Unusual pair silver bracelets, Chinese? Help with mark please

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NancyCaroline
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Unusual pair silver bracelets, Chinese? Help with mark please

Postby NancyCaroline » Fri Sep 15, 2017 10:20 pm

Hi, An unusual pair of silver bangles, purchased from a collection of antique Chinese jewelry but I don't associate this form with Chinese jewelry I've seen. Hoping someone can comment, they are marked. Thanks for looking:)

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Ag999
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Re: Unusual pair silver bracelets, Chinese? Help with mark please

Postby Ag999 » Mon May 21, 2018 3:59 pm

Very cool bangles, and unusual. Possibly from one of the "tribal" areas of China's southwest. That's only a guess.

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Re: Unusual pair silver bracelets, Chinese? Help with mark please

Postby zhaosu » Sat Jun 16, 2018 3:04 am

Firm mark is Baoyilou (宝宜楼), probably in North China. Two fists motif were seen on lots of bracelets made in later Qing dynasty to 1940s. In Chinese language the characters for fist (拳) and power (权) have the same pronunciation, so the motif (fist or 'holden hand') has an implied meaning of the wish to hold large power in the future.

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Re: Unusual pair silver bracelets, Chinese? Help with mark please

Postby NancyCaroline » Sun Jul 22, 2018 11:42 pm

Hello and thank you so much for the information on my bracelets! I very much appreciate your time and expertise. Again, many thanks.
Nancy


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