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Silver Tube Necklace Republic of Georgia

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Silver Tube Necklace Republic of Georgia
Handmade silver tubes of various lengths are strung together to form this simple, unusual necklace from Tbilisi in the Republic of Georgia. Made of two separate strands, the necklace may have been part of an ethnic costume or just the decorative invention of a home artisan. Dating this necklace is guesswork as a search on Georgian ethnography gave no clue except discussions of the popularity of "silversmith street" in old Tbilisi. It was sold to us as part of a family collection, most of it from the early 20th century. In order to be worn, the silver tubes would need to be restrung as they now are on waxed string. One strand measures 21" (51 cm) in length; the other measures 21-1/2" (52 cm) in length.

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