Featured Name for this style of Indian wood & silver bangle?

Discussion in 'Jewelry' started by Curioser, Oct 27, 2021.

  1. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    And India got beautiful nephrite jade from China. A favourite of the Mughal emperors.
    The trade between India and China is thousands of years old.
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  2. Curioser

    Curioser Well-Known Member

    You have been a lively and valuable bunch the last couple of days! THANK YOU SO MUCH!
    I've had email issues so didn't see the many recent replies until today. So, it seems I have some Chinese bangles, of silver and bamboo, circa 1920-1930, sold by an enterprising Indian shop owner whose wares were marketed to visitors/foreigners. Yes? What great sleuthing work and historical insights. I must look up memsahib now!
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  3. Curioser

    Curioser Well-Known Member

    Yikes! I did it again! Wrote a long, grateful reply and lost it!

    Thanks to all for your input. It seems I would be safe in saying that I have two bangles of silver and bamboo, made in China circa 1920-1930 but sold by a Bombay merchant of "curios" or gifts who marketed to non-natives, or visitors?

    I have looked up the word memsahib and found it curious that it may apply to an upper class OR married white woman and is a term of respect used by non-whites. Funny that class or marital status could be the determinants in choosing that address.

    I appreciate all your contributions!
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  4. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    That's colonial society for you.:( Fortunately that is all in the past.
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2021
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  5. Figtree3

    Figtree3 What would you do if you weren't afraid?

    Very interesting thread. Lots to learn here!
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  6. Ownedbybear

    Ownedbybear Well-Known Member

    Memsahib was also used by British white colonials to refer to Her Indoors or She who Must Be Obeyed. It's sometimes still used here in a jocular fashion. The memsahib.
  7. Asian Fever

    Asian Fever Well-Known Member

    Sorry, I think it could be Burmese silver rather than chinese based on pattern. I am not able to read the mark.
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