A vintage African ring/bracelet made from Bronze and/or Copper. All five pieces are included in this sale. These are pieces are very small ring size pieces. These manilla, named after the Portuguese or Spanish word for bangle were a form of currency in regions throughout Africa where metal had value in society. Wikipedia have an informative page on Manilla.
We often have a collection of these in store. You can find others at the link below.
Makers mark / hallmarks: none
Sourced: in Normandy, France
Age: circa 1930-50’s
Known background: none, came to us as part of an extensive collection of historical African pieces
Materials: bronze and/or copper
Size roughly: very small ring size – smallest 1 x 1 x 0.4 inches – 2.5 x 2.5 x 1 cm – internally roughly 0.8 x 0.75 inches – 2 x 1.7 cm
Weight roughly: 200 g
Condition: in antique condition with signs of previous use, patina and tarnish, dings and scrapes, very solid pieces