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Antique Middle Eastern Prayer Box and Coin Necklace

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    Posted 2 years ago

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    This necklace is pretty amazing. It belongs to a friend of mine that she won as a lot on auction. I couldn't believe my eyes when she pulled it out to show me.

    From what we found, it appears to be a prayer box necklace from the Middle East. Maybe Turkey. We just don't know for sure and wonder if anyone here knows??? If it is a prayer box, it has been sealed. I was hoping someone would recognize the coins and be able to tell us when, where from and so on. Some of the coins are all but worn down too, so I'm pretty sure it's maybe from the 1800's but just dont know.

    There are no markings, assay or otherwise that I can find. The last photo is of the opposite side. I hope you can see it clearly enough so my friend and I can learn more about it! I haven't tested it but can say it is silver.

    Love any input anyone can lend here! Thanks all ;)

    Mystery Solved


    1. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 2 years ago
      Reminds me of some of the necklaces they did in the early 70's, wonderful !~
    2. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 2 years ago
      Hi Phil. I don't remember anything like this in the 70's but that only testifies...right?! LOL I actually think it's much older tho. Hopefully someone here knows just what it is! It's very cool. My friend left it with me yesterday and I wore it all day. It's a great piece! Thanks for your input, I do appreciate it!
    3. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 2 years ago
      Kevin, Karenoke, Ted & Jlmam thanks to all of you for stopping in! Appreciated!
    4. cameosleuth cameosleuth, 2 years ago
      The middle coin has the date 1327 in Eastern Arabic system, roughly corresponding to 1909. That's as far as my Arabic goes. Does place it in the Muslim world, possibly Egypt or Iran. Also possible the coins are not all from a single country.
    5. IVAN49 IVAN49, 2 years ago
      All coins belong to Ottoman Empire but it was a vast area at the time.
      Armenian silversmiths who worked in Van area of Turkey were famous for niello technique but they were much better.
      You can search for ‚‚van niello silver‚‚
    6. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 2 years ago
      cameosleuth, I love that you could translate that for me! Thank you so much! I really do appreciate it. I also thought Egypt, Isreal... Anyway ;))))) yey!
    7. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 2 years ago
      IVAN49! I am thrilled that you know this info too. UGH! The Ottoman era, I know what you mean by vast for sure. But you have given me the tools I need to pinpoint it down. And I could not remember that word/technique for the life of me! Niello. I also remember Agram explaining that technique in detail too. Anyway, I'm excited to research with something more solid in my pocket now. Thank you so, so much! Very Grateful!!!
    8. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 2 years ago
      A very quick thanks to you guys for stoppin in and loving! I'm off to the grind on this one right now! Will fill yall in when I get done!!! yey!!!

    9. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 2 years ago
      IVAN49! You got it. I found it on the 2nd try!!! Thanks again ;))))

      I wore this piece all day yesterday and loved every minute of it. I'll be sad when she gets it back, but so happy for now!
    10. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 2 years ago
      Thanks for the love Hunter. Appreciated!
    11. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 2 years ago
      Phil, FYI, I was on the right track with the age! I saw one very similar that lacked the top coin and the chain and they stated 1800's. Not that that is a definite, but it made me glad to see it!
    12. cameosleuth cameosleuth, 2 years ago
      Given that the most legible coin is from 1909, while all the others are quite worn down, think you can date this fairly accurately. :)
    13. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 2 years ago
      cameosleuth, pretty amazing! I'm thrilled you can read that, it's an amazing piece. Thank you so much for your knowledge, it's greatly appreciated!
    14. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 2 years ago
      A huge thanks to all that stopped by and loved!

      Always appreciated!
    15. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 2 years ago
      Thanks for the love Hum. I appreciate that.

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