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Ersari Turkoman, Large Silver Beads

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A long, very wearable collection of large, old silver Turkoman Beads, possibly all Ersari or Saryk, but at least 5 styles, which may represent different tribes, or at least different smiths/workshops.
Together there are 18 large ovoid beads, of graduated sizes, from 47 mm down to 32 mm long.
With one even larger centre bauble, set with red and turquoise coloured glass.
I have one customer convinced this bauble would actually be a child’s rattle (?)
The few I have seen are all pretty impressive and would be made for a specific function, so it is feasible.
The bauble alone is 77 mm long x 44 mm wide.
These beads have been worn a longtime, by different women, on many journeys, there’s considerable wear (check some end tubes for rubbing, wonderful pitting and a range of old dents.)
On many the wire filigree bands that disguise the middle join, have worn down, some almost rubbed away. Some of the others also have wire squiggle, some equally worn and smoothed.
They are now exhibiting the age worn soft patina only naturally aged silver acquires. Everything I like about old Tribal silver, a gentle rub with a dry polishing cloth would remove any excess oxide, and bring up that sort after contrast between the dark dents and the light catching surfaces.
They have been quickly strung on a white cotton string, knotted at the back, long enough to go over the head. You could carefully colour this with a waterproof felt pen, or simply re thread them on a thick silk/cotton cord, in the colour you desire. When not wearing them, they’ll happily just hang on a wall, as a really simple decor piece. (see white image.)
Plain silver, they’re neutral so they can be worn on any outfit, a simple, incredibly tasteful and impressive neck. They’re hollow, so not as heavy as they look. Or of course you can use them in your own design work, ones this size and age are not easy to come by.
In fact you’re very lucky I haven’t used them in my necklaces for the shop, (they looked too good all together), but being beads they can always be rethreaded.

Overall length of beads is 870 mm, there’s extra string for the back of the neck.

We may also have cuffs and rings to complement these beads, just search “Ersari” .

Age: Early/Mid 20 th Century.

Size: L 87 cm

Weight: 417 grams