A vintage African collection of bracelets made from Bronze and/or Copper. All five pieces are included in this sale. These pieces are small to medium sized 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: small to medium adult size – largest 3.2 x 2.2 x 0.8 inches – 8 x 5.5 x 2 cm – internally roughly 1.6 x 2.2 inches – 4 x 5.5 cm
Weight roughly: 1 kg
Condition: in vintage condition with signs of previous use, patina and tarnish, dings and scrapes, very solid pieces