• AUD $130.00

    Persian Tea Strainer

    Old hand beaten and stamped Central Asian “Lotus” tea strainer. Much wider than our English cup strainers, this was designed for use with a tea bowl or tea pot. (possibly a brightly hand painted Tsarist Gardnerware Teapot, see our examples.) It has a romantic, almost Art Nouveau feel, various “lotus-like”...
  • AUD $140.00

    Persian, Brass Inkwell

    An old, probably cast, round brass inkwell, perched on four legs. Another simple, functional piece (like an old fashioned, nineteenth century brass doorknob, on legs.) A good, glowing dark patina, many tiny darker marks in or under the patina, it’s obviously old, very old. (Don’t polish it.) Although it stands...
  • AUD $120.00

    Persian, Old Brass Perfume Bottle.

    Made from raised beaten brass, this old perfume bottle from Persia or Uzbekistan, I suspect, has an ornately pierced “tree of life” grip to its screw in stopper. The shape and construction of the bottle itself is reminiscent of much older beated and raised brass work dating well back into...
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    Persian, Papier mache Penbox.

    Sorry, this box is no longer available. However, we may still have another different one.. Another finely painted, lacquered piece, an oblong Penbox, (qalamdan) with round ends and a gently domed top. These penboxes were a mainstay used for storing and transporting Calligraphic or Miniature painting implements (brushes, reed pens, penknives...
  • AUD $340.00

    Persian/Bukharan Belt Buckle

    An old, very wearable, rectangular steel belt buckle, with a raised central plateau and panels of chased gilt scrolling vines and flowers. The bevelled sides of the centre are not gilt, having been roughly polished revealing the “silvery” metal foliage. Has probably been buried due to the corrosion on the...
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    Sufi Mystic's "Coco de Mer" Alms Bowl

    A "kashkul" or Alms (Begging) Bowl used by Sufi mystics. Made from the shell of the mysterious and exotic “Coco de Mer” (lodoicea maldivica) the largest seed in the world, which grows up to 36 kg, only on the Seychelles Islands, in the Indian Ocean. These nuts would float accross...
  • AUD $350.00

    Sufi Mystic's Metallic Embroidered Hat

    The quality of this old Sufi hat, from somewhere in old Turkestan, possibly Tajik it was found in Afghanistan, (but possibly from Bukhara which is famous for metallic embroidery) is a puzzle to me, as it is supposed to be a Sufi or Dervish hat, worn by ascetic mendicant Dervishes. These...
  • AUD $240.00

    Tajik, Recycled Snuff Bottle.

    A cast clear glass “snuff” bottle, made from a recycled perfume bottle, with an embossed silver throat, and an ornate Silver, Old Coral and Turquoise stopper. With an internal screw to lock, the hole is quite large. But that’s so it can hold a long twisted silver spoon for use...
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    Tekke Turkoman, Silver Perfume Bottle.

    Sorry, this bottle is no longer available. Here’s an small old silver and gilt Tekke Turkoman perfume bottle set with “eye shaped” carnelians for protection. I can't help seeing this bottle as a  barbarian _"dalek"_ prototype. Age: Mid/Late 20th Century. Size: H 75 mm x D 40 mm. Weight: 33...
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    Tibetan (Ga'u) Prayer Box

    This old Prayer Box is no longer available.Engraved and embossed ”repoussee” silver fronted, copper Tibetan Prayer Box (Ga’u), worn as a protective Religious amulet case, or portable shrine. Often used to carry/enclose small statues, woodblock print/prayers or objects blessed by a Lama. Surrounding the central opening, are the Eight Auspicious...
  • AUD $320.00

    Tibetan, Lidded Copper Bowl

    Very old, hand beaten (and repeatedly knocked, over the years) copper Tibetan bowl, lidded with brass rims. Has been used to hold Yak butter. (That distinctive Tibetan smell, still lurks inside.) Well balanced form and proportions, reminiscent of an Opium Poppy pod, or Lotus pod. It’s construction, beating and raising...
  • AUD $540.00

    Tibetan, Old Knife and Sheath.

    This short but solid Tibetan knife with scabbard of wood  covered in engraved steel, textured leather and bound with dull tarnished brass with copper rivets, then set with studs of rich old red coral. (These are everpresent protecting the wearer from attacks by Demons and the general perils of survival in the mountains.) The flaring pommel...
  • AUD $68.00

    Timorese Bamboo Tobacco Box.

      This old tubular two piece carved bamboo box was made to carry tobacco, tucked into a Timorese man's woven waist sash. (They may also have been carried in the small flat weave shoulder bags, of which we have two examples.) This broader or more squat design is for tobacco,...
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    Timorese Beaded Lime Pot

    This old beaded tubular beaded bamboo box was made by the Atoni in Western Timor, to carry powdered lime for use in "betel" (areca nut and betel leaf) preparation, and wornin the small flat weave shoulder bags of which we may still have two examples, see also Plainer incised bamboo lime pots...
  • AUD $130.00

    Timorese Beaded Lime Pot

     This old beaded tubular beaded bamboo box was made by the Atoni in Western Timor, to carry powdered lime for use in "betel" (areca nut and betel leaf) preparation, and wornin the small flat weave shoulder bags of which we may still have two examples, see also Plainer incised bamboo lime pots...
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    Timorese, Bamboo Tobacco Box

     This old tubular two piece carved bamboo box was made to carry tobacco, tucked into a Timorese man's woven waist sash. They may also have been carried in the small flat weave shoulder bags of which we have two examples. This broader or more squat design is for tobacco, as...
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    Tsarist Russian Gardner Tea Pot

    Sorry, this little Teapot is on HOLD, however we have others. Low small Brown Tsarist Russian Gardner Tea pot, with the silver encased spout. Founded in 1754, by an Englishman, Francis Gardner, these were made near Moscow and traded throughout Russia and Central Asia, catering to the tastes of the...
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    Tsarist Russian Gardner Tea Pot

    The serious porcelain collector would probably be appalled that we’re offering this mutilated and heavily repaired Late 19th century tea pot. But to the collector of all things Silk Route or Tribal, here’s a treasure, a much loved and travelled tea pot from the yurts or towns of Central Asia,...
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    Tsarist Russian Gardner Tea Pot

    Sorry this lovely little tea pot is no longer available. The serious porcelain collector would probably be appalled that we’re offering this mutilated and heavily repaired Late 19th or Early 20th century tea pot. But to the collector of all things Silk Route or Tribal, here’s a treasure, a much...
  • AUD $100.00

    Tsarist Russian Gardner Tea Pot

    The serious porcelain collector would probably be appalled that we’re offering this mutilated and heavily repaired Late 19th or Early 20th century tea pot. But to the collector of all things Silk Route or Tribal, here’s a treasure, a much loved and travelled tea pot from the yurts or towns...