Lady's Caucasian Silver Belt, 1908 - 1917. Very hefty and
33 ½" long, 1/2" wide. Weighs 8.2 oz (232 g). Both halves of
the buckle and each of the 46 links show a Kokoshnik
hallmark with the character "O" (Omicron)- "O" being the
official designation of the Trans-Caucasian Assay Inspection
in Tiflis (Tbilisi). Every component also shows a maker mark
in what appears to be two characters from the Georgian
alphabet. Interestingly, despite its appearance, the links
do not actually interlock but simply cleverly overlap; an
underlying, internal strip of red leather is actually what
holds everything together! Please note: it appears that
the belt's length is adjustable only if you remove one or
more of the silver links and shorten the leather underneath.
Intricately designed and wonderfully executed - a delightful
example of pre-Revolutionary craftsmanship from a master
silversmith in the Caucasus region.
Please note: the tea cup appears only to give you an idea of
how narrow the belt is - it is not included!