The slide-show contains photos of a small collection of Yemeni silver including:
1) A Bracelet (Shumlaylat) 1930´s See Also British Museum Ingrams collection
2) A cylinder shaped Koran-Box. Part of bridal jewellery Sanaa.
3) A necklace with Dutch 19th cent silver Rijks-daalders and fine detailed silver beads (for filigree beads see also British Museum Ingrams collection)
4) A boys Jambiya (knife missing)
5) A knife handle
6) A collection of silver rings
7) A square Koran box covered with filigree and high quality silver (unusual in Yemen)
ad 1) Antique gilded silver bracelet from Yemen named Shumlaylat from 1930's
Interesting to compare the shown Yemeni designs and techniques with that of Omani silver. The high quality Yemeni silver items were made by Jewish silversmiths, however they nearly all fled to Israel in 1948 "operation magic carpet" see Wikipedia for more details. Esther Muchawsky-schnapper Ref 1 has exactly the same Shumlaylat bracelet. In Sana such bracelets were part of the outfit for a Jewish bride and a new mother. These bracelets are fashioned by Sana´s foremost Jewish silversmiths and are amongst the finest examples of Yemenite filigree work (shabk) The necklace has many old Dutch silver coins (Rijksdaalders) several from around 1870: Many Yemeni men worked during the 19th century and early 20th century as traders in the Dutch Indies typically Sumatra or Java. When they retired they went back to the Yemen e.g. to the Hadramouth and frequently built huge houses. When the Dutch diplomat van der Meulen (Ref 5) visited the Hadhramaut in the 1930´s he was astonished to find that Javanese- Malaysian was the second language . In the right season the tradewinds took the Yemeni to southern India and Sumatra. In the other monsoon season the winds would take them to East Africa, controlled by Omani traders.
ad 6) Yemeni ring
ad 3) Yemeni silver chain, with Dutch silver coins from the 19th century
ad 3) Antique Yemeni silver necklace
ad 3) Antique Yemeni Koran box
ad 2) Yemeni Koran box, with Jewish silversmith mark
ad 7) This Yemeni antique Koran box is normally sitting on a chain with carnelian beads.
ad 4) very rare antique Yemeni children's Jambiya (knife missing) The design of this Yemeni Jambiya is clearly influenced by the design of the Omani khanjar