BALKAN CHILD’S FERTILITY BRACELET
This is a rare variation of the fertility bracelets worn throughout the Balkans, Bulgaria, Albania, and Greece. The usual type which is well represented on the internet is bulky and banded with hemispheres at the sides. It is said that they were worn by single women until married and having given birth. This example is 18th-19th century and would fit a young woman, and probably was given in conjunction with a betrothal in the Muslim tradition. It is bronze, about just over 2” inside dimension with central floral motif. The sides have radial ridges and opposing mounds. It has been professionally refurbished with the silver surface restored.