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by zhaosu
Tue Feb 26, 2019 1:38 am
Forum: Far East
Topic: Chinese Silver box?
Replies: 2
Views: 883

Re: Chinese Silver box?

It's a Vietnam silver, c.1930-50s, probably Saigon. The character is "壽" which means longevity in Chinese. It's a common-used motif in China, Korean peninsula and Vietnam. Though people in Koreans and Vietnam have stopped writing in Chinese for dozes of years, you still can find some Chine...
by zhaosu
Tue Feb 26, 2019 1:27 am
Forum: Far East
Topic: Y.T.K
Replies: 5
Views: 2237

Re: Y.T.K

Probably, c1950s-80s
by zhaosu
Tue Feb 26, 2019 12:58 am
Forum: Far East
Topic: Silver Enamel Match Holder / Snuff Box
Replies: 3
Views: 1513

Re: Silver Enamel Match Holder / Snuff Box

Was ist denn das?! Have to say...it'a newly made fake antique, but the material looks solid silver. I don't know who made this, but they are known to use a single "紋" mark only, presumably since 2000s. The character came from the word "紋銀" which means fine silver but no one use i...
by zhaosu
Mon Feb 25, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: Far East
Topic: Japanese Sterling?
Replies: 2
Views: 671

Re: Japanese Sterling?

Definitely Chinese! The firm's name is "林萬花”(Lin Wan Hua), "Lin" (林) was probably the surname of the founder, and "Wan Hua" (萬花) is the shop's name given by them which means "ten thousands of flowers". In poor taste I have to say. :) The two small characters on the...
by zhaosu
Mon Feb 25, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: Far East
Topic: Lidded Sugar Bowl Mark
Replies: 2
Views: 937

Re: Lidded Sugar Bowl Mark

The marker's mark is "聲遠" (Sheng Yuan, means "fame spreads far"). The firm was believed in Beijing, earlier 20th century.
by zhaosu
Mon Feb 25, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: Far East
Topic: Korean Silver Spoon with "Silver / Silver" hangul mark
Replies: 2
Views: 634

Re: Korean Silver Spoon with "Silver / Silver" hangul mark

Characters on the mark are "銀은", "銀" means silver in Chinese (people in Korean call Chinese character as hangul), "은" also means silver but it's a Korean script. This spoon was likely in 1960s or 1970s in Seoul.
by zhaosu
Mon Feb 25, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: Asia & Middle East - Single Image
Topic: 13" Basket 10.8 Oz.
Replies: 2
Views: 660

Re: 13" Basket 10.8 Oz.

Sounds a silver item made in Yogyakarta (Jogyakarta), Indonesia for me.
by zhaosu
Mon Feb 25, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: Far East
Topic: Pair of Chinese? Sterling Silver Flower Enamel Fluted Vases 258.1g 8" tall
Replies: 2
Views: 616

Re: Pair of Chinese? Sterling Silver Flower Enamel Fluted Vases 258.1g 8" tall

Town mark is "北京" (read from right to left) which means Beijing.
Material mark is "足紋" (top to bottom) which means Fine Silver.
"乙" is an internally used mark, only god knows the meaning now.
Maker's make is illegible unfortunately.
by zhaosu
Mon Feb 25, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Far East
Topic: Help identifying a mark I can’t find yet maybe Chinese tea set
Replies: 6
Views: 1237

Re: Help identifying a mark I can’t find yet maybe Chinese tea set

Based on the style of this "純銀" mark, It should be made in Japanese. Though "純銀" means Pure Silver in China as well, but it was barely used in China before 1949. Only a few firms in Beijing used this word on their marks at that time.
by zhaosu
Mon Feb 25, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Far East
Topic: chinese napkin ring maker?
Replies: 3
Views: 1064

Re: chinese napkin ring maker?

Probably made in Hebei province for exporting to Russia, earlier 20th century.
by zhaosu
Mon Feb 25, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: Far East
Topic: Shot glass: Who is this Japanese silver maker?
Replies: 3
Views: 311

Re: Shot glass: Who is this Japanese silver maker?

Yes, it's YAMAZAKI SHOTEN. Currently renamed as "GINZA TANAKA", they still have a flagship shop in Ginza, Tokyo.
by zhaosu
Mon Feb 25, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Far East
Topic: help me identify maker mark of 950 sterling creamer
Replies: 3
Views: 666

Re: help me identify maker mark of 950 sterling creamer

I've purchased some items bear the same mark before. The characters on the mark was in a cursive script style, so it's hand to recognise. The first is "風", the last is "作" (means "make"). I've tried to figure out the middle one for years, but no conclusion. Hopefully so...
by zhaosu
Mon Feb 25, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: Asia & Middle East - Single Image
Topic: Does anyone recognise these marks ?
Replies: 10
Views: 2013

Re: Does anyone recognise these marks ?

The characters are "純銀旭製", means "Pure Silver Made by Asahi". It's a mark of Asahi Shoten in Kanji (Chinese characters) instead of Latin letters, which is somewhat rare to find. Sorry, a typo. The text is actually "純銀旭造". You can find "製", "造" or &q...
by zhaosu
Mon Feb 25, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: Far East
Topic: Help with Chinese hallmarks on a Silver Belt
Replies: 4
Views: 531

Re: Help with Chinese hallmarks on a Silver Belt

It was made by Chinese immigrant craftsman in Singapore or Malaysia, or so called Strait Chinese silver.
by zhaosu
Mon Feb 25, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: Asia & Middle East - Single Image
Topic: Does anyone recognise these marks ?
Replies: 10
Views: 2013

Re: Does anyone recognise these marks ?

The characters are "純銀旭製", means "Pure Silver Made by Asahi".

It's a mark of Asahi Shoten in Kanji (Chinese characters) instead of Latin letters, which is somewhat rare to find.
by zhaosu
Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: Far East
Topic: Unknown marks on necklace
Replies: 1
Views: 1039

Re: Unknown marks on necklace

"紋銀", read from top to bottom. It means sycee or pure silver. Most oriental countries didn't bother to quantify the fineness in an accurate way, so it's somewhat an ambiguous concept. Should be between 900 to 970 I think.
by zhaosu
Mon Aug 27, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: Middle East
Topic: Help with hallmarks.
Replies: 2
Views: 1048

Re: Help with hallmarks.

Maker mark unknown, a '84' mark on the right for Iran, middle 20th century (before 1979).
by zhaosu
Mon Aug 27, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: Far East
Topic: identfy mark
Replies: 1
Views: 1658

Re: identfy mark

The mark is Laobaoqing (老寶慶, old Baoqing), name of a retailer, probably in Shanghai, though this name was common used by many firms founded by Zhejiang native merchants in many provinces. The bowl was made in 1920s-40s.
by zhaosu
Mon Aug 27, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: Far East
Topic: Chinese Silver Bowl Help ID maker please
Replies: 4
Views: 1422

Re: Chinese Silver Bowl Help ID maker please

The retailer or may also the maker was Wuhua in Beijing, c.1910s-30s. Almost all articles sold by Beijing Wuhua were for Western world.

Makers:
北京 (read from right to left) = Beijing
物華 (top to bottom) = Wuhua (name of the shop/firm)
足紋 (top to bottom) = Pure Silver
by zhaosu
Sat Jul 14, 2018 2:47 am
Forum: Far East
Topic: Japanese or Chinese Silver Marks?
Replies: 5
Views: 1884

Re: Japanese or Chinese Silver Marks?

Not like many other firms or shops in China, the nine great brands (including Feiwenyuan) in Shanghai never used 'Pure Silver' marks in any silverware, only gold items bear the mark for the material. Since they didn't retail silver-plated items, anything looks silver should be in solid silver.

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