Silver Belt with Russian Hallmarks 19th Century
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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Middle Eastern: Metalwork: Pre 1900: item # 905329
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Silk Road Gallery
PO Box 2175
Branford, Connecticut 06405, USA
|A magnificent silver belt is made of 112 separate silver rectangles, all of them hallmarked, fitted closely together around a leather strap. This piece belonged to a family from the Republic of Georgia who identified the belt as Russian, and sold it not long after Georgia declared its independence following the demise of the USSR. Hallmarks appear to be in Cyrillic and, while difficult to decipher, resemble the letters “MP,” which may be an identification of the silversmith. Four of the rectangles have a design that could be a crest, and are interspersed among the other pieces that have intricate beaded designs. All of the individual pieces have designs on the front, top and bottom surfaces, with hallmarks on all the inner surfaces. The belt closes with two curved prongs that slip through two circles. Leaf scrolling decorates both sides of the clasp. This finely made 19th century Russian belt shows appropriate wear on the front of the clasp and on the inside surfaces. It is excellent condition. The length is 27 inches (68.5 cm) including the clasp, which overlaps about one inch, indicating that anyone who wore this belt had a waist of between 24 and 26 inches (61 to 66 cm).|