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SOLD - Chinese Straits Silver Belt - Antique Circa 1919

An exceptional, fine and impressive antique Chinese export silver belt; an addition to our diverse range of Chinese silverware

SKU: A6873

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This exceptional antique Chinese Straits silver belt has a broad articualated form with an oval shaped buckle.

The surface of the articulated belt strap is comprised of multiple hinged silver segments incorporating applied quatrefoil floral motifs in a trellis design.

The strap is further ornamented with a paralleling silver chain link style border.

Each strap terminal is embellished with an impressive hallmarked panel of pierced floral ornamentation, encompassed with a vertebrate band.

The large, detachable Chinese Straits silver buckle has a convex form and is ornamented with paralleling bands of floral motifs accented with a central floral design and two large soaring birds.

This exceptional Chinese silver belt secures with two wirework hooks to the strap which grapple the counterpart bracket to the back of the buckle; this clamping clasp system does not allow for the wearing length of the belt to be adjusted.

The reverse surface of one strap terminal incorporates a Straits Settlement 5 cent coin bearing the date 1919.

Note: The construction of the average belt would take thousands of interlocking rings and loops to form the fluid motion experienced by the wearer. This demanded intricate workmanship and attention to detail during assembly to allow for a detailed, decorative pattern

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Maker: Unknown
Date: 1919
Origin: China


This antique Chinese silver belt is an exceptional gauge of silver for its type, exceptional quality and in exceptional condition.

The applied and pierced decoration is sharp.

The hallmarks struck to the reverse surface of the belt are very clear in keeping with age.

Reflections in photographs may detract from the true representation of this example of Chinese silverware.


Length 83.1cm/32.7"

Length including buckle 90.6cm/35.7"

Width 6.7cm/2.6"

Width of buckle 9.7cm/3.8"


22.6 troy ounces/704g

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