Michael Backman Ltd
North African, Middle Eastern & Central Asian
Antique Jewellery
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Fine Silver Amulet Box with Filigree
Yemen
late 19th/early 20th century
Inventory no.: 580
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From where do we source our items? We do not go on buying trips to Asia. Nor do we actively buy from dealers or suppliers based in Asia. We do not source items
from India itself for example. Almost all the items stocked by Michael Backman Ltd have been sourced from the UK - from old collections. Countless items were brought to
the UK during the colonial era by colonial administrators and the like. Other items were made in Asia for export to the UK – the UK was wealthy early: it has been a major
destination for the world’s exports for hundreds of years.  This means that most of our items have been in the UK for at least sixty to two hundred years.

The conditions in which they have been kept often has been very good – the climate is kind, and there are relatively few pests. Many items were acquired as keepsakes
and curios, meaning that they stopped being used once they came to the UK. This too has helped to preserve them and their conditions often are far better than had they
remained in their home countries. Buying from old UK sources means that the items have good provenance; it helps to avoid fakes, and items that have been amended or
embellished. It also means that our items are obtained legally – today, most countries in Asia prohibit the export of their antiques. So, because of its colonial past, the UK is
perhaps the world’s biggest source of genuine antiques from Asia, perhaps more so than Asia itself, and that is the source into which we tap.

All the items on this page are available for sale. We are based in central London, but sell to clients around the world.  
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Pair of Fire-Gilded Silver & Agate Cuff Bracelets
Tekke People, Southern Turkmenistan
circa 1870
Inventory no.: 2332
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Parcel-Gilt Silver Bridal Comb
Turkmen People, Central Asia
early 19th century
Inventory no.: 3082
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Parcel-Gilt Silver Bracelet
Kazakh People, Central Asia
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3560
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Pair of Silver Headdress Ornaments
Bedu People, Oman
19th century
Inventory no.: 3983
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Silver Thumb Ring
San’a, Yemen
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 3979
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Seven Fine Silver Headdress Ornaments with Filigree & Tassels
Dhofar Region, Southern Oman
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4011
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Large, Fine Silver Anklets
Oman
19th century
Inventory no.: 4029
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Rare Set of Woman’s Silver Hair Ornaments (Mashaq-ir)
Jewish Community, Saada region, Yemen
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3857
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Coral and Silver Necklace
Yemen, probably Mahwit
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4030
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Pair of Silver Woman’s Hair Rings
Anti-Atlas Region, Morocco
19th century
Inventory no.: 4284
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Pair of Silver Woman’s Hair Rings
Morocco, pre-Sahara Region
19th century
Inventory no.: 4283
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Silver Ring with Black Horn 'Stone'
Yemen, probably Saada
19th century
Inventory no.: 3283
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Pair of Woman’s Niello Silver Ear Ornaments
Dagestan, Northern Caucasus, Russia
circa 1905
Inventory no.: 3763
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Silver Necklace with Three Attached Silver Amulet Boxes with Coral Beads
Hadhramaut Region, Yemen
19th century
Inventory no.: 4136
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Silver-Gilt Belt Buckle with Polychrome Enamel & Filigree
Armenian Community, Ottoman Turkey
18th century
Inventory no.: 4666
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Parcel-Gilded Silver Buckle
Balkans
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 4672
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Silver Ring
Yemen
19th century
Inventory no.: 4202
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Gilded Silver & Copper Buckle inset with Carved Coral Cabochons
Ottoman Turkey or Balkans
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 4930
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Pair of Engraved Silver Bracelets
Nubian People, North-East Africa
19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3664
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Cast Silver Bracelet
Tihama Region, likely Hudayda (al Dhahiyy), Yemen
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 5107
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Child's Heavy Silver Bracelet
Hajjah, Yemen
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 5110
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Pair of Gold & Turquoise Mulberry-shaped Earrings
Saudi Arabia
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 5158
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