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by Damon
Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:44 pm
Forum: Far East
Topic: MIDDLE EASTERN HALLMARK ON A SALT DISH
Replies: 6
Views: 2530

Re: MIDDLE EASTERN HALLMARK ON A SALT DISH

The initials HY which appear on certain pieces of Kelantan silver have been a mystery for some time. See https://www.kraftangan.gov.my/en/craft-information/tokoh-kraf/master-craftsmen. This concerns a skilled Malaysian silver smith, Allahyarham Tuan Haji Ab. Manan Bin Haji Yakub (Pok Teh), who has b...
by Damon
Sun Jun 28, 2020 10:10 pm
Forum: Middle East
Topic: Hallmark on Silver Ewer and Basin
Replies: 8
Views: 352

Re: Hallmark on Silver Ewer and Basin

Chris, The shape of the ewer or aftaba suggests Ottoman/Persian/maybe northern Indian The script is not Arabic, Persian, Ottoman Turkish or Urdu. It is not Roman either. From my vantage point that leaves Armenian or possibly Georgian each of which is spoken in the region and has its own distinctive ...
by Damon
Sun Jun 28, 2020 9:03 am
Forum: Middle East
Topic: Hallmark on Silver Ewer and Basin
Replies: 8
Views: 352

Re: Hallmark on Silver Ewer and Basin

Hello

The script might be Armenian. That is an avenue worth pursuing

Damon
by Damon
Fri Jun 26, 2020 10:06 pm
Forum: Asia & Middle East - Single Image
Topic: Need Help Identifying Persian? Turkish? Maker's Mark
Replies: 4
Views: 745

Re: Need Help Identifying Persian? Turkish? Maker's Mark

The last line is jawahrat fes or Jewel of Fes - possibly the name of the company or workshop

Damon
by Damon
Thu Jun 25, 2020 2:48 pm
Forum: Middle East
Topic: Tea Caddy Mark help?
Replies: 6
Views: 2640

Re: Tea Caddy Mark help?

This is an old post but for the sake of completeness

MG was correct - top line is Mohammed.

Bottom llne is Fes

The middle line is Ibn Suleiman

So Mohammed Ibn Suleiman, Fes

Damon
by Damon
Thu Jun 25, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: Middle East
Topic: Oriental solid silver jug?!Origin?
Replies: 3
Views: 3390

Re: Oriental solid silver jug?!Origin?

It is unsual to see items from Oman posted so I am glad to come across this.

I believe that it is an incense burner.


Damon
by Damon
Thu Jun 25, 2020 1:57 pm
Forum: Asia & Middle East - Single Image
Topic: Help Identifying Mark, Please?
Replies: 3
Views: 443

Re: Help Identifying Mark, Please?

Hello This is Arabic. On the right hand side it says "Bin Isa" (son of Isa) On the left I am less sure but believe it reads "AlKharrat" (lather, an occupational name like the English family name - Turner) The image in the middle may represent a piece of lathed/turned wood Al Khar...
by Damon
Tue Jun 23, 2020 11:12 pm
Forum: Asia & Middle East - Single Image
Topic: Need Help Identifying Persian? Turkish? Maker's Mark
Replies: 4
Views: 745

Re: Need Help Identifying Persian? Turkish? Maker's Mark

Hello

The top line reads Mohammed Al Maqah or Al Maqat which must be a family name

The bottom line is not so clear but on the left it appears to read Fes which is a city in Morocco

I am sure this is a Moroccan piece

Damon
by Damon
Tue Jun 23, 2020 8:12 am
Forum: Middle East
Topic: Large Iranian/Persian Tray Help
Replies: 4
Views: 484

Re: Large Iranian/Persian Tray Help

Effreek Apologies for the long delay in replying. Not sure exactly what the points of difference are but here is my best guess. It is true that the word for silver in Arabic فضة has three letters (from right to left - fa, dhad and tah marbutah) each of which is quite distinct when written in a conve...
by Damon
Tue Jun 23, 2020 7:48 am
Forum: Middle East
Topic: Middle Eastern Dish - Silver?
Replies: 6
Views: 416

Re: Middle Eastern Dish - Silver?

Hello I would like to offer a different assessment of these dishes. I see no numbers - only script, The letters are more maghrebi (north african) style than nastaliq (persian and urdu) style. The presence of fleurs de lis, crescents and stylized 5 pointed stars as prominent design motifs also sugges...
by Damon
Mon Jun 22, 2020 9:32 pm
Forum: Middle East
Topic: ? Tabacco Pot. Unsure of mark
Replies: 2
Views: 764

Re: ? Tabacco Pot. Unsure of mark

Hello The lower marks reads Brunei. It is small country on the island of Borneo Brunei silver seems to be marked very often with the name of the country in Jawi (a variant of Arabic) script plus two Roman letters which may refer to the silver smith. I have never come across an explanation of Brunei ...
by Damon
Sat Mar 21, 2020 7:33 pm
Forum: Middle East
Topic: Large Iranian/Persian Tray Help
Replies: 4
Views: 484

Re: Large Iranian/Persian Tray Help

The design suggests that is almost certainly Moroccan

I can make out two words in Arabic

On the top line انتاج - produce - the second word might be a family or company name

On the lower line فضة - silver

Hope this helps to some extent

Damon
by Damon
Sat Mar 07, 2020 12:57 am
Forum: Far East
Topic: Help with a silver box
Replies: 8
Views: 3954

Re: Help with a silver box

I know that this is an old post but the KAA which appears on some fine Sri Lankan brass and silver items has intrigued me for some time. I suspect that KAA stands for the Kandyan Arts Association which was established in 1882 to support traditional craft workers in Ceylon. It is still in existence a...
by Damon
Sat Mar 07, 2020 12:42 am
Forum: Middle East
Topic: Arabic Marks On Tray
Replies: 1
Views: 523

Re: Arabic Marks On Tray

The text in the third photo is فضة ممتازة fidat mumtaza or "excellent silver".

Sorrry but I can't help with the text in the other photos

Damon
by Damon
Sat Apr 06, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Middle East
Topic: Hi please can you help id these marks on my beautiful tray
Replies: 5
Views: 4184

Re: Hi please can you help id these marks on my beautiful tray

Hello

With reference to the tray, the text in the first image is upside down.

The script is Arabic, the second word is Fes which is the second largest city in Morocco and a traditional centre of metal work.

Hope this helps.

Damon
by Damon
Wed Apr 03, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: Middle East
Topic: Persian Silver ?
Replies: 1
Views: 3884

Re: Persian Silver ?

The text in the lower left looks like Isfahan

Damon
by Damon
Wed Apr 03, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Asia & Middle East - Single Image
Topic: Brunei or Persian Silver Hallmark? Cigarette Case
Replies: 2
Views: 5411

Re: Brunei or Persian Silver Hallmark? Cigarette Case

Definitely Brunei.

It is not an Arabic word so it is imaginable that an Arabic speaker might not recognize it. If you google "silver marks Brunei" and look at images you may come across a box which has the identical markings including the letters AM

Damon
by Damon
Wed Apr 03, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: Middle East
Topic: Marks on box id please
Replies: 8
Views: 7892

Re: Marks on box id please

Michael

The mark on the left reads Isfahan which is a major city in Iran and a traditional centre of metalworking

Damon
by Damon
Wed Apr 03, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: Middle East
Topic: Identifying Armenian Ottoman Niello
Replies: 1
Views: 3534

Re: Identifying Armenian Ottoman Niello

It reads وان which transliterates as van

فان transliterates as fan.

Damon
by Damon
Mon Dec 18, 2017 12:55 pm
Forum: Middle East
Topic: Is this a silver mark on this beautiful tray
Replies: 5
Views: 4048

Re: Is this a silver mark on this beautiful tray

Hello You raise an interesting point about the spelling of Fes It is true that for the letter "fa" the dot appears above the body of the letter in most versions of written Arabic However there is a Maghrebi variation in which the dot appears below the body of the letter You can find a refe...

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