“Still nothing?”--yes, yes, I know just how you feel, that is what I have often said to myself, as have so many other Forum users. Of the small handful of queries I have posted during my time on the Forum, half have been answered with breathtaking speed, and the other half have sunk down the list of posts and seemingly been forgotten as months have turned into years. For example, despite the very easily read marks in this post, two years on, still it has generated nothing, no response at all: viewtopic.php?f=57&t=28087
And even after the same marks appeared in a second post, they still have not been positively identified:viewtopic.php?f=57&t=36129
I have faith, though, that eventually another silver enthusiast and researcher will find this mark and solve the riddle, and so I wait.
Turning to this vase, obviously it is Chinese, but the marks are either too poorly struck, too rubbed, or too poorly photographed--or some combination thereof--for my tired old eyes to try to pick them apart and see what they say. It would be a different matter altogether to actually examine the piece and see the marks with the naked eye, which is why an appraiser’s services are always a good option when an ID is needed right away for such time-sensitive matters as estate purposes. With patience, a CES collector may come along who has handled an object with the very same marks, perhaps more clearly struck, and provide the answer.
As for the lengthy inscription on the body of the vase, if you truly need a translation of it, that might fall outside the bailiwick of an appraiser, so why not take the vase to a professional translator who can spend the necessary time examining, transcribing, and translating it?