Hi,I inherited these objects, which were purchased in Tunisia in the 1960s. I have done some research and identified one as a fibula, and the half-moon shaped as a hilal? I would greatly appreciate…Continue
"Hi David, - I have only just seen the pieces you have inherited, and I think they are and look very good. You are lucky. As it happens not one of them looks to me in need of URGENT polishing, even with a silver cloth (a specially impregnated cloth…"
"Well, I have decided to not polish the pieces. I will try try a polishing cloth to maybe buff them a bit, but otherwise I agree they are best in their original state.
Unfortunately I do not have any details about the location, just that they are…"
"Probably Toya, except for the crescent fibula which comes from further south. But then we can expect these fibulas to be available and abundant in every jewelry shop geared towards tourists (at least at that time) for they were very much…"
"I myself am no expert (especially since I have yet to visit Kerkennah), but according to Sethom's book on Tunisian jewelry (if I am understanding the French correctly), she attributes these pieces to the countryside around Sfax…"
"As far as polishing, it is your own preference. If you wish to resell, best to keep in original condition and let the buyer decide. If you intend to wear and do not like black silver, it is good to use a polishing cloth which, I believe, tends to…"
"The bracelets should bear hallmarks but the crescent and star are only aethetic engrevings. You should look carefully at edges to see if there are any.
Another option could be that the bracelet a very low grade silver or silvered copper.
I tend to be in the don't polish it camp!!!
It is of course a matter of taste, but the patina is to me a very important aspect of the history of a piece.
I am sure others will disagree!!!
"Thank you everyone for the comments to my photos! So I can assume that the objects are quite old and that they probably are silver. Very exciting, I had no idea these unique handicrafts existed or that so many people collected them. One final…"
"These can be Tunisian or Libyan. Most of them are missing the pin part that fastens the fibula to the cloth. Sometimes the pin can cost almost as much as the crescent. Very often the designs on the fibula or of fish or birds, particularly if…"
"Yes, the hallmarks are often incorporated into the design on the front of the piece. The initial hallmarks like these (these are Arabic letters) tend to be older pieces. Sometimes the only hallmark one finds is a punchmark which a lot of…"
"Hi David, The necklace at the top right is an old, rare Tunisian one. I have a similar one pictured in my photos on this site.The side pendants are hamsas. There are details about the necklace type listed in the comments under my picture…"
Hi,I inherited these objects, which were purchased in Tunisia in the 1960s. I have done some research and identified one as a fibula, and the half-moon shaped as a hilal? I would greatly appreciate if anyone can help me identify the approximate age of the items, if they are antique or newly produced i the 60s?Also, I cannot tell if they are silver or not, and the local jeweller tested them but was uncertain about some items (passed scrape test but not acid test). Do the crescent/star stamps on…See More