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by davidross
Fri Jun 02, 2017 2:45 am
Forum: Far East
Topic: Japanese studio mark help needed.
Replies: 11
Views: 4676

Re: Japanese studio mark help needed.

To my eye, the mark quite definitely appears to be 純錫 not 純銀. Such a tiny difference---the difference between pure tin and pure silver . if so, then you would be quite correct in stating that you don't read kanji, archaic or otherwise. How extraordinarily lucky that niceguy1's dish tested as sterlin...
by davidross
Mon Feb 15, 2016 3:17 pm
Forum: Scandinavian Silver
Topic: Help Identify Asian silver Spoon Possibly Iranian
Replies: 7
Views: 2933

Re: Help Identify Asian silver Spoon Possibly Iranian

I've been having a good laugh over this post for quite a while. The spoon couldn't be farther away from home. Even without a clear photo of the marks, it is quite obviously a Norwegian early to mid-eighteenth century spoon. Thank you for this post that proves a point I have tried to make, over and o...
by davidross
Tue Aug 04, 2015 10:45 am
Forum: Far East
Topic: Is this old or new? Real Antique or Not?
Replies: 5
Views: 2310

Re: Is this old or new? Real Antique or Not?

Not at all, my pleasure.
by davidross
Tue Aug 04, 2015 1:58 am
Forum: Far East
Topic: Is this old or new? Real Antique or Not?
Replies: 5
Views: 2310

Re: Is this old or new? Real Antique or Not?

My apologies and my very best compliments to the OP, whose photos are of such truly professional quality that they would be easily mistaken for those of a power seller on one of the online auction sites mentioned in the original post. As my earlier response noted, the marks photographed have already...
by davidross
Mon Aug 03, 2015 7:18 pm
Forum: Far East
Topic: Is this old or new? Real Antique or Not?
Replies: 5
Views: 2310

Re: Is this old or new? Real Antique or Not?

I think that wholesale queries about items "similar to this one" appearing on online auction sites comes perilously close to breaking the Forum's posting rules, to wit: "3. No linking to auctions or posting photos from another's auction ." As the Forum is devoted primarily to the...
by davidross
Sun Aug 02, 2015 2:06 pm
Forum: Far East
Topic: Wang Hing small coin dish. Who is designer and what is the coin?
Replies: 8
Views: 3158

Re: Wang Hing small coin dish. Who is designer and what is the coin?

Thank you for posting the additional images. Now that the chopmark has been cleaned, I believe it is Lin / Lam as I suspected before. Regarding your other queries about the purpose and rationale behind making a small dish with a coin in the center, I have no definite answer, and I suppose that no ma...
by davidross
Sat Aug 01, 2015 9:20 pm
Forum: Far East
Topic: Wang Hing small coin dish. Who is designer and what is the coin?
Replies: 8
Views: 3158

Re: Wang Hing small coin dish. Who is designer and what is the coin?

Welcome to the Forum. As you mention, the maker is Wang Hing. I am uncertain what is meant by "designer" in the context of CES. The three marks shown are, from left to right, an upside-down 90 purity mark, the mark of the retailer Wang Hing, and the chop mark of the master. While the photo...
by davidross
Fri Jul 31, 2015 10:59 am
Forum: Far East
Topic: *NEW TO SITE* Japanese? Pure Silver Vase with Gold Flower need help with maker
Replies: 7
Views: 2635

Re: *NEW TO SITE* Japanese? Pure Silver Vase with Gold Flower need help with maker

The Forum is a place to share information, so by all means, please let us know what you have found out about D. Kobayashi.

I have already posted what I know in the CES Far East Trade topic under Contributors' Notes.

Regards,
DR
by davidross
Fri Jul 31, 2015 1:26 am
Forum: Far East
Topic: *NEW TO SITE* Japanese? Pure Silver Vase with Gold Flower need help with maker
Replies: 7
Views: 2635

Re: *NEW TO SITE* Japanese? Pure Silver Vase with Gold Flower need help with maker

Upon further research, this is the mark of D. Kobayashi, active ca 1930s.
by davidross
Fri Jul 31, 2015 1:25 am
Forum: Contributors' Notes
Topic: Chinese Export Silver & Far East Trade Information
Replies: 306
Views: 197456

Re: Chinese Export Silver & Far East Trade Information

Disambiguation of Kobayashi Silversmiths A recent post in the Far East section has brought to light yet another Kobayashi making or marketing silver in Japan in the first half of the 20th century: http://www.925-1000.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=41706 http://www.925-1000.com/td/f/Far_East/Koba...
by davidross
Wed Jul 29, 2015 2:46 am
Forum: Far East
Topic: *NEW TO SITE* Japanese? Pure Silver Vase with Gold Flower need help with maker
Replies: 7
Views: 2635

Re: *NEW TO SITE* Japanese? Pure Silver Vase with Gold Flower need help with maker

The mark is read Kobayashi. Probably a retailer rather than a maker.

Hope this helps.

DR
by davidross
Tue Jul 28, 2015 9:24 pm
Forum: Other Countries
Topic: could this be chinese
Replies: 2
Views: 935

Re: could this be chinese

This is probably more likely to be Chinese than a certain "novelty embossed face tea caddy" with a Mayan face that hails from Peru or somewhere else in South America. The milk glass (?) base would seem very unusual for Chinese work, but without knowing the dimensions . . . . . And the mark...
by davidross
Mon Jul 27, 2015 4:35 pm
Forum: Far East
Topic: Japanese cigarette case with family crest?
Replies: 6
Views: 2307

Re: Japanese cigarette case with family crest?

That is a good piece of sleuthing. The reason this crest would not be included in a book of crests is that there were only three generations to the Yamashina line before SCAP abolished it (along with all collateral imperial lines) in 1947, so this crest was only in use for 89 years. I see another ci...
by davidross
Sun Jul 26, 2015 4:35 am
Forum: Far East
Topic: *NEW TO SITE* Japanese? Pure Silver Vase with Gold Flower need help with maker
Replies: 7
Views: 2635

Re: *NEW TO SITE* Japanese? Pure Silver Vase with Gold Flower need help with maker

Welcome to the Forum. I can only speak for the limitations of my own mental powers, which the OP has confounded with an overwhelming sense of deja vu. I find it very confusing when someone crops a photo previously posted here by another member and reposts it as a different object and writes "it...
by davidross
Thu Jul 23, 2015 12:35 am
Forum: Silverplate Trademarks - Worldwide
Topic: Identifying Birks Ware is Either Sterling or Plate
Replies: 3
Views: 2197

Re: Identifying Birks Ware is Either Sterling or Plate

I have no dog, or lion, or sphinx in this fight, but there's an old thread that attributes the mark to either John Batt or Josephy Sankey and Son:

viewtopic.php?t=10555

I leave it to others to make a final determination.
by davidross
Tue Jul 21, 2015 3:56 pm
Forum: Silverplate Trademarks - Worldwide
Topic: Identifying Birks Ware is Either Sterling or Plate
Replies: 3
Views: 2197

Re: Identifying Birks Ware is Either Sterling or Plate

I have seen hundreds of pieces of Birks, but I am unfamiliar with the seated lion mark. Birks was meticulous about marking its sterling pieces as "sterling." If the creamer and sugar have no other marks than "BIRKS" with the seated lion mark, it would be highly unlikely that they...
by davidross
Fri Jul 17, 2015 4:08 am
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: What is this?
Replies: 10
Views: 3015

Re: What is this?

Hi Peter, My apologies, I didn't know that misery had set in. It is the swinging lid that belonged to an ashtray. The ashtray had three parts to it. First, the swinging "trap door" lid. Second, a metal surround with disk-shaped cigarette rests into which the swinging lid fit. And third, an...
by davidross
Thu Jul 16, 2015 3:16 pm
Forum: Other Jewelry
Topic: American Maker? Victorian or Newer?
Replies: 12
Views: 3409

Re: American Maker? Victorian or Newer?

Not to worry, Cheryl, you nailed both pieces with solid IDs first time around. Remind me to remind you if we see this mark again. I'm starting to wonder if it was a mark used by several retailers, perhaps in lieu of a national mark or to signify export silver during the years of the Occupation. Or p...
by davidross
Wed Jul 15, 2015 2:06 pm
Forum: Far East
Topic: Chinese Silver Napkin Ring
Replies: 5
Views: 1676

Re: Chinese Silver Napkin Ring

You are welcome.

I just reread our Posting Requirements "don'ts" section, and am unsure if we have any clear rule about cross-posting information between sites. I personally see no problem, but I would defer to our Admins, who will surely weigh in post-haste.

Regards,

David R
by davidross
Wed Jul 15, 2015 11:51 am
Forum: Far East
Topic: Chinese Silver Napkin Ring
Replies: 5
Views: 1676

Re: Chinese Silver Napkin Ring

Transliterated in Pinyin, the mark reads "Hong Xing." This mark bears no resemblance to that of Heng Li. Another piece with this mark was posted some years back: http://www.925-1000.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=33781 The speculation at that time was that this maker was active in the late 18th...

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