Late 19th-Century Omani Silver Anklet
This was sitting on my grandparents' coffee table ever since I can remember. I understand that my grandfather's brother George, who lived in Berlin during World War II, got it from some Jewish friends that he helped escape Berlin during the war. And he gave it to my grandparents. And I inherited this after my grandmother passed away.
And did your grandmother give you an idea of what it was?
Well, we had two ideas. I'd heard that it belonged on the tusk of an elephant, perhaps, and also, we looked at magazines, and my cousin says she saw one of these on the ankle of, um, you know, some tribesman or something. So I don't know.
It is an anklet, and it's called an antal. They're made in Oman, which is on the Arabian Peninsula, in a place called Nizwa, and would probably be part of a dowry, and I think this one was probably made any time, probably about 1850 to about 1910. It's made out of silver. The workmanship is extremely good. It's very beautiful, indeed. And, as you can tell, I really like it.
Thank you, I like it, too.
I think a retail price for this would be around $800 to $1,000. (gasps):
Holy cow! Wow. That's amazing. I had no idea.
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