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Puzzling Puzzle Ring
by: Yvonne Hammouda-Eyre

Hi Julie

84 which = 84 zolotniki is the most commonly seen SILVER standard mark used in RUSSIA throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries. A zolotnik is and obsolete Russian weight measure and within this system, there is 96 zolotniki to a troy pound.

As your Puzzle ring is not Silver but GOLD, and not Russian 84 is not therefore going to be a zolotnik mark. Puzzle rings were popular and still are in TURKEY. There can be three and upwards of seven interlocking hoops which form a single hoop when assembled but when disassembled are very difficult, a bit like a Chinese puzzle :-) to restore to the original form.

Another thing that's got me bushed, is that you mention the ring is from Iran, so it seems counter intuitive to me to have the letters stamped in English.

In Iran, the Persian language, also known as Farsi, is the most widely spoken member of the Iranian branch of the Indo-Iranian languages, a subfamily of the Indo-European languages. It is the language of Iran (formerly Persia) and is also widely spoken in Afghanistan and, in an archaic form, in Tajikistan and the Pamir Mountain region.

Julie, here's the rub, in Iran the letters of the alphabet, are written in Arabic! So the letters inside the ring if from Iran you would think would be Arabic, not English as they appear to be inside your puzzle - ring.

Julie, I'm flying blind, I cannot research this mark any further without the benefit of a photo.


Best wishes,

Yvonne


Reference:
http://www.farsinet.com/farsi/





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