19c Ottoman Empire Islamic Turkish Russian Brass Niello Belt

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Seller: jonasgazebo1 (1,472) 100%, Location: La Center, Washington, Ships to: US, Item: 133014286408 First I want to stress I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT THIS PIECE. What I am going to describe is what I found on the internet about it. I have had it for many years and can't even remember where I got it. For the basics, we think it is brass and tested it with a magnet that doesn't stick to it. A magnet only sticks to the hinge pins. The belt measures 33 1/2" x 1 1/4" and it weighs 1 lb 2.8 ounces. Each neillo vignette has hand painted decorations on it. On the buckle was attached the red string/rope. It may have held a tassle or? The belt is in good vintage condition with wear commensurate with age. There are a couple of small bends in it. I also found something similar on ebay and they thought it may be from the 1900's. I have no idea??? I found on Google the words Islam, Muslim, Persia, Central Asia, Russia, Turkey. I input moon sliver/crescent and star and found it was the symbol of Islam. I also found the belt may have been for a marriage or a noble woman. There are 3 cutouts for the buckle to attach to - the first is at 28 1/2", 2nd 30 1/2" and the last 32 1/2". I'll leave my pictures to tell the story and I'll leave you bidders to tell me what this piece actually is and what price it should bring by your bids. Thank you and good luck!! P.S. I also input crossed flags and star and there is a country in Western Africa called Mauritania who flag has that symbol on it. I don't know if this has any connection to the belt or not? Mauritania is the largest country in Western Africa. FYI Material: Brass

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