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Domed bracelet North Africa, hinged and hallmarked 1

A dome of silver
Vintage silver hinged and domed African Berber bracelet with intricate filigree work and niello shading. Bought in Morocco. Flowery lilly-like motifs on the raised dome, continued on the two side domes. A big beautiful bracelet. Rather impressive and heavy at 96 grams. No clear clues as to its exact provenance. Heavily hallmarked. Two clear French Crab hallmarks, making it later than 1838 and at least 800 Sterling silver. A third hallmark to the right that we cannot place, nor find in the official French list of known hallmarks. To the far left of the macro shot a fourth small hallmark and a fifth tiny hallmark, both unidentified. The bracelet is oval shaped and hinges on the side, opening more than 180 degrees. Linking pin and connecting chain are original. Some sign of wear. Professionally cleaned by a goldsmith and overall in a beautiful condition.
Weight in grams: 96
Weight in ounces: 3,38
Lateral cross-section (wrist width) in centimeters: 6,5
Lateral cross-section (wrist width) in inches: 2,
Smallest cross-section in centimeters: 4,5
Smallest cross-section in inches: 1.77
Height in centimeters: 1,5
Height in inches: 0,59
Wrist roundabout size in centimeters: 17
Wrist roundabout size in inches: 6,69

All or any information and knowledge on its provenance is welcomed very much. Thank you for helping me.

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Comment by Mustafa J. Salem on October 13, 2018 at 7:26

Just beautiful...Thanks for posting this treasure and for all the information about it.

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