AUD $160.00

Swat Valley, Girl's Silver Neck Choker.

A girl’s small “coin silver” choker , with twisted, tapered arms and a chiselled centre panel, from the Swat Valley, Pakistan.
The arms have a very stylish twist to them with the highest points plain and the recesses detailed, I think it has been lighly polished in the shop recently and it has brought up a good contrast in the silver.

The “coin silver” appears to be of the medium quality, possibly about 80 to 90% silver, slightly darker and harder than Sterling, it therefore takes longer to wear down.
This is relevant if you look closely at the loops at the ends of the arms these are very worn.
As it’s so small I assume she grew out of it then continued wearing it, suspended on cord from her neck.
This, or many cords, has worn the loops away over quite some time, long after its original wear.

In good solid condition, it’s too small too wear unless you suspend it.

There are examples of other similar torques on pages 102 -105, “The Arts and Crafts of the Swat Valley.” by Johan Kalter. T&H 1991.

Where he states that the centre of production for rings (and therefore I’d assume chokers) is Khwazakhela, and that the matrices (or stamps) used to make applied decorations are made in Multan, further to the south east in Pakistan.
Perhaps this is where our “Jewellers Stamps” were made, to see them try searching for stamps.

I find the comparison with Ancient Celtic Torques quite fascinating, although they tended to be gold.

We may still have a few similar pieces, to see them try searching for "choker" on this site.

Age: Early/Mid 20th Century.

Size: H 111 mm X W 104 mm.

Weight: 39 grams.