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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Gold Talismanic Upper Armband (Bazuband)
Northern India or Persia
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 1092
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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.: 3081
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Parcel-Gilt Silver Bridal Comb
Turkmen People, Central Asia
early 19th century
Inventory no.: 3082
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Silver-Gilt Comb with Coral & Turquoise
Kazak People, Central Asia
19th century
Inventory no.: 3090
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Engraved, Silver, Three-Part Talismanic Bazuband
Iran (Persia)
19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3503
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Pair of Silver & Gold Bracelets
Ibri, Oman
first half of the 20th century
Inventory no.: 3574
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Large, Inscribed Silver & Gilded Silver Filigree Buckle
Ottoman Balkans
early 19th century
Inventory no.: 3613
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Parcel-Gilt Silver Bracelet
Kazakh People, Central Asia
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3560
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Silver & Glass Bead Necklace
Taiz, Yemen
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 3971
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Silver Bead & Composite Amber Bead Necklace with Silver Amulet Case
San’a, Yemen
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3966
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Silver Amulet Case Necklace with Silver & Coral-Pink Glass Beads (‘Aqd Marjan)
Rayma or Haraz, Yemen
19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3968
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Hollow, Engraved Silver Bracelet
Nizwa, Oman
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3982
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Pair of Silver Headdress Ornaments
Bedu People, Oman
19th century
Inventory no.: 3983
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Pair of Silver Ear Ornaments
Oman
19th century
Inventory no.: 3981
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Silver Thumb Ring
San’a, Yemen
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 3979
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Silver Bead & Processed Amber Bead Necklace with Silver Amulet Case
San’a, Yemen
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3970
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Silver Panel Belt
probably Yemen or Oman
circa 1950
Inventory no.: 3973
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Massive & Superb Silver & Gold Necklace with Amulet Box (Hirz)
Oman, probably Nizwa
19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3997
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Complete, Rare Silver & Gold Head Ornament
Oman
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4012
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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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Engraved Silver Crescent-Shaped Cloak Pin or Fibula (Hlal)
Tunisia
19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4370
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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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Pair of Silver Earrings (Tezabiten or Tsabit)
Tuareg People, Saharan Africa
probably 19th century
Inventory no.: 4209
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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 Filigree Belt Buckle with Tugra
Ottoman Turkey
19th century
Inventory no.: 4578
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