Share your favorites on Show & Tell

Siam Sterling Nielloware clip-on earrings

In Fine Jewelry > Ethnic Jewelry > Show & Tell and Asian > Show & Tell.
Ethnic Jewelry54 of 108Siam Sterling Dancer Broochmysterious ring
10
Love it
0
Like it

NewfldNewfld loves this.
racer4fourracer4four loves this.
melaniejmelaniej loves this.
TassieDevilTassieDevil loves this.
valentino97valentino97 loves this.
auraaura loves this.
nutsabotas6nutsabotas6 loves this.
martikamartika loves this.
pops52pops52 loves this.
EfesgirlEfesgirl loves this.
See 8 more
Add to collection

    Please create an account, or Log in here

    If you don't have an account, create one here.


    Create a Show & TellReport as inappropriate


    Posted 4 years ago

    pebble
    (31 items)

    I've only been trying to find out a bit more about this family collection for a few weeks but already I'm hooked on researching them and have learned a lot from looking at similar items on this site and working through the links that members are kind enough to post. I hope some of my posts might be useful and/or interesting to someone starting out like me, and I'd welcome any corrections if I'm getting things wrong!

    So today I have these clip-on earrings marked "Siam sterling" on the back. The tail is hinged, as I've seen on other necklaces and brooches with the same peacock design. The design in silver and black is known as "Niello" or "Nielloware" (see link in comments). The interesting thing for me is that they were stored clipped on to a card printed with "Chirochana Raenkham, Public Welfare Department Thailand", with the name "Utoomporn Sanasen" handwritten above it.

    I have a theory that my grandfather bought these for my grandmother, or that he was given them as a gift by one of the people on the card. Having "Thailand" on the card helps to date when he got them, as Siam was renamed Thailand in 1939, then reverted to Siam in 1945. Siam eventually became Thailand again in 1949. I believe these come from the earlier dates, as my grandfather died in the mid-1940s. If this is the case though, my grandmother probably didn't get them until after his death as he was away for years at a time and died overseas.

    If you got this far, thank you for reading!

    logo
    Ethnic Jewelry
    See all
    NAVAJO SQUASH BLOSSOM NECKLACE-STERLING SILVER-TURQUOISE-NATIVE AMERICAN-OLD!
    NAVAJO SQUASH BLOSSOM NECKLACE-STER...
    $158
    Navajo Handmade Necklace Bail Extender - 7J20B
    Navajo Handmade Necklace Bail Exten...
    $39
    UNUSUAL ANTIQUE CHINESE GOLD ON SILVER GREEN JADE PINK TOURMALINE BROOCH
    UNUSUAL ANTIQUE CHINESE GOLD ON SIL...
    $200
    Vtg Lopez Mexico Sterling  Art Deco Repousse Swirl & Leaf Clamper Bracelet TAXCO
    Vtg Lopez Mexico Sterling Art Deco...
    $98
    logo
    NAVAJO SQUASH BLOSSOM NECKLACE-STERLING SILVER-TURQUOISE-NATIVE AMERICAN-OLD!
    NAVAJO SQUASH BLOSSOM NECKLACE-STER...
    $158
    See all

    Comments

    1. pebble pebble, 4 years ago
      “These silver and black Thai pieces were popular in the 1950s through '70s, and were produced by a variety of jewellery shops. It is technically "Niello" or "Nielloware", created by carving out areas of the silver, and baking a sulfur/metals powder in the carved out areas. Note that the term "Siam" was used on these items from the early 1930s well into the 1980s (even when Siam was re-named Thailand). The term was used to represent the "Thai craftsmanship community." “ Charles Dittell http://www.siamman.com
    2. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 4 years ago
      http://siamman.com/siamqa.html
    3. pebble pebble, 4 years ago
      Thanks for the love and the link Efesgirl!
    4. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      These peacocks are great.....and love your story too!!
    5. pebble pebble, 4 years ago
      Thanks TassieDevil, I wish I'd found these 20 years ago and I'd have been able to ask her the full story about the card and when she got them!

      Thanks to TassieDevil, valentino97, aura, nutsabotas6, martika, pops52 for stopping by and for the love :)
    6. Nicspawee Nicspawee, 4 years ago
      The earings are very interesting and beautiful!
      I am not so lucky that I din't have much old Thai jewelry...
      Btw,most of people in SANASEN family are artists,some of them are very famous!
    7. pebble pebble, 4 years ago
      How interesting Nicspawee, thanks for sharing that! I know this is a fairly common design of earring as I've seen a lot on various auction sites etc., but I'm now wondering if Utoomporn Sanasen made this pair, and that's why they were stored with this card? Maybe the card was the only thing my grandfather had available to write down the name. What a mystery!
    8. racer4four racer4four, 4 years ago
      Gorgeous Pair Pebble!
      This is my peacock brooch with hinged tail, also from Siam.
      http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/194894-sterling-peacock-brooch
    9. pebble pebble, 4 years ago
      Thanks racer4four! I love the colours on your brooch. Seeing your post a couple of weeks ago was what made me look into this pair :)

    Want to post a comment?

    Create an account or login in order to post a comment.