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There are two Chinese silver hammered pieces here which could work as pendants. It is 3 1/4 inches long and just over 1/4 inch at the widest. This is one of the few items that I have had from Mongolia.

#2 is probably one half of a clasp illustrated with an animal. Needle case #1 has delicate floral designs all over, nicely smoothed a little from having been handled so much in the past. The button is just over 3 1/8 inches across with an attractive and complex pattern.

This piece has very expressive floral designs etched into it. The entire piece is 8 inches long and the triangle is 1 5/8 inches wide.

These are made and worn by the Hmong people of Thailand and often worn in groups. This is a very delicate and graceful antique silver tool kit from China. This spiralled piece is one half of a Miao silver clasp. The piece measures a little over 2 3/4 inches across and weighs 32.2 grams. You can see a pair very similar to #1 (a little over 1 1/2 inches tall) on page 227 of "A World of Earrings".

This is 3 1/8 inches long and just under 3/8 inch at the widest. Here is an unusual antique silver enamelled needle case which is actually still containing old needles.

This antique silver lock has been stamped with its patterns against a mould. I am told that the "lock" can be opened on this piece but I have not tried to do it myself. The chain attached is not the original one but a silver one that was added for practicality. The lock is 3 1/8 inches wide, just under 2 1/2 inches tall and 1/2 inch thick. They had been used sewn onto hats or clothing in the past but can always have a new use. Needle case #2 has an upraised design which is floral as well. I wonder if it was used as a pin with some attachment at the hook, or if it was used as a pendant.

The piece has a hook at the top used probably, to hook over a belt. Bright green glass Peking glass beads pick up a little bit of light. They have holes pierced in them so that they can stitched onto clothing or onto hats.

This 13 inch long silver tool kit from China has some strong design features like the carved silver rectangles in the hanging chain. This is a rather magnificent antique silver bat adorned tool kit. The bat at the top is 1 7/8 inches wide, just the same as the one below. These are beautiful hammered antique silver pieces of lion like dragons.

The inside of the bracelets measure 2 inches by 2 1/4 inches.

The tallest part of the bracelets is slightly over 7/8 inch while the shortest is 5/8 inch. This is solid silver that is thickest at the ridge around the middle.

These are real, old, silver pieces of flower money though, each pierced (long ago) for hanging.

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