Ethnic Jewels

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Armenian belt, Trabzon, Ottoman Empire, before 1915

Armenian belt. Trabzon, Ottoman Empire, early 20th century

Sterling silver (about 90%), weaving, casting, stamping (the buckle end).


Belt width - 35mm

Length with buckle - 900mm

Size buckle - 50/30

Minimum waist girth - 640mm

Maximum girth - 830mm

Weight - 300g.

Has 5 sockets, each socket, the terminal and the plate which carries the buckle - Ottoman stamp Arabic letters.

On the buckle - the image of a hand holding a fish (usually these belts were made buckles with Imperial symbols, in this case it is an unconventional solution)

The time of manufacture of the belt - apparently the beginning of the 20th century, until 1915, the so-called "Ottoman modern".

In excellent condition, not counting lost suspension in the lower part of the buckle.
On the back of the buckle is scratched the name in Arabic letters - Isha Mekke (?) اشع مكى, maybe it's the name of the former owner of the belt. It can be assume that the belt is on sale for richest families in Palestine, Syria or the countries of the Arabian Peninsula.

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Comment by Peter Hoesli on December 2, 2017 at 9:03

Armenian silver smiths can be found all across the Middle East and far south as Ethiopia, where they were manufacturing among others crowns, etc. for the imperial court. They are standing out for their fantastic workmanship (not only for silver works but also carpets, etc.) and clever business attitude. Armenia was originally a very large country spanning much across Turkey, Syria, etc... The Ottomans have diminished the population and their country, downsizing the same with the Armenians fleeing to other places. Overall a very a sad story....

Comment by ALEKSANDR EMELIANOV on August 6, 2017 at 4:32
Hello, thank you for your question, this belt have a Hallmarks of Ottoman empire and such kind of jewelry was making there by Armenian jewellers. It was attributed by the help of specialists from Russian Ethnography Museum.
Comment by Betty on August 5, 2017 at 21:15

Very beautiful belt with an unusual buckle. I love it and I am curious: what makes you say it is Armenian?



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