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This gallery displays a unique collection of ethnographic jewellery and artefacts from a bygone era. They were gathered over a period of 40 individual trips exploring Tibet in the 1980s. The collection primarily focuses on antique objects used for personal adornment and they are typically hand crafted from Tibetan silver and other metals. They are often beautifully inlaid with coral and turquoise, a material that has 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 these treasures to other collectors who will continue to enjoy and appreciate them.

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Antique Tibetan Silver Belt Plaque Ornament - 19th C
Rare Antique Tibetan Silver Belt Plaque with Snow Lion Design - 19th C
Our Price: £1,250.00

A stunning example of a Tibetan silver decorative belt plaque from U-Tsang, Tibet. They are particularly popular with the women from Shigatse, the second largest city in this region. Belt plaques were traditionally mounted on leather and a small purse made from leather may have been attached to the suspension hoop on the bottom. This piece is decorated with a dragon at each end and the central zone displays a double snow lion motif. They both flank a bejeweled wishfulfilling tree. It would be hard to find a nicer example.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Age: 19th/Early 20th C
Material: Tibetan Silver
104 grams
215 mm x 90 mm
Antique East Tibetan Ornamented Eating Set - 19th C
Antique East Tibetan Eating Utensil Set or Trousse - 19th C
Our Price: £795.00

A unique antique Tibetan eating set from Amdo in North East Tibet. Traditionally worn on a belt eating utensils were easily carried and always at hand. This set contains a sheathed knife for cutting meat and a pair of silver chopsticks. The leather sheath is ornamented with chased silver and strengthened with silver rings that are inlaid with genuine red coral and turquoise bead cabachons. Comparable sets (but probably less ornate) were also popular with the equestrian cultures of North China and Mongolia.

The large coral and tuquoise cabachons, in addition to the silver, make this a visually stunning item. These sets were also prized as objects for personal adornment and were therefore viewed as items of jewellery. This meant that the most ornate sets were often an indication of wealth and status within the community.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Age: 19th C
length inlcuding sheath 11 inches
Knife with handle measures approx 9 inches
Blade measures 4.75 inches
silver chopsticks measure approx 8.75 inches
Rare Antique Silver Bead with foliage design - 19th C
Rare Antique Silver Bead with foliage design - 19th C
Our Price: £750.00

This huge antique Tibetan silver bead is stunning and of a quality rarely seen. It displays a harmonious design of winding plant stems amidst foliage and has a lovely patina from many years of being worn. It has a copper core to strengthen the bead. It is very tactile and would make a stunning focal bead on a necklace.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Condition: Very good with minor weathering commensurate with age.
Age: 19th C
approx 35.5grams
Material: Tibetan Silver with copper core
47 mm x 38 mm (hole measures 22 mm diameter)

Antique Tibetan Burlwood Cup lined with silver - 19th C
Antique Tibetan Burlwood Cup lined with silver - 19th C
Our Price: £650.00

A beautiful example of an antique Tibetan burlwood tea cup. This piece displays a lovely usage patina and would have been a cherished item in daily use. Lined with silver and the base is also framed with silver. Burlwood cups were especially sought after because it was believed that burlwood had the power to absorb poison. Even today they are highly sought after in Tibet and Bhutan where the best woods can run into many thousands of dollars for one cup.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Age: 19th C
Material: Wood and Silver
diameter approx 4.4 inches
height approx 2.2 inches

Antique Tibetan Wooden Cup lined with silver - 19th C
Antique Tibetan Wooden Cup with silver rim - 19th C
Our Price: £650.00

A superb example of an antique Tibetan wooden tea cup. This piece displays a lovely usage patina and would have been a cherished item in daily use. Lined with silver rim and the base is also ornamented with silver.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Age: 19th C
Material: Wood and Silver
diameter approx 4 inches
height approx 2 inches

Antique Tibetan belt with silver and red coral - 19th C
Antique Tibetan belt with silver and red coral - 19th C
Our Price: £595.00

A rare antique Tibetan silver and brass belt. Inlaid with 19 genuine natural red coral bead cabachons. Hand crafted from a combination of silver, iron and brass. 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 ornamented 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 Silver Ring with large Coral - 19th C
Antique Tibetan Silver Ring with large Coral - 19th C
Our Price: £550.00

A lovely antique Tibetan silver ring with a large red coral cabachon. This is particualrly nice example and one of the finest silver rings in the collection. The large coral cabachon is blemish free and of very desirable colour.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Weight: 29.3 grams
Ring size approx 17 mm
size of top measures 33 mm x 21 mm
coral measures 17 mm x 13 mm
Material: Tibetan Silver with large coral cabachon.
Age: 19th/Early 20th C
Antique Tibetan Wooden Cup lined with silver - 19th C
Antique Tibetan Wooden Cup lined with silver - 19th C
Our Price: £550.00

A very nice example of an antique Tibetan wooden tea cup. This piece displays a lovely usage patina and would have been a cherished item in daily use. Lined with silver and the base is also framed with silver.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Age: 19th C
Material: Wood and Silver
diameter approx 4 inches
height approx 2 inches

Pair of Antique Tibetan Silver Earring with Turquoise Inlay
Pair of Antique Tibetan Silver Earrings with Turquoise Inlay
Our Price: £520.00

A great looking matched pair of antique Tibetan silver earrings. Typically worn with the additional support of string tied to the top of the ear due to the heavy weight of the silver. Inlaid with numerous pieces of turquoise and displaying a patina commensurate with age. This particular design is worn by men from Golok in Amdo, however, some Tibetans from the Aba/Ngaba region of Kham also adopt this style.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Condition: Mostly very good, however, there is a small
zone and cabachon missing from one earring.
Combined Weight: 39.1 grams
Origin: East Tibet
Age: 19th C
Material: Tibetan Silver & Turquoise
41 mm x 49 mm

Antique Tibetan Silver Ring with Antique Natural Red Coral Inlay
Antique Tibetan Silver Ring with Antique Natural Red Coral Inlay
Our Price: £450.00

A very striking antique Tibetan silver ring with patina commensurate with age. It is a very large ring with great weight and is bejeweled with five natural red coral cabachons. The ring will expand a little larger if necessary. Rings of this style are traditionally worn by both men and women.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Weight: 28.5 grams
Ring size approx 19 mm
size of top measures 53 mm x 28.5 mm
Material: Tibetan Silver with coral inlay
Age: Late 19th/Early 20th C
Antique Tibetan Snuff Horn - 19th C
Antique Tibetan Snuff Horn - 19th C
Our Price: £450.00

A fine antique Tibetan snuff horn that has been ornamented with silver and inlaid with turquoise cabachons. Powder horns, used to hold gun powder for muskets, may have been the original inspiration for this design. Clearly a cherished piece with a lovely patina.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Age: 19th C
Material: Horn, Silver & Turquoise
length approx 4.25 inches
Pair of Antique Tibetan Silver Ashtamangala Pendants
Pair of Antique Tibetan Silver Ashtamangala Pendants
Our Price: £450.00

A marvelous pair of antique Tibetan silver Ashtamangala (Auspicious Symbol) pendants. One piece still retains the original coral cabachon and both have a wonderful patina from being worn. Both display eternal knots, lotus flowers and the golden fish motifs.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Age: 19th/Early 20th C
approx 95 grams
Material: Tibetan Silver with coral
68 mm x 54 mm and 73 mm x 58 mm
Antique Tibetan Silver Hair Ornament or Pendant - 19th C
Antique Tibetan Silver Hair Ornament or Pendant - 19th C
Our Price: £450.00

A stunning antique Tibetan silver hair ornament or pendant. The overall condition is very good with a lovely patina from being worn and handled. The elongated shape represents a conch shell, an important symbol of the Dharma. Collected in the Salween Valley region, North East of Lhasa. Inlaid with antique turquoise cabachons. Probably the nicest example of its type that we have ever seen!

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Weight: 30 grams
length 72 mm, width 35 mm
Material: Tibetan Silver with turquoise
Age: 19th C
Rare Antique Bamboo Bracelet Ornamented with Silver - Animal-Style
Rare Antique Bamboo Bracelet Ornamented with Silver - Animal-Style
Our Price: £425.00

A great looking antique Tibetan bamboo bracelet. The bamboo has been skillfully shaped and ornamented with silver. The silver has been heavily rubbed from being worn on the body and there is some loss. Despite this the bracelet still remains robust and very suitable to be worn. It is hard to make out the complete design on the silver, however, two stylised bats can be seen at each end. The bat was a symbol of good fortune and happiness. Two bats facing each other was believed to bring double the hapiness to the wearer. The only comparable bracelets we have seen came from an area sacred to Yeshe Tsogyal (the principle heart student of Guru Rinpoche) and they were sought after and worn as amulets because of their connection to her. Whether this one came from the same region is unknown. What is clear is that it was worn and cherished for many years and the patina is testament to this.


Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Age: 19th C
Material: Bamboo and Tibetan Silver
actual measurement 81 mm
inside measurement 67 mm
actual width of bamboo 8 mm

Antique East Tibetan Ornamented Eating Set - 19th C
Antique East Tibetan Eating Utensil Set or Trousse - 19th C
Our Price: £395.00

Antique Tibetan eating set from Amdo in North East Tibet. Traditionally worn on a belt, eating utensils were easily carried and always at hand. This set contains a sheathed knife with bone handle for cutting meat and a pair of small bone chopsticks. The wood sheath is ornamented with silver and strengthened with silver rings. The blade is also engraved with a dragon motif. Comparable sets were also popular with the equestrian cultures of North China and Mongolia.

These sets were also prized as objects for personal adornment and were therefore viewed as items of jewellery. This meant that the most ornate sets were often an indication of wealth and status within the community.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Age: 19th C
length inlcuding sheath 8.5 inches
Knife with bone handle measures approx 7.5 inches
Blade measures 4.25 inches