Michael Backman Ltd
Malay & Indonesian Silver & Gold
Engraved Silver Humidor
Brunei
circa 1930
Inventory no.: 29
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Silver Betel / Tobacco Box
Sumatra, Indonesia
19th century
Inventory no.: 639
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Silver Betel / Tobacco Box
Sumatra, Indonesia
19th century
Inventory no.: 640
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Silver Betel / Tobacco Box
Sumatra, Indonesia
19th century
Inventory no.: 641
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Chased Silver Beaker
Java, Indonesia
circa 1920-30
Inventory no.: 1503
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From where do we source our items? We do not go on buying trips to Asia. Nor do we actively buy from dealers or suppliers based in Asia. We do not source items
from Indonesia or Malaysia for example. Almost all the items stocked by Michael Backman Ltd have been sourced from the UK - from old collections. Countless items were
brought to the UK during the colonial era by colonial administrators and the like. Other items were made in Asia for export to the UK – the UK was wealthy early: it has been
a major destination for the world’s exports for hundreds of years.  This means that most of our items have been in the UK for at least sixty to two hundred years.

The conditions in which they have been kept often has been very good – the climate is kind, and there are relatively few pests. Many items were acquired as keepsakes
and curios, meaning that they stopped being used once they came to the UK. This too has helped to preserve them and their conditions often are far better than had they
remained in their home countries. Buying from old UK sources means that the items have good provenance; it helps to avoid fakes, and items that have been amended or
embellished. It also means that our items are obtained legally – today, most countries in Asia prohibit the export of their antiques. So, because of its colonial past, the UK is
perhaps the world’s biggest source of genuine antiques from Asia, perhaps more so than Asia itself, and that is the source into which we tap.

All the items on this page are available for sale. We are based in central London, but sell to clients around the world.  
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Rare Pair of Gold Cuff Bracelets (Tigero Tedong)
Bugis People, South Sulawesi, Indonesia
19th century
Inventory no.: 2237
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Gold Filigree Bracelet (Galang Gadang)
Minangkabau People, West Sumatra, Indonesia
19th century
Inventory no.: 2238
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Large, Engraved Silver Betel Box with Gold Top
Bugis People, South Sulawesi, Indonesia
19th century
Inventory no.: 2245
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Large Chased Silver Bowl (Batil)
Malay People, Malaysia
19th century
Inventory no.: 2566
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Engraved Silver Betel/Tobacco Box with Engraved Gold Plaque
Sumatra, Indonesia
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 2106
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Set of Sacred Gold Regalia for a King
Central Java, Indonesia
circa 800 AD
Inventory no.: 2221
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Rare & Large Silver Alloy Bowl with Wayang Figures
Riau or Java, Indonesia
19th century
Inventory no.: 2898
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Silver-Inlaid Brass Betel Box (Lutuan)
Islamic Mindanao, Philippines
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 2998
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Silver & Gilt Betel Box Set
Batavia, Dutch East Indies
early 19th century
Inventory no.: 3229
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Large, Chased Silver Bowl
Malay People, Malaysia or Sumatra
19th century
Inventory no.: 3289
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Six Chased Silver Bowls (Batil) and Matching Dishes (Pinggin)
Malay Peninsula
late 19th century
Inventory no.: 3548
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Covered Silver Alloy Pedestal Bowl
Coastal Regions, Borneo, Malaysia/Indonesia
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3991
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Silver Lidded Bowl
Malay People, Riau or Southern Malay Peninsula
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 4519
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