Help apprciated with Asian mark

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Help apprciated with Asian mark

Postby excalibur1661 » Fri Aug 25, 2017 7:32 pm

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Dear Board Member,

I would be grateful for any information on the mark and the origin of this item.

Thank you.

Kind regards,

Fred

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Re: Help apprciated with Asian mark

Postby oel » Thu Aug 31, 2017 6:46 pm

Hi Fred,

The mark to the left modern simplified Chinese characters for pure silver. The Chinese word "pure"when used as a precious metal mark, indicates a metal fineness that, up until 2015, was 995 or higher, but which has since legally been reduced to 990. The actual Chinese character for pure also translates as meaning ample, enough, or sufficient. How the meaning translates in Chinese depends on how the character is used in conjunction with the characters for a precious metal such as gold or silver. It is in these combinations that the translation becomes "pure"gold or pure silver.

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Peter.

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Re: Help apprciated with Asian mark

Postby excalibur1661 » Thu Aug 31, 2017 7:04 pm

oel wrote:Hi Fred,

The mark to the left modern simplified Chinese characters for pure silver. The Chinese word "pure"when used as a precious metal mark, indicates a metal fineness that, up until 2015, was 995 or higher, but which has since legally been reduced to 990. The actual Chinese character for pure also translates as meaning ample, enough, or sufficient. How the meaning translates in Chinese depends on how the character is used in conjunction with the characters for a precious metal such as gold or silver. It is in these combinations that the translation becomes "pure"gold or pure silver.

Souce; World Hallmarks Volme II Asia, Middle East, Africa

Peter.


Thank you Peter for the informative comment. I suppose the other mark is that of the maker or the retailer.

Kind regards,

Fred

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Re: Help apprciated with Asian mark

Postby markspirit » Tue Dec 12, 2017 7:24 am

oel wrote:Hi Fred,

The mark to the left modern simplified Chinese characters for pure silver. The Chinese word "pure"when used as a precious metal mark, indicates a metal fineness that, up until 2015, was 995 or higher, but which has since legally been reduced to 990. The actual Chinese character for pure also translates as meaning ample, enough, or sufficient. How the meaning translates in Chinese depends on how the character is used in conjunction with the characters for a precious metal such as gold or silver. It is in these combinations that the translation becomes "pure"gold or pure silver.

Souce; World Hallmarks Volme II Asia, Middle East, Africa

Peter.


Good point about the "Pure Silver". I would like to add the translation for the two characters to the right - they look like to be "林興" - "Lin Xing" in PinYin. I assume it's the brand name or family name of the manufacturer...

But I would also like to point out that this statue isn't really "Chinese" - it's definitely a Thai work! (at least in style). Most probably it was done by a Thai Chinese and hence the Chinese imprints. In this aspect, the two characters "纯银" (Pure Silver) here may not officially indicate it's either 990 or 995, as it would in China. Safe to assume 925 for this one.

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Re: Help apprciated with Asian mark

Postby oel » Tue Dec 12, 2017 8:19 am

Hi Markspirit,

Welcome to the forum. Thanks for your contribution with extra information. Much appreciated.

Regards,

Peter

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Re: Help apprciated with Asian mark

Postby markspirit » Fri Dec 15, 2017 2:45 am

oel wrote:Hi Markspirit,

Welcome to the forum. Thanks for your contribution with extra information. Much appreciated.

Regards,

Peter


Thanks for the greeting! Feel welcomed as a newbie. :-)

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Re: Help apprciated with Asian mark

Postby Ag999 » Sun May 20, 2018 7:52 pm

Yes, I would agree, the origination is either Thailand, Laos, or Cambodia, in that order. Very common for the mostly-Chinese makers in those countries, at least the bigger ones, to stamp their wares with the Chinese characters for their business name, and often some other marks in the local language/script for purity and weight.

That is a very nice piece!

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Re: Help apprciated with Asian mark

Postby zhaosu » Sat Jun 16, 2018 2:47 am

Thai-Chinese silver, early 20c.


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