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Antiques Tibetan Purse or Wallet

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Antiques Tibetan Purse or Wallet
Many people confuse Tibetan matchstrikes and Tibetan wallets since both appear so similar at first glance. The difference is apparent even with a quick glance once you know what to look for. A matchstrike always has a broad curve of steel at the bottom whereas a wallet has a wider bottom and no steel. Search our site for "Tibetan matchstrike" and you will see the difference. Like the matchstrikes Tibetan wallets were hung from the wearer's belt and were both a utilitarian as well as a decorative accessory in addition to being a sign of affluence.

This Tibetan wallet is decorated with a drilled turquoise bead, obviously once part of a necklace. It is not at all unusual to see turquose or coral beads recycled into other uses. This wallet is finely decorated on both sides as well as on the bottom with silver and gold washed silver ornamentation. It has an additional pendant mounted on leather hanging from its bottom. Both the pendant and the leather strap for hanging from a belt appear to me more recent additions, while the wallet itself shows more careful workmanship and greater age.

The wallet is 5-1/4 inches long and measured from the belt loop to the end of the pendant is 14 inches long. It dates back at least to the 19th century and could be considerably earlier.

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