AUD $420.00

Swat Valley, Silver and Glass Choker.

A woman’s “coin silver” choker , with twisted, tapered arms decorative rosettes with knobs and a raised oval centre, from the Swat Valley, Pakistan.
The arms have a tight twist, this has worn smooth with only an occasional hint of fine detail remaining.
The silver has a warm almost shiny patina with a build up of age and patina in the recesses around the applied rosettes and knobs, tucked in here are two small opaque blue glass “Evil Eye” beads.
The oval silver centre cup appears to have lost its stone (or glass) and has what appears to be a flat, mysterious composite resin, of some form in it, it’s old, looks interesting and has been there a long time.
It’s not a dealers quick fix, more an old repair, so I feel it has an integrity that appeals to me.

You could if you want, give it a light polish with a dry Silver Polishing Cloth, to bring up a good contrast in the silver.

The “coin silver” appears to be of the good quality, possibly between 80 to 90% silver, just 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, very worn.
(one has worn right through and the other is about to.)
As it’s pretty small (I just got into it but getting out was gruesome) 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, the opening measures 63 mm, so it’s almost too small too wear unless you suspend it, and that would be difficult as the loops are now incomplete.
Of course a cord or leather looped just below the flowery knobs at the terminals would be a primitive or earthy solution that would be quite apt. If you’re creative and I suspect you are, you’ll solve it easily.
I’d say a very slim unathletic girl or woman could get away with it but any gym work would make it difficult. (If that 63 mm gap is feasible then relax, raise your chin and approach from the side, touch the back of the neck and swing the gap in an arch towards your throat. It’s surprisingly easy if it’s going to happen.)

There is no stretch to these, so don’t try !

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 105 mm X W 135 mm.

Weight: 125 grams.