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Antique Balkan choker

White metal (silver alloy?), green enamel and Red glass. Most likely Bulgarian.
For sale, please contact me.

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Comment by howah on December 3, 2017 at 13:17

Hi Ivan,

I sold this piece sometime ago already.

Comment by ivan on November 4, 2017 at 11:00


how much does this beauty cost

Comment by ingrid Langerak on April 27, 2015 at 9:15

Well there you are Howah, how flowers can bring you on the right path.! And Frankie's knowledge and experience. Great. GR. Ingrid.

Comment by Joost Daalder on April 26, 2015 at 22:22

Nice to be reminded of this, and I too still think, as I did in March 2013, that it is Bulgarian, and the more so after your comments, Frankie. I had not seen this again in the interim, and like it very much - lively, gutsy, "natural", as is not untypical of Bulgarian pieces and of their charm. Well done, Howah!

Comment by Frankie Carter on April 26, 2015 at 19:55

The whole aspect of this piece convinces me that it is Bulgarian. Tulips are very indigenous here, being a neighbour of Turkey. Also the lunulae shapes are commonly used. The enamelling shows every sign of being Bulgarian, too, being typically of muted shades. The bell flower shapes I have not seen previously so I find those particularly interesting. Whatever and wherever, it's a lovely necklace.

Comment by ingrid Langerak on April 26, 2015 at 19:45

Dear Howah. Beautiful item and such a good complete condition.  I would think it to be more a tulip design as tulips started out in Turkey,  a very expensive flower and later was taken over by the Dutch.  Romania is only separated with Turkey through the black sea, bound to have trade with each other.  It couldn.t be Turkeys? Gr. Ingrid.

Comment by Ishvara Dhyan on April 26, 2015 at 15:11

Pomegranate / Tulip design

Comment by Ishvara Dhyan on April 26, 2015 at 15:00

You dont think it is Afghani ? the pomegranate design with the inverted triangle is a typical Afghan amulet design

Comment by Frankie Carter on March 17, 2013 at 0:10

Guess what, Howah......me too!!

All I`ve ever found is an old Rumanian coin. Indoors I did once find a hidden banknote of very high denomination. No longer legal tender, of course!

Comment by howah on March 17, 2013 at 0:02

Thanks Frankie! Wish you could find something similar to this using a metaldetector on your land!

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