches long. $56.US. (hair pin is sold, chopsticks are available)
CH731. Here is a simple, direct bell bracelet. It needs a very flat wrist for wearing and works easily gripped while dancing in the tradition of Timor. You can see similar pieces on pages 196/197 of "A World of Bracelets". The bracelet is 2 3/4 inches wide on the inside, and 1 1/4 inch at the tallest. The opening is just under 1 inch wide. The bell has a diameter of 1 1/4 inches. $185.US.
CH741. This is an unusual antique enamelled silver ring from Northern Laos - very charming and very rare. I have little documentation on these, but if you check page 160 of "a World of Rings" you will see a Mien Yao ring with similar enamelling.. I have enlarged images so that you can have a good look at the workmanship. This is the first ring that I have had that didn't just have decoration but a word on it - "HONE". The enamelling is dark yellow and dark blue with only a little remaining. The ring is a size 7.5. $185.US.
CH742. This is a very nicely shaped antique Jatim bead from Indonesia - NOT a reproduction. It is just short of 7/8 inch across (22mm) with a fairly consistent pattern winding around it. You can see its details in the enlargement. $150.US.
CH759. This group of good silver pieces are Chinese ornaments that were used on clothing, hats, shoes, etc. They have various meanings of health, strength, protection, etc. The fish of pair #1 are 1 1/4 inches across. $55.US/pair. The pair of lions in #2 are 1 1/5 inches across. $60.US. The pair of foo dogs in #3 are 1 3/8 inches across and have loops attached. $60.US. The lion in #4 is 1 5/8 inches across. $35.US. The lion in #5 is a little over 1 1/4 inches across. $30.US. The lion in #6 is 1 3/4 inches across with a loop attached. $35.US. The caterpillar on the leaf of #7 is 2 1/2 inches long. $40.US. The lion in #8 is just under 1 1/4 inches across. $30.US. #3 & #5 are available, the rest are sold)
CH760. There is a variety of different silver pieces here from China. The baby in #1 is 3 dimensional so he has a front and a back. He is 1 1/2 inches tall, with chain the dangle is 3 1/4 inches long. #2 is a very 3-dimensional frog with two hanging loops. The texture on it is quite wonderful. The piece is 1 3/4 inches wide. $45.US. #3 is a 3-dimensional pair of lotus blossoms 1 inch across. $25.US. #4 is a large lotus blossom pendant the same on both sides. It has pieces inside to make it into a noisy bell. $35.US. #5 is a 3-dimensional boy. The piece with chain is 2 3/4 inches long. #6 is a pair of boys (twins) each one is 1 inch tall. $40.US/pair. #7 is a pair of lion hooks. They are 1 3/8 inches across. $60.US/pair. (#6 is still available, all others are sold)
CH761. This is a very attractive silver tool kit which most definitely could use some cleaning. The silver is quite tarnished. The entire piece is 16 1/2 inches long and the butterfly at the top is 2 1/8 inches across. This piece is well over 100 years old and has some excellent work on it. The flat tools are covered with engraving, and the tools at the bottom have a spiral wrap of silver around the handle part. The scoop of the middle tool is covered with engraving. This is a very special piece. $285.US.
CH768. Here is a range of colours of very beautiful silk shawls hand woven in Thailand. Old traditions are being used in a women's cooperative to create a contemporary styled shawl that goes well with modern clothing. The silks are grown locally and the dye methods are experimented with to try new ideas. I fell immediately in love with these and have no idea which colour combination I like the best. The shawls average 70 by 16 1/2 inches. $35.US/each
CH772. These earrings are made of decorative buttons or pendants from China. Some have enamelling on them, and some are simply silver, and all are 100+ years old. Earrings #1 are shaped like flower buds and their bottoms still have some enamelled blue on them. 1 1/8 inches tall. $35.US. Earrings #2 look like lotus buds, they have leaves with 5 small holes around the top, point nicely at the bottom and have writing on them. $35.US. Earrings #3 have very perfect silver buds with a lot of detail. It will show better once they have been polished a little. $40.US. Earrings #4 are very detailed and come in two parts joined together. The lower part is an enamelled blue lotus bud and the top part is either leaves or a moth like creature. 1 15/16 inches tall. $65.US. Earrings #5 are flower/lotus buds enamelled in two shades of blue. Some areas are a little blackened. 1 5/16 inches tall. $50.US. The pendant is made the same way as earrings #3. The top part can be facing this way or upside down. It is just under 1 inch tall and has a large hidden loop behind which can hold a coin or a chain. $45.US. (#4 is sold, the others are available)
CH776. The Chinese always do lovely work with silver. Bracelets like this require a lot of hammering. Annealing and hammering, many times over. The bracelet has very typical patterns on it, and small pieces of metal inside for a very light, delicate, rattling noise when moving. The inside of the bracelet is 2 1/2 by 1 7/8 inches across, made for a wrist that is not smaller than 7 inches around. The opening is 1 5/16 inches open. $165.US.
CH778. These two Chinese silver buttons or cuff links are antique, beautifully made, heavy and attractive. They are two different sizes but I like the contrast and the similarites between the two. The smaller square is just over 7/8 inches across with the figures of two men hammered into it. The larger one is 1 1/16 inch across and has two slightly different looking men on it. All of the handwork is very well done. The pieces close with a bell on a short chain. These are very unusual and could be used in many different ways. $135.US/for the pair
CH795. These two pendants are made with silver and gilded with gold. They were originally the pieces illustrating Immortals sewn onto hats or clothing but had rings added to the tops of their heads and were transformed into rather ornate pendants. #1 is 3 1/2 inches tall and features a pale carnelian beads. I believe it shows Chang Kuo-Lao, the old man riding the donkey. You can check his history here. $145.US. The second immortal is much more difficult for me to identify. I am guessing that it is Lan Caihe who made music. His description is here. This pendant is 3 inches long. $85.US. (#1 is still available)
CH835. I confuse my Naga material at times and wind up putting some pieces on the "East" page and others on the "Southeast Asia" page. I need to clarify my mental map. If you are interested in Naga pieces though, please do check both pages. This is an old Naga shell ornament that would have been part of a necklace. They often made very heavy pieces using conch shell in many different ways. You can see a number of examples in various books - a specialized one being "the Nagas: Hill Peoples of Northeast India". This piece is 1 1/3 inches tall and 1 1/2 inches at the widest. - $65.US.
CH836. The decoration of shells determines the Naga tribe that made and wore them. These are generally called conch shell but Robert Liu in "Collectible Beads" says "chank is a Turbinella species, not a conch." The proper term for these is Naga chank shell pendant. Necklaces would often hold a group of these pieces and weigh quite a lot - these are all antique pieces which have had a long life of use. Shell #1 has four suspension holes in the top section. It is 4 1/2 inches long. $95.US. Shell #2 is very impressive with its carved in design. The shell has a fold along the top of the inside and there are 3 suspension holes in a row. This is 5 inches tall and very collectible. $175.US. (#1 is sold, #2 is available)
CH837. This antique Naga shell pendant is very nicely worn. Shell develops such a softness to colour and touch that it enters another world. I think that I photographed this upside down from how it would have been used. There is one stringing hole at the top in the photo, with a second one having been worn through. At the bottom part in the photo (which should have been the top) the shell folds over and on that fold are 2 stringing holes. There had been a center stringing hole as well but it has worn through. This can be hung both beautifully and dramatically. - $75.US.
CH838. There are three antique Naga shell pendants shown here. Shell #1has some lines carved into it for decoration. It has 3 stringing holes going down the middle of the piece. The shell behind has not been cut away so cord can go through it as well. The shell is 2 3/8 inches tall. - $75.US. Shell #2 is 3 3/4 inches tall and has 3 stringing holes going through the front. On the back on a piece of shell that folds behind at the top, are 3 more stringing holes. $75.US. Shell #3 is 4 1/4 inches tall. It has the 3 stringing holes that you can see in the photo. $75.US. (#1 is sold, the others are available)
CH847. Here is a gorgeous more delicate silver Chinese dragon bracelet with delicate patterning. The bracelet thickens gracefully towards the dragon heads. The bracelet is 2 1/4 by 2 1/2 inches across on the inside. The opening is 3/8 inch across but the bracelet twists a little to help to put it on. $175.US.
CH849. This decorated silver bracelet from China is 1 3/4 inches by 2 1/8 inches across on the inside. The opening is 1 inch across. $175.US.
CH850. This is a very decorative antique Chinese bracelet. The patterns are soldered onto a frame made of circles soldered together on the inside and outer frame. The inner part of the bracelet averages 2 3/8 inches in diameter. The bracelet is slightly over 1/2 inch tall. You need to be able to slip this over your hand. $170.US.
CH854. Unmatched Meo earrings used by Hmong women from the Golden Triangle. The shapes are always fascinating. $45.US.
CH856. Unmatched Meo earrings used by Hmong women from the Golden Triangle. The shapes are always fascinating. $95.US.
CH857. This very attractive pendant is 2 1/8 inches wide and 2 1/2 inches tall. It has been hammered with an intricate pattern with 8 piercings as well. The loops are very large. The metal is good silver but has tarnished over the years and once polished will gleam beautifully... $145.US.
CH785. There are four spirit locks show here. The spirit locks were used by the Hmong in their "soul calling" ceremonies to "lock" the soul of the wearer into his or her own body. They are worn by children, women and men for all of their lives. Their shapes somehow express their meanings with large patterned areas and delicate swirls above. These are among my favourite of all objects, and when I am feeling a little ill at ease, or lacking in direction or motivation, I wear a spirit lock myself and feel somehow aided and protected. My chosen locks will be with me forever. A thing of spirit is a good thing. The locks can be worn with a variety of chains or a cord depending on what suits them the most. The same types of styles work for men too. These locks came from a jewellers shop and have not been worn yet, so the buyer will be the first to set their magic into motion. Spirit lock #1 is 3 1/4 inches wide with rings included to attach a chain or cord to. Spirit lock #2 is 3 1/8 inches wide. Spirit lock #3 is 3 5/8 inches wide $300.US. Spirit lock #4 is 3 1/8 inches wide and includes four rings for hanging with. (#3 is available, the others are sold)
CH786. Here is an antique Chinese tool kit. They are often sold as "opium tools" to create a mystique for them and raise the price. They are actually used for make-up though, or cleaning ones ears or nostrils, or cleaning ones fingernails. They are attractive and practical and often hang from a belt or a chain. This piece is 6 1/2 inches long and contains 3 tools. The suspension piece for the tools is hammered (the same on both sides) with images of two fish facing each other with some decorative work inbetween. With the chain attached above, it is ready to hang. $135.US.
CH787. This antique Chinese silver ring has been worn for a long time so that the original enameling on it has largely been worn down. There is still a little touch of turquoise blue on it as you can see on the enlargement. As usual, this ring was originally fitted to the owner. They were made with practicality so that when bought the band could be squeezed to the correct size. Now that it is old though, the silver is hardened and you can't try to change it too much. The ring is a size 9. I am not sure of what the image on the ring represents... $35.US.
CH572. This silver bracelet for a young girl, or someone with a very very small hand. It measures slightly over 1 3/4 inches in diameter in the inside. The wearer's hand has to be able to slip in as the bracelet has been soldered so that it will not open and close. It is put on like a bangle. - $35.US.
CH595. Here are three strands of newish carnelian beads bought in the Myanmar area. Strand #1 has 19 inches of beads. $22.US. Strand #2 has 17 inches of beads $22.US. Strand #3 has 20 inches of beads $22.US. (#1 & #2 are available, #3 is sold)
CH598. This chopper was bought in Burma. It does not have a sharpened blade to it - the width of the curved piece is the same all along it, so it is not made for cutting, but perhaps for chopping. It is built in the same way that an ulu (for Inuit people) is in the north. The handle is brass and the "blade" is white metal (steel?). The handle is 3 1/8 inches long and 3/4 inch in diameter. The distance from the top of the handle to the bottom of the blade is 3 3/4 inches long. Less than 50 yrs old. $95.US.
CH599. This is a very beautiful antique (over 100 yrs old) tool bought in China. It is made of brass and copper, and I can't tell what other metal. The tool is 6 3/4 inches long and made in the same way that a decorative knife is made. It is beautifully decorated with decorative openings through it. The smaller openings have curves of brass decorating them. The large opening is the rectangular one which is open on all four sides. There is a little ball inside (I can't tell what it is made of) which moves around when you move the tool. The working part of the tool is a curved scoop. I was told that this is for opium but I don't know if that is true. What I do know is that it is old, beautiful, and very nice to hold onto and look at. $175.US.
CH510. This is a wondrous pipe from Japan. I haven't had one before and was fascinated by this one. The 8 inch long body is made of brass and silver. The brass is hammered all over leaving interesting patterns laid into it. Hammer marks, marks that look like grass growing, and little circles making me thing of water passing by. In shaped silver is a tiger looking as if he is in a fighting mood, and behind him is a man wearing a kimono ready to challenge him. It is very beautiful. Between the two metal sections of the pipe is "wood" that looks like bamboo. The metal pieces (be careful please) can be gently pulled off the bamboo so that it can be replaced when necessary. This is a true collector's piece from an old collection of Asian items. I am sure that it can be used, or can simply sit as a thing of beauty. $575.US. ON SALE $500.US.
CH517. Here are some slightly rough, new Japanese Tsubas (hand guards of swords). These help to balance the weight of the swords as well as guard the bearer's hand from their opponent as well as from the sharpness of their own sword. These are cast of iron in a variety of shapes and decorations. Because they are so interesting in their design, they can be used as curious (and heavy) pendants. The antique ones are very expensive as they are collected widely. The new ones don't have the smoothness and gleam of the old, but are still interesting. #3 is $55. the rest are $45.US. each.
CH519. I don't know what this silver tie clip is yet. It is Japanese I believe, and portrays a man with wings tied to him by ropes. He is flying over a bridge with a temple in the background. There is writing on the back and the year 1985. I would suppose that something significant happened then - perhaps some sort of festival, and that this is a memory of it. The new owner will have research to do. $28.US.
CH536. These Chinese pieces are hammered silver, some for use as pendants and some for sewing onto fabric or laying against a piece of jewellery or whatever you could imagine. They have really increased in price over the last few years, but I find them delightful and becoming more rare, and I think that very nice pieces of jewellery could be made with them as centerpieces. #1 (1 7/8 inches tall) - $65.US., #2 - $65.US., #3 - $65.US., #4 - $70.US., #5 - $55.US., #6 - $50.US., #7 - $50.US., #8 - $70.US., #9 - $80.US., #10 - $55.US. (#3 & #7 are available)
CH550. There are two silver Chinese needle containers here, with Peking glass beads attached to them. - #1 is 3 1/8 inches long. The bottom should slide out to hold the needles, but it seems to be sealed shut so is now simply a pendant. - $145.US. (#2 is sold)
CH552. These two strands of beads came from Borneo where they are highly valued. They were made hundreds of years ago and brought from China through the trade routes. - Strand #1 is 19 1/2 inches long and beautiful blues and greens which would be great even strung just as they are. - $375.US. Strand #2 is just over 20 inches long with fat richly coloured beads with a nice old mustard yellow central bead at the bottom. - $440.US. (#1 is available, #2 is sold)
CH345. If you can't identify this silver container and tools from the Belu people of Timor, I will give you a clue. It has to do with Betel nuts. Hmmn.
Well, it is a container for powdered lime made from ground up limestone, a bit of which still exists inside the container and is used while chewing the nuts. The betel nuts are chewed with lime and betel leaf producing a rather mild narcotic affect. Unhappily the lime wears away at the teeth and causes the gums to change colour to a deep red. Usually I see these containers made of natural materials, and it is wonderful to see one fashioned out of silver. This would look great hanging from a very long and chunky chain perhaps with a bead or tow attached. There are two tools, the longest being 4 1/2 inches in length. The container itself is 3 3/4 inches long and 1 1/4 inch in diameter. It is beautifully and delicately decorated with floral designs. The cap of the container sits nicely and tightly and simply pulls off to open. This is close to 100 years old and quite a collector's piece. $385.US.
CH346. Here is an amazing pair of silver boxes bought in northeast Laos near Xam Nua. I hadn't seen anything quite like this before but found a similar box and chain illustrated on page 133 of "Jewelry of Southeast Asia." The hammered and engraved boxes have insides that slide open nicely, and stay shut securely. The big fat rings they are attached to are fastened to double sided connectors which are fastened to a chain. The chain is meant to connect the piece to the waistline of a woman. In the book it says that this "...was suspended on a chain at the waist by Vietnamese women, early 20th century. ...the silver boxes are for tobacco, lime and cosmetics decorated with repousse and engraving." "The dragon is the most common motif on the heart-shaped container." The larger box is 2 inches across and 1 1/8 inch tall. The smaller box is 1 7/8 inch across and 1 inch tall and they are both decorated on all sides. When hanging, they fall for 9 1/2 inches. $420.US.
CH316. $55.US/each strand. (#2 is available)
CH254. This is a nice collection of old Chinese carved pieces, dating to be around a hundred or more years old. They are nicely worn and show a little age from wear. They were made in the spirit of the ancient ones but are no longer modern copies, not after all of this time. #1 is 2 1/4 inches tall and about a third of an inch thick. This seems to be a portrayal of an animal seated on a bell. The stringing hole is slightly to the back so the piece hangs on a very gentle angle. $50.US. #2 is pink with grey streaks running through it - a lovely colour. It is bell shaped again with some deep lined drawings on it. It is also about 2 1/4 inches long but almost 3/4 inch thick. $55.US. #3 is a fish swirling in the water. It has a stringing hole that has a slit running across it (just under 1/16 inch thick) so the cord holding it up should be nice and thick and unable to slip through the narrow slit. It is an energetic looking piece. 2 1/3 inches tall. $55.US. (#1 & #2 are sold, #3 is available)
CH263. Strand #1 - $110.US. Strand #2 - $65.US. Strand #3 - $125.US. (includes jade) (#1 is available, the others are sold)
CH206. This is an amazing quite rare old Naga pendant strung onto Chinese "padre" beads (the string has broken so the buyer will have to re-string the piece). The Warrior's pendant is cast of brass and highly patinated to an almost black colour after many years of exposure to the air. It is 2 1/2 inches tall and 2 1/2 inches wide and quite thick and heavy. You can see the sculpting of the back on the scan. Many modern copies are made of this sort of thing, but this is old and authentic and was worn for years in the head hunting society. $325.US.
CH213. Neither of these bracelets are made of silver. The material seems to be aluminum, or aluminum with other metal mixed in. These were made from pots or old containers that had no other use as the community must have been short on high end metals. Everything was used and nothing wasted. Bracelet #1 is one of the more unusual pieces that I have seen. The bracelet has flattened bumps sitting on it and they are inscribed with the numbers "1", "2", "3", and "4". How unusual! there is a lot of complex decoration on the piece too - it is quite old and has been very very worn and looks great and dramatic on the wrist. The inside of the bracelet is 2 1/4 by 1 3/4 inches across - $175.US. Bracelet #2 is lighter simpler. It has round balls soldered around it and stripes between. It is wonderful that such pieces were made from old cooking pots. 2 1/8 by 1 3/4 inches inside - $85.US. (#2 is available)
CH235. Here is a set of Miao brass needle cases. They are made of two parts - an outer case hammered with floral designs, and a part inside where needles can be put into skinny barrels and kept safe. There is a space to run a string through both cases so that the inside can be pulled in and out when needed. The upper cases are about 2 3/8 inches long, and the longest lower ones are a little over 2 1/2 inches. They would make great and curious pendants. Pendant #7 still has beads attached in the typical way, and costs $45.US. The other cases cost $40.US each. (#10 is available, all others are sold)
CH142. These earrings all come from Northwest Laos. They are all graceful and attractive. Earrings #1 measure just over 1 inch from top to bottom. The earwire is delicate and would suit any average ear holes. They extend into an attractive decorated twist. - $50.US. Earrings #2 are made from silver wire that has been wound into a circle. The end of it has been hammered and rolled into a small, tight spiral. Spirals often mean endless life, and hopefulness. The earrings are 1 1/4 inches tall. $40.US. Earrings, #3 and #4 are flattened spirals, again from Northwest Laos. Designs have been hammered into the flattened parts. #3 are 1 1/2 inches tall, #4 are 1 5/8 inches tall - $40.US/each pair. These are Miao and can be seen on page 180 of "a World of Earrings". (#4 is available)
EA341. These exquisite antique silver Dong or Miao earrings from Guizhou, China are finely, gracefully, kookily and intricately worked. Highly collectible, you can find them illustrated on page 185 of "A World of Earrings: Africa, Asia, America". The earrings are the same size as the bottom one illustrated - about 2 1/4 by 2 1/4 inches. If you look closely you can see the impressive fine wirework that is one of the main decorative features. The large earwire has been hammered and lengthened into shape and consequently has an interesting and very attractive texture. If you have large and strong earholes, these are wearable, otherwise they would look wonderful in a display case. (44 grams) $285.US.
EA343. You won't find these Neolithic slate scrapers from China (circa 5000BC) illustrated in any jewellery books, but they would nevertheless make sensational pendants. Used purely as tools, the central hole would have been drilled to fasten on some sort of handle for ease of use. They may have scraped skin or something relatively soft. The two have quite different personalities, #1 being more worn and softer around the edges (1 3/4 by 3 1/2 inches) and #2 being more angular (1 3/4 by 3 1/4 inches). These have lasted eons but should still be handled with some care and definitely not dropped or banged against anything as even stone breaks when thinly sliced. $95.US/each (#2 is available)
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