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This gallery displays a collection of ethnographic jewellery and artefacts from a bygone era. Items were gathered over 40 individual trips exploring Tibet in the 1980s by the current owner. The collection primarily focuses on antique objects used for personal adornment and they are typically hand crafted from a combination of Tibetan silver and other metals. They are often inlaid with gemstones such as coral and turquoise that have long been prized by Tibetans. Objects such as these have almost vanished from Tibet and the Himalayas in recent years, so it is a privilege to be able to offer them to other collectors who will continue to enjoy and appreciate them.
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Antique Tibetan Ornamental Belt
Antique Tibetan Ornamental Belt with Red Coral
Our Price: £595.00

A rare antique Tibetan silver and brass ornamental belt. Inlaid with 19 genuine natural red coral bead cabachons. Hand crafted from a combination of silver, iron and brass. Applied to leather and with additional leather ties and buckle so that it can be worn at the waist.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Material: Tibetan Silver, Iron, Brass, Coral, Leather
Size: The actual ornamental part of the belt measures 18.5 inches x 1.25 inches
Each coral cabachon measures approx 12 mm
Age: 19th Century (some of the coral bead cabachons could be much older)


Antique Tibetan Chatelaine - 19th C
Antique Tibetan Chatelaine with Kirtimukha (Face of Majesty) Clasp - 19th C
Our Price: £350.00

A very nice example of a Tibetan chatelaine or belt ornament from Eastern Tibet. The metal work is a combination of repoussť and chased silver with gold inlay and this is attached to the original fabric strap. The main piece shows particularly nice silver work and displays the Kirtimukha design with seven raised norbu (gems).

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Age: 19th C
98 grams
Material: Tibetan Silver, Gold
main clasp measures 90 mm x 62 mm

Antique Tibetan Silver Belt Ornament - 19th C
Antique Tibetan Silver Belt Ornament - 19th C
Our Price: £300.00

A marvelous example of a Tibetan silver decorative belt ornament from Eastern Tibet. Inlaid with genuine turquoise cabachons. A fine quality heavy piece.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Age: 19th C
Material: Tibetan Silver, Copper, Turquoise
95 mm x 90 mm
Antique Tibetan Silver Torc
Antique Silver Torc or Torque - Hilltribe Regions
Our Price: £280.00

A great looking antique silver torc that was sourced on the Southern border region of Tibet. This is a heavy piece with a classic design. A design also favoured by the Hmon tribe and other hill tribe people of Southern China and SE Asia.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Age: 19th C
Weight: 87 grams
Material: Tibetan Silver
11.6 cm width 12.5 cm height
Thickness of torque = 7 mm

Armour Plate Thokcha
Armour Plate Thokcha
Our Price: £280.00

A Tibetan armour plate. Prized as a form of thokcha in Tibet and the Himalayan regions.

bronze/copper alloy
68 mm x 70 mm
Age: 15th Century or earlier
Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Antique Tibetan Seal Stamp or Chop -19th C
Antique Tibetan Seal Stamp or Chop -19th C
Our Price: £250.00

A fine and well proportioned antique Tibetan chop, displaying a swirling and almost cloud like decoration. The main body appears to have some silver content and the actual base is made from iron. It appears to display the character ཨཱ་ (Ah) in Lantsha script with a sun and moon at the apex. Lantsha is a Tibetan script developed for writing the Sanskrit lanuage.

55 mm x 20 mm
Material: Bronze/Silvr and Iron
Age: 19th C or earlier
Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Antique Tibetan Silver Takdrol Case
Antique Tibetan Silver Takdrol Case
Our Price: £250.00

A rare antique Tibetan silver Takdrol case. Typically worn at the top of the head and fastened to a top knot. Worn by Ngakpa lamas and Yogis to house an important amulet known as a takdrol. A takdrol is believed to multiply the benefit of Dharma practice by many millions. Inlaid with large coral and turquoise cabachons. Please note that the ends to seal this case are no longer present and the back is misshapen and one of the suspension holes has an old repair.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Weight: 54 grams
Age: 19th C
Material: Tibetan Silver, Coral and Turquoise
95 mm x 20 mm
Antique Tibetan Silver Dhugu Bracelet
Antique Tibetan Silver Dhugu Bracelet
Our Price: £195.00

A great looking antique Tibetan silver bracelet known as a Dhugu. This is a very heavy and chunky piece. Typically worn by women and never removed from the wrist once on. This piece has a high silver content but is undoubtedly mixed with other metals to give more strength to the piece. Open ended bracelets have long been popular in Western Tibet and they can be very simple to highly ornate.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
98 grams
Age: 19th C
Material: Tibetan Silver
75 mm x 60 mm

Antique Tibetan Silver Spoon
Antique Tibetan Silver Spoon - 19th C
Our Price: £195.00

A lovely well proportioned Tibetan silver spoon. The handle is engraved with a snake-like design at the apex. Spoons such as this have been valued for centuries in Tibet and the Himalayan regions. The reverse appears to have a faint Tibetan inscription.

Spoons were typcially used for taking medicinal remedies and silver was considered to have special antiseptic properties. The silver itself may have been heirloomed within a family for many centuries before it was eventually used in the making of a spoon or other utensils. It means a spoon may once have started life as several pieces of silver jewellery.

140 mm x 40 mm
Material: Tibetan Silver
Age: 19th C
25 grams
Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Antique Tibetan Thokcha Ring
Antique Tibetan Thokcha Ring
Our Price: £185.00

A superb antique line decorated copper ring that is also prized as a form of Thokcha. Worn smooth from centuries of being worn.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Age: Many hundreds of years old
Material: Bronze/copper alloy
USA size 10.5 or 20.2 mm
Tibetan Silver & Turquoise Pendant - 19th C
Huge Tibetan Silver & Turquoise Pendant - 19th C
Our Price: £175.00

A very large turquoise and silver pendant, typically used to adorn the head or headress of a woman, however, it could quite easily be worn as a stand alone pendant or a focal pendant on a necklace. The turquoise has a large crack running through the centre which probably happened before the bead was set into the silver. The owner obviously thought the piece was beautiful even with the crack and so do we. It also shows that even damaged pieces of turquoise were highly valued in Tibet. It is very heavy and securely set into the silver. The back of the pendant is made from copper. A lovely old piece with a great feel and full of character.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Weight: 95 grams
58 mm x 49 mm x 19 mm
Age: 19th C
Material: Tibetan Silver, Copper and turquoise.
Antique Tibetan Silver Dhugu Bracelet
Antique Tibetan Silver Dhugu Bracelet
Our Price: £165.00

A great looking antique Tibetan silver bracelet known as a Dhugu. This is a classic piece with a nice usage patina. Typically worn by women and never removed from the wrist once on. Open ended bracelets have long been popular in Western Tibet and they can be very simple to highly ornate. This piece has faint longevity symbol decoration where the ends terminate.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Weight: 42 grams
Age: 19th C
Material: Tibetan Silver
actual width 84 mm
inside width at widest point 74 mm
inside height 57 mm

Antique Tibetan Chatelaine - 19th C
Antique Tibetan Chatelaine - 19th C
Our Price: £165.00

A very nice example of a Tibetan chatelaine or belt ornament from Eastern Tibet. The metal work is a combination of chased silver, iron, brass and copper and this is attached to a leather strap. The silver is inlaid with natural red coral. Typically worn at the waist.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Age: 19th C
Material: Tibetan Silver, Iron, Copper, Brass, Coral, Leather
170 mm x 70 mm

Antique Tibetan Silver Pendant - 19th C
Antique Tibetan Silver Pendant - 19th C
Our Price: £160.00

A very nice example of a traditional Tibetan pendant from Eastern Tibet. The metal work is chased silver and is inlaid with a turquoise cabachon. The top has a suspension hole so that it can be worn as a pendant. There is also an additional suspension hole on the reverse. Displays a lovely patina from being worn.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Age: 19th C
28 grams
Material: Tibetan Silver with turquoise.
56 mm diameter

Armour Plate Thokcha
Armour Plate Thokcha
Our Price: £160.00

A fine example of a Tibetan armour plate with extending hooks. Prized as a form of thokcha in Tibet and the Himalayan regions.

bronze/copper alloy 67 mm x 63 mm
Age: 15th Century or earlier
Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Antique Tibetan Silver Spoon
Antique Tibetan Silver Medicine Spoon - 19th C
Our Price: £150.00

A hand beaten Tibetan silver spoon. The bowl and handle is beautifully engraved with a floral design. In the centre of the spoon handle is a raised vajra with space for a cabachon. Spoons such as this have been valued for centuries in Tibet and the Himalayan regions.

Spoons were typcially used for taking medicinal remedies and silver was considered to have special antiseptic properties. The silver itself may have been heirloomed within a family for many centuries before it was eventually used in the making of a spoon or other utensils. It means a spoon may once have started life as several pieces of silver jewellery.

126 mm x 32 mm
Material: Tibetan Silver
Age: 19th C
26 grams
Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Antique Tibetan Silver Spoon
Antique Tibetan Silver Medicine Spoon - 19th C
Our Price: £150.00

A lovely well proportioned hand beaten Tibetan silver spoon. The bowl is engraved and the apex of the handle diplays a flaming jewel design. In the centre of the spoon handle is a raised turquoise cabachon. Spoons such as this have been valued for centuries in Tibet and the Himalayan regions.

Spoons were typcially used for taking medicinal remedies and silver was considered to have special antiseptic properties. The silver itself may have been heirloomed within a family for many centuries before it was eventually used in the making of a spoon or other utensils. It means a spoon may once have started life as several pieces of silver jewellery.

122 mm x 38 mm
Material: Tibetan Silver
Age: 19th C
21 grams
Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Antique Tibetan Brass Medicine Spoon - 19th C
Antique Tibetan Brass Medicine Spoon - 19th C
Our Price: £150.00

A lovely looking antique medicine spoon inlaid with turquoise and displaying a fine usage patina. It has an old repair on the suspension hole at the reverse, allowing it to be worn on the body. This was clearly a treasured possession.

100 mm x 25 mm
Material: Brass
Age: 19th C or earlier
24 grams
Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Antique Silver Kirtimukha (Face of Majesty) Clasp
Antique Silver Kirtimukha (Face of Majesty) Clasp
Our Price: £150.00

A superb looking antique silver clasp displaying the mythical Kirtumukha surrounded by jewels. This piece has some silver content but is undoubtedly mixed with other metals to give more strength to the piece.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
44 grams
Age: 19th C
Material: Silver, Copper
81 mm x 53 mm

Antique Tibetan Silver Gau Front - 19th C
Antique Tibetan Silver Gau - 19th C
Our Price: £150.00

A great looking antique Tibetan silver gau inlaid with turquoise and having a copper back. The gau is sealed shut and may still have some of its blessed contents present, however, we have not opened it to see. A lovely old piece with a nice patina.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Weight: 15 grams
31 mm x 34 mm
Age: Late 19th/Early 20th C
Material: Tibetan Silver, Copper and turquoise.
Antique Tibetan Bell Case (Leather)
Antique Tibetan Bell Case (Leather) - 19th C
Our Price: £145.00

A very nice example of a leather Tibetan ritual bell (Drilbu) case. It is lined inside with woven cord (possibly hemp) and the base also has a felt lining. It has a very fine patina.

Age: 19th Century
Dimension: Height = 170 mm Diameter of base = 100 mm
Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Antique Sino-Tibetan Knife - 19th C
Antique Sino-Tibetan Knife - 19th C
Our Price: £145.00

A great looking antique Tibetan knife with bone handle and decorated silver sheath with shagreen (ray skin) inlay. The handle is also inlaid with copper and iron. It comes complete with the original leather strap so that it can be worn at the waist. The blade itself is still in excellent condition. A nice example!

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Age: 19th C
length 8.5 inches
Antique Tibetan Belt Ornament - 19th C
Antique Tibetan Belt Ornament - 19th C
Our Price: £140.00

A very nice example of a Tibetan belt ornament from Eastern Tibet. The metal work is a combination of chased silver, brass and copper. The silver is inlaid with sherpa coral.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Age: 19th C
69 grams
Material: Tibetan Silver, Copper and Brass
96 mm x 64 mm

Antique Sino-Tibetan Knife - 19th C
Antique Sino-Tibetan Knife - 19th C
Our Price: £130.00

An antique Tibetan knife with bone and horn handle and decorated silver sheath with shagreen (ray skin) inlay. The handle is also inlaid with iron. The sheath is decorated with a dragon and possibly a crow at the apex. The blade displays wear commensurate with age.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Age: 19th C
length 7 inches
Antique Tibetan Belt Ornament - 19th C
Antique Tibetan Belt Ornament - 19th C
Our Price: £120.00

A very nice example of a Tibetan belt ornament from Eastern Tibet. Displays the faces of two snowlions and floral decoration.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Age: 19th C
22 grams
Material: Tibetan Silver
60 mm x 45mm

Antique Tibetan Arrow Point Thokcha
Antique Tibetan Arrow Point Thokcha
Our Price: £120.00

A great looking antique arrow point. Arrow points such as this are elevated to the level of Thokcha (Wylie: thog lcags) in Tibet and are therefore prized and worn as amulets.They are particularly favoured because they resemble a kila or Phurba.

43 mm x 14 mm
Age: 12th to 15th C
Material: Bronze/Copper Alloy
Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Antique Iron Seal Stamp
Antique Tibetan Iron Seal Stamp
Our Price: £120.00

An patinised antique iron seal stamp displaying script at both ends.

43 mm x 11 mm
Material: Iron
Age: 17th to 19th C
Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Antique Tibetan Headress Ornament - 19th C
Antique Tibetan Headress Ornament - 19th C
Our Price: £110.00

A very nice example of a Tibetan headress ornament from Eastern Tibet. The metal work is chased silver and is inlaid with a sherpa coral cabachon.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Age: 19th C
28 grams
Material: Tibetan Silver
79 mm diameter

Antique Tibetan Belt Ornament - 19th C
Antique Tibetan Belt Ornament - 19th C
Our Price: £110.00

A very nice example of a Tibetan belt ornament from Eastern Tibet. The metal work is a combination of chased silver, brass and copper. The silver is inlaid with sherpa coral and turquoise. Typically worn at the waist.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Age: 19th C
Material: Tibetan Silver, Copper and Brass
130 mm x 94 mm

Antique Tibetan Ornamental Case Front - 19th C
Antique Tibetan Belt Ornamental - 19th C
Our Price: £108.00

An interesting example with a lovely shape. It is possible it was either used as part of a headress or belt ornament. It is likely to have once been a container that was adapted to be worn for personal adornment. The holes in the sides are indicative of this. The front is a combination of repoussť and chased silver and the sides are copper. It has been inlaid with two genuine coral cabachons.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Age: 19th C
63 grams
Material: Tibetan Silver, Copper
94 mm x 56 mm

Antique Tibetan Thokcha Bell
Antique Tibetan Thokcha Bell
Our Price: £100.00

A great looking bell that has been worn smooth from countless years of daily wear. Bells such as this are elevated to the level of Thokcha (Wylie: thog lcags) in Tibet and are therefore prized and worn as amulets. It has three small holes at the apex and is still very suitable to be worn.

39 mm x 28 mm
Material: Bronze/Copper Alloy
Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Mandala Thokcha - Four Pointed Star
Mandala Thokcha - Four Pointed Star
Our Price: £95.00

A wonderful mandala thokcha in the form of a four pointed star. A small portion of the outer border is missing. Prized in Tibet and the Himalayan regions.

bronze/copper alloy 67 mm x 63 mm
Age: 15th Century or earlier
Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Antique Tibetan Belt Ornament - 19th C
Antique Tibetan Belt Ornament - 19th C
Our Price: £80.00

A very nice example of a Tibetan belt ornament from Eastern Tibet.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Age: 19th C
45 grams
Material: Tibetan Silver, Copper and Brass
76 mm x 63 mm

Antique Tibetan Silver Spoon
Antique Tibetan Silver Medicine Spoon - 19th C
Our Price: £75.00

A lovely well proportioned hand beaten Tibetan silver spoon.

Spoons were typcially used for taking medicinal remedies and silver was considered to have special antiseptic properties. The silver itself may have been heirloomed within a family for many centuries before it was eventually used in the making of a spoon or other utensils. It means a spoon may once have started life as several pieces of silver jewellery.

111 mm x 34 mm
Material: Tibetan Silver
Age: 19th C
18 grams
Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Antique Tibetan Belt Ornament - 19th C
Antique Tibetan Belt Ornament - 19th C
Our Price: £70.00

A very nice example of a Tibetan belt ornament from Eastern Tibet. The metal work is chased silver inlaid with sherpa coral and turquoise cabachons.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Age: 19th C
28 grams
Material: Tibetan Silver, Copper and Brass
114 mm x 79 mm

Antique Tibetan Silver Gau Front - 19th C
Antique Tibetan Silver Gau Front - 19th C
Our Price: £60.00

A great looking antique Tibetan silver gau front inlaid with coral and turquoise. Please note that the back of the gau is no longer present. This is something a good silversmith could replace.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Weight: 27 grams
53 mm diameter
14 mm depth
Age: Late 19th/Early 20th C
Material: Tibetan Silver and Turquoise
Antique Tibetan Thokcha Bell
Antique Tibetan Thokcha Bell
Our Price: £45.00

A great looking bell that has been worn smooth from countless years of daily wear. Bells such as this are elevated to the level of Thokcha (Wylie: thog lcags) in Tibet and are therefore prized and worn as amulets. It has two holes on the body and is still very suitable to be worn.

24 mm x 16 mm
Material: Bronze/Copper Alloy
Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Antique Tibetan Belt Ornament - 19th C
Antique Tibetan Belt Ornament - 19th C
Our Price: £40.00

A great looking Tibetan belt ornament displaying a snow lion. Has suspension holes so it could also be worn as a pendant.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Age: 19th C
Material: Brass
49 mm x 39 mm

Antique Tibetan Silver Saddle Ring
Antique Tibetan Silver Saddle Ring with Coral

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A great looking small size antique Tibetan silver saddle ring inlaid with antique coral. Rings of this style are typically worn by men and women. The ring has a great patina from years of being worn. The silver at the finger hole has been split at some point, probably to allow the ring to fit a larger finger.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Weight: 5 grams
21 mm x 16 mm
Ring size 7 or 17.5 mm
Age: late 19th/Early 20th C
Material: Tibetan Silver and genuine red coral.
Antique Vajra Ring
Antique Tibetan Vajra Thokcha Ring

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A superb antique vajra or dorje ring that is also prized as a form of Thokcha. Worn smooth from centuries of being worn.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
length of vajra = 19 mm
Age: Many hundreds of years old
Material: Bronze/copper alloy
USA size 6 or 16.5 mm