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Help Identifying Tunisian Silver

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joost Daalder Apr 4, 2012. 7 Replies

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

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Joost Daalder replied to David Somberg's discussion Help Identifying Tunisian Silver
"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…"
Apr 4, 2012
David Somberg replied to David Somberg's discussion Help Identifying Tunisian Silver
"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…"
Apr 3, 2012
Anna Garner replied to David Somberg's discussion Help Identifying Tunisian Silver
"I agree, Sarah, a light buffing by hand with a rouge cloth should be the harshest cleaning these wonderful old pieces receive.  ;) anna"
Apr 3, 2012
Alaa eddine SAGID commented on David Somberg's photo
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Crescent star stamp

"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…"
Apr 3, 2012
Toya commented on David Somberg's photo
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Crescent star stamp

"The necklace in this picture is similar to one I have which has also been attributed to the area around Sfax. Is it possible that all of the pieces in this collection come from the same region?"
Apr 3, 2012
Edith D commented on David Somberg's photo
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Crescent star stamp

"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…"
Apr 3, 2012
Patricia Deany replied to David Somberg's discussion Help Identifying Tunisian Silver
"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…"
Apr 3, 2012
Alaa eddine SAGID replied to David Somberg's discussion Help Identifying Tunisian Silver
"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. The other…"
Apr 3, 2012
Alaa eddine SAGID commented on David Somberg's photo
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"Do you confirm Edith that these very long bracelets do come from Kerkennah islands off Sfax coast? The longest ones are indeed very scarce!!"
Apr 3, 2012
SARAH CORBETT replied to David Somberg's discussion Help Identifying Tunisian Silver
"Hi David, 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!!! SX"
Apr 2, 2012
David Somberg replied to David Somberg's discussion Help Identifying Tunisian Silver
"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…"
Apr 2, 2012
Patricia Deany commented on David Somberg's photo
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Hallmark ?

"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…"
Apr 2, 2012
Edith D commented on David Somberg's photo
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Crescent star stamp

"Nice!  I have one with 5 divisions.  These with 6 divisions are more difficult to find."
Apr 2, 2012
Edith D commented on David Somberg's photo
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Hallmark ?

"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…"
Apr 2, 2012
Toya commented on David Somberg's photo
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Collection of Tunisian silver

"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…"
Apr 2, 2012
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Help Identifying Tunisian Silver

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
Apr 2, 2012

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At 23:21 on March 29, 2012, ait ouakli said…

hey hey david.welcome between us in this nice network.i hope you will enjoy heydoo ( sorry my swedish is all lost, jorg har bösig :-) )

At 16:41 on March 28, 2012, SARAH CORBETT said…

Hi David,

A very warm welcome to the site.

I hope hat you will enjoy interacting here, and find plenty to interest you.

Warm wishes

Sarah

 
 
 

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