Five Exotic .925 Buttons Siam Niello Sterling 5 Buttons Circa 1950 Siam Dancer Buttons with Silver Shank Mint Condition 3 sets available

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Five Exotic .925 Buttons Siam Niello Sterling 5 Buttons Circa 1950 Siam Dancer Buttons with Silver Shank Mint Condition 3 sets available

Intricately detailed set of five (5) mid century matching mint condition sterling silver nielloware buttons marked "Sterling/Siam" topped with a beautiful and highly ornate exotic dancer. I did a very minor polish on the face of the buttons and cleared most of the black tarnish from the back of the buttons as well. I have 15 of these matching buttons and selling them in sets of 5. I dated these buttons as being from the 1950's though they could be several decades older than that.

I have another set of 5 buttons available with a different dancer engraved on them, link to the listing is below:

Each button is in excellent condition with the metal shank intact and secure. I did a bit of digging into the history of Siam,now known as Thailand and below is a very brief time table:

"...The signature of King Mongkut (r. 1851 – 1868) reads SPPM (Somdet Phra Poramenthra Maha) Mongkut King of the Siamese, giving the name "Siam" official status until 24 June 1939 when it was changed to Thailand.[18] Thailand was renamed Siam from 1945 to 11 May 1949, after which it again reverted to Thailand..."
(info found on wikipedia)

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Quantity: set of 5 buttons
Style: Vintage Exotic Siam sterling nielloware
Size: 17mm ( 3/4" ) diameter, 8mm ( 1/4" ) in depth from top of button to tip of shank
Weight: Combined weight of 16.18 gms

These buttons could easily be converted into jewelry, a bit of silver smithing or beading and they could become earrings, rings, a necklace or stunning bracelet.

History and Process of Nielloware:
During the 10th to 13th century AD, Kievan Rus craftsmen possessed a high degree of skill in jewelry making. John Tsetses, a 12th-century Byzantine writer, praised the work of Kievan Rus artisans and likened their work to the creations of Daedalus, the highly skilled craftsman of Greek mythology.

Niello was used on a variety of objects including sword hilts, chalices, plates, horns, adornment for horses, and most prolifically, jewelry for women: necklaces, bracelets, rings, torques, pendants, buttons, belt buckles, headdresses, etc.

The Kievan Rus technique for niello application was first shaping silver or gold by repoussé work, embossing, and casting. They would raise objects in high relief and fill the background with niello using a mixture of red copper, lead, silver, potash, borax, sulphur which was liquefied and poured into concave surfaces before being fired in a furnace. The heat of the furnace would blacken the niello and make the other ornamentation stand out more vividly.

Nielloed items were mass-produced using molds that still survive today and were traded with Greeks, the Byzantine Empire, and other peoples that traded along the trade route from the Varangians to the Greeks.

During the Mongol invasion from 1237 to 1240 AD, nearly all of Kievan Rus was overrun. Settlements and workshops were burned and razed and most of the craftsmen and artisans were killed. Afterwards, skill in niello and cloisonné enamel diminished greatly.

The Ukrainian Museum of Historic Treasures, located in Kiev, has a large collection of nielloed items mostly recovered from tombs found throughout Ukraine.

Thai Nielloware:
Nielloware jewelry and related items from Thailand were popular gifts from American soldiers taking "R&R" in Thailand to their girlfriends/wives back home from the 1930s to the 1970s. Most of it was completely handmade jewelry.

The technique is as follows: The artisan would carve a particular character or pattern into the silver, leaving the figure raised by carving out the "background". He would then use the niello inlay to fill in the "background". After being baked in an open fire, the alloy would harden. It would then be sanded smooth and buffed. Finally, a silver artisan would add minute details by hand. Filigree was often used for additional ornamentation. Nielloware is classified as only being black and silver colored. Other colored jewelry originating during this time uses a different technique and is not considered niello.

Many of the characters shown in nielloware are characters originally found in the Hindu legend Ramayana. The Thai version is called Ramakien. Important Thai cultural symbols were also frequently used. Collecting Thai jewelry (correctly known as Siam Silver jewelry) is a growing hobby with many jewelry enthusiasts.
(above info thanks to wikipedia)


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