Maker of this old Japan pure silver bowl?

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Ag999
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Maker of this old Japan pure silver bowl?

Postby Ag999 » Fri Apr 26, 2019 6:59 pm

Old and beat up, but still "pure silver," with the jungin mark.

Does the archaic kanji (or "seal script" ?) below the jungin refer to a maker? If so, who?

Any ideas regarding age?

I have read on this forum that this style jungin mark was rarely (if ever?) used in China before 1949, so I am assuming this bowl is Japanese.

4.5" diam. and 161 gm (heavy gauge metal).

Thanks

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Re: Maker of this old Japan pure silver bowl?

Postby oel » Sat Apr 27, 2019 10:11 am

Hi, indeed Japanese; Jun-Gin silver pure 999-1000 fineness. Below the Jun-Gin the logo of the firm of Miyamoto Shoko, located in Tokyo, Japan. The characters separately say that the piece was "humbly"made by Miyamoto.
For more information see:
search.php?keywords=miyamoto&t=24259&sf=msgonly
https://tokyoteshigoto.tokyo/en/studio/miyamotoshoko/

Peter.


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Re: Maker of this old Japan pure silver bowl?

Postby Ag999 » Sat Apr 27, 2019 3:23 pm

Thank you very much for that.

In this case I think I will believe the "999-1000 fineness" part. Even though it is thick-walled, this has got to be the softest, most malleable piece of silver I have. The misshapen rim was easily pushed and squeezed back into round using only thumbs and fingers.

Any indication of its age?


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