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by davidross
Sun Mar 22, 2015 12:47 pm
Forum: Far East
Topic: Erstaz Chinese writing on silver? - or what?
Replies: 1
Views: 842

Re: Erstaz Chinese writing on silver? - or what?

The mark looks like 紋5. I do not know what this might signify, or even if it is (or is not) a silver mark. A possible translation would be "fineness 5." I would suggest looking for clues in Straits and other Chinese diasporic silver production. Hopefully someone else, or the OP, will event...
by davidross
Sun Mar 22, 2015 12:33 pm
Forum: Far East
Topic: Rectangle tray 970 sterling semicircle or c help identify
Replies: 1
Views: 1190

Re: Rectangle tray 970 sterling semicircle or c help identify

If this tray is Japanese, it would definitely be postwar, probably made during the Occupation (1945-1952). The marks are not very clear in the posted photos. A cropped, sharper close-up of the marks would be helpful, but perhaps not conclusive, as a number of small retailers were active during the O...
by davidross
Wed Mar 18, 2015 11:49 pm
Forum: Asia & Middle East - Single Image
Topic: Octagonal Box Marked only Silver
Replies: 2
Views: 1481

Re: Octagonal Box Marked only Silver

It looks like mid-20th century Indian silver. Others may have different opinions.

Regards
DR
by davidross
Wed Mar 18, 2015 3:13 pm
Forum: Asia & Middle East - Single Image
Topic: japanese incense pot mark
Replies: 1
Views: 959

Re: japanese incense pot mark

Welcome to the Forum. The photos in the posted links are not clear enough to read the mark. Please try to post a cropped close-up of the mark. Most people will not click on links, so it is better to post embedded images. Tinypic is recommended. Here are some instructions that should help: http://www...
by davidross
Mon Mar 16, 2015 8:10 pm
Forum: Far East
Topic: Help identifying Shanghai silver
Replies: 4
Views: 1410

Re: Help identifying Shanghai silver

Welcome to the Forum.

The maker is Zee Wo, as you say.

Looks like a trumpet vase that originally had a glass liner or insert.

Regards,
DR
by davidross
Wed Feb 25, 2015 11:33 am
Forum: Far East
Topic: Please Help ID Mark On Asian Salt Cellar #2
Replies: 1
Views: 859

Re: Please Help ID Mark On Asian Salt Cellar #2

The maker is Wing Fat, circa 1890 to 1910

Regards
DR
by davidross
Mon Feb 23, 2015 8:57 am
Forum: Other Jewelry
Topic: Help dating a 900 silver ring
Replies: 7
Views: 2385

Re: Help dating a 900 silver ring

That is a good photo of the mark. The style of the ring, as well as the mark, do not look Asian to me. I agree that the animal looks like a stylized dolphin, like the kind of sea creature drawn on a 17th century map of the Mediterranean. I suspect the ring is mid-twentieth century, but defer to thos...
by davidross
Thu Feb 12, 2015 12:08 pm
Forum: Other Jewelry
Topic: Vietnam or Korea Gold Ring
Replies: 6
Views: 5311

Re: Vietnam or Korea Gold Ring

I am not certain what your question is, but if you are seeking opinions regarding the origin of the ring, here is one. Looking only at the ring and for the while forgetting about provenance, this looks like a better quality piece in silver and gold, produced for the tourist trade somewhere in SE Asi...
by davidross
Mon Feb 09, 2015 1:20 am
Forum: Far East
Topic: Need Help Identifying this mark
Replies: 2
Views: 893

Re: Need Help Identifying this mark

Hello Giorgi Welcome to the Forum. The maker or retailer of this shot glass is 源 記, which can be phoneticized Yuan Ji, Yuan Ki, or Yuan Kee. There is a known maker Yuan Ji who uses different Chinese characters, 元 記. These two different first characters sometimes have a similar meaning, but it seems ...
by davidross
Mon Feb 09, 2015 12:56 am
Forum: Sterling Manufacturers ~ American after-1860
Topic: Help identify what this was used for?
Replies: 4
Views: 1910

Re: Help identify what this was used for?

Looks like a salt cellar, but I think it has nothing to do with Asia.

As Trev has asked, please post an image of the mark.

Hopefully a moderator will move it to the appropriate Forum, most like American.

DR
by davidross
Tue Jan 27, 2015 4:32 pm
Forum: Far East
Topic: silver cigarete case
Replies: 2
Views: 914

Re: silver cigarete case

Looks like the maker's mark of Hattori, compare with sharper image in Contributors' Notes:

viewtopic.php?f=38&t=24259&p=81304&hilit=hattori#p81304

Regards
DR
by davidross
Mon Jan 26, 2015 2:12 pm
Forum: Asia & Middle East - Single Image
Topic: Anyone recognize the mark next to the word "China"?
Replies: 1
Views: 875

Re: Anyone recognize the mark next to the word "China"?

Those do not appear to be silver marks, but there is little else to say without photos of the entire object.
by davidross
Sun Jan 25, 2015 10:13 pm
Forum: German, French, Dutch, Russian, Scandinavian or Other - Single Image
Topic: Hallmark on a spoon
Replies: 6
Views: 1526

Re: Hallmark on a spoon

Perhaps my eyesight is failing, but I do not see a kokoshnik mark but rather the post-1920 Polish national mark for 3rd standard (.800) silver:

http://www.925-1000.com/foreign_marks3.html
by davidross
Sat Jan 24, 2015 1:29 am
Forum: Asia & Middle East - Single Image
Topic: Nepalese silver teapot
Replies: 6
Views: 2273

Re: Nepalese silver teapot

To me, this looks like a late 19th / early 20th century teapot of typical Nepalese (or possibly Tibetan) baluster form. The theory of royal provenance is fantastic. If this were indeed a teapot used by the Nepalese royal family, I would expect it to be engraved with their royal coat of arms or some ...
by davidross
Tue Jan 13, 2015 3:19 pm
Forum: Far East
Topic: Help with ID markings and function possible ca 1900
Replies: 2
Views: 943

Re: Help with ID markings and function possible ca 1900

三越製 means "Mitsukoshi-made." 純錫 means "pure tin." These are saucers designed to be used with handleless teacups or sake cups. Probably date to the 1950s-60s, perhaps a decade or two later. The box would be a better indicator of age than the saucers themselves. Hope this is helpfu...
by davidross
Fri Dec 26, 2014 10:03 am
Forum: Far East
Topic: Unmarked naturalistic silver spoon
Replies: 1
Views: 1398

Re: Unmarked naturalistic silver spoon

Japan is certainly a possibility. Spoons like this, with bowls of cherry blossoom flowers and stems shaped like twigs, were made by a number of different makers from the 1880s until well into the 1960s. Most were rather crude tourist items, but yours looks to be at the higher end of the scale in its...
by davidross
Fri Dec 12, 2014 4:36 am
Forum: Far East
Topic: Need Help Identifying this mark
Replies: 5
Views: 2071

Re: Need Help Identifying this mark

Hi Martin,

Yes, the maker is Hattori, he is very well documented.

Search either this section or the Contributors' Notes for Hattori, there's a wealth of information already posted.

Regards
DR
by davidross
Thu Dec 11, 2014 11:55 am
Forum: Far East
Topic: Need Help Identifying this mark
Replies: 5
Views: 2071

Re: Need Help Identifying this mark

Hattori.

See Contributor's Notes, CES and Far East Trade.

DR
by davidross
Wed Nov 26, 2014 9:24 pm
Forum: Far East
Topic: Who knows this mark
Replies: 1
Views: 1319

Re: Who knows this mark

Chinese, ca 1900. The numerals 85 are a silver purity mark. The maker's chop mark is Shang, this mark has been discussed previously in this post: http://www.925-1000.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=33812&hilit=shang The third mark is not clear enough for me to read. Better photographs might p...

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