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Late-Ottoman belt buckle. Edirne / Turkey. Private collection, Turkey.

Woman's belt buckle. Late-Ottoman, silver, with a 'tuğra'-stamp (sultan's seal), ca. late 19th c. Probably from Edirne, possibly from a Bulgarian workshop. The shape, with its characteristic 'wavy' edge is rare in Turkish buckles, but a common shape…
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Festive costume from Niğde / Turkey. Late-Ottoman, ca. 1900.

"@ Thelma: As so many things in life, it started by coincidence/chance, in the years 1978-'82.  In 1978 I visited Turkey for the first time (a self-organized trip), and was charmed by the country.  I also realised that, if I were to go…"
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A sign of betrothal

"The trefoil (some say it represents animal horns) is characteristic of the decoration found on Karakalpak jewellery and can be found here in abundance, both in the engraving on the silver plate and in the shape of the ends of the arms of the cross.…"
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DSC_0402 Libyan Cuff- Back view

"Dear Thelma: Thanks for your comments and suggestion. Yes I have been doing some sort of work on the Libyan Silver in general, especially its historical background and development through time. You are right the tools used do change with time.…"
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A sign of betrothal (shartuyme)

A well preserved shartuyme in the shape of a silver cross, gilded and engraved .... and studded with five carnelians, the biggest in the centre surrounded by 18 turquoise stones. It is fringed with 9 chains made of platelets, one of which has turned…
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Festive costume from Niğde / Turkey. Late-Ottoman, ca. 1900.

"Dear Jean-Marie, there is so much information in your pictures. Where else could we so conveniently find it? Tell me, what was the inspiration for this work on the traditional costumes from this part of the world?"
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Thelma commented on Mustafa J. Salem's photo
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DSC_0402 Libyan Cuff- Back view

"Mustafa, you must have enough examples of silver cuffs to write at least one paper about them. This one is beautifully done. But there must be a special technique... It looks as though a fairly blunt instrument has been used to push the silver…"
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Thelma commented on Sami Yousef's photo
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Fine filigree beads

"A treasure chest, glowing silver ...  and many varieties. Where do they all come from?"
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Thelma commented on Jose M. Pery's photo
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Tunisian khamsa and chain

"A lovely piece, Jose. I don't think I have seen one of these chains used in this way before but it's great. The enamel shows through even now ... and it looks quite old. A wonderful find."
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Thelma commented on Betty's photo
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Hands - Help with ID needed

"Very beautiful and elegant hands, Betty. It certainly looks urban. Are the flowers above the plain bracelets also attached to bracelets?"
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Thelma replied to Sumaiya's discussion Omani Alakam
"Dear Sumaiya, this looks like a very special example of a chin chain. I found 2 other examples but they are not so elaborate as yours. I believe they are found in the area of north Oman. Is that correct? "
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Late-Ottoman forehead ornament. Central Anatolia / Turkey. Ca. 1900.

"Two more close-ups of the forehead ornament."
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Betty commented on Betty's photo
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Hands - Help with ID needed

"Thank you Alaa, now that you are mentioning belt buckles I remember the motif. I am just puzzled by this bracelet and wonder how old/new it may be.... But it's definitely attractive."
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Jose M. Pery commented on Jose M. Pery's photo
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Tunisian khamsa and chain

"I appreciate your nice comments very much. It was a lucky Ebay find!"
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