I most certainly got my money's worth out of it in compliments.
This stunning handcrafted silver belt is an elegant mind-bending collector's item. She measures 25" long; a fantastic masterwork of an accomplished silversmith from days long ago when craftspeople took their work very seriously. This beauty must have taken a master silversmith weeks to create.
Eighteen lacy 1.25" links wrap about the waist and she fastens with a simple fold-over clasp which hooks over a bar to the side of the centerpiece. The jaw dropping focal piece itself is just a squeak under 1.75" square and features a raised Starburst button at the center and finished with two two section links that create the two lacy fringes with dangling puff buttons on each of the ends.
This magnificent belt has no maker's marks on her and test positive for silver. It is in perfect condition. No breaks. No repairs. At first glance it looks like it might be Indian silver, but it is not.
Here's an excerpt from a conversation I had with another Etsy seller, RunzWithVintage earlier this week:
"Looking at this again. closely, I am really struck how similar it is, in part, to sølje (Norwegian for silver), which is the term used for the silver jewelry worn with historical costumes. In the mists of the past, they imported a style of silver from somewhere, probably inner Asia -- up the Danube, and into Turkey, where the Varangian guards (largely Swedish) were mercenaries, and to this day, some Swedish, Norwegian, and Finnish national costumes use a similar silver filigree work. For the past 2 hundred years, the Norwegians added little dangling "spoons", and the longer the spoons, the more the sølje is valued.
However, I think this belt could also possibly be Eastern Scandinavian, or used there. It is also possible it might be from the Ukraine, Turkey, or Afghanistan." So with that, I will leave you the buyer to make up your own mind about the origin of this spectacular silver piece of mysterious history.
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