Inventory no.: 3268

Peranakan Silver Bangles Bracelets


Two Peranakan or Straits Chinese Rope Twist Silver Bracelets

Straits Settlements, Malaysia/Singapore

19th century

outside diameter: 8cm, inside diameter: 6.6cm, weight: 53g

outside diameter: 7.4cm, inside diameter: 6.3cm, weight: 37g

These two fine, solid silver bracelets are made of several strands of silver wire that have been twisted together like rope. The strands on one are looser than on the other creating a more open design.

Ho (1984, p. 126) illustrates related examples and comments that such bracelets were popular among Straits Chinese ladies until the turn of the nineteenth century. They were also worn by Malay women.

The two are in excellent, wearable condition.


Ho, W.M., Straits Chinese Silver: A Collector’s Guide, Times International, 1984.Provenance:

UK art market

Inventory no.: 3268