I was sent the following pictures by blog reader Raul Garcia who lives in Mexico. Some years ago he bought an interesting silver item in a flea market. It is indeed very unusual and Raul wonders if anyone can help him to identify it as he thinks it may possibly be of Byzantine origin. Such a piece in Mexico is not totally unlikely. For one thing it could have been brought to Mexico by some settler. We also know from the writings of Patrick Leigh Fermor that there are people from the Greek diaspora to be found even in Central America; perhaps they brought it with them? Then of course it could be from somewhere else.
Can you help? If so do get in touch via email tsawford [at] btinternet.com or the comments page.
Here is Raul’s note to me:
My name is Raul Garcia and I live in Mexico. It is the first time I visit your blog and found it very interesting and rich in contents; that’s why I wanted to share you the following, hoping to get some help and orientation regarding a very antique and rare silver piece I purchased about 8 years ago in a flea market in downtown Mexico City. The piece has very unique characteristics and particularly, some engravings that I suspect might be Greek in their origin (but since I can’t read them I can’t be sure). The piece depicts (in my humble opinion) some important passages of the Byzantine Empire and I would like to send you some pictures to your consideration, in order to be able to know whether the piece holds some historical value or significance. It would be great to share these pictures with everyone here, hoping to get invaluable opinions and more accurate information regarding this piece. Please let me know how can I send you the pictures.