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by Ag999
Tue Jan 19, 2021 8:15 pm
Forum: Far East
Topic: Japanese silver teapot - how old? and trans, please
Replies: 0
Views: 246

Japanese silver teapot - how old? and trans, please

How old is this teapot?

I can see from the jungin mark that it is made of silver.

What do the other characters mean?

(It's about 3-1/2 inches in diameter)

Thanks

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by Ag999
Tue Jan 19, 2021 5:30 pm
Forum: Far East
Topic: Indonesian or Thai maybe ? Any advice please ? Thanks
Replies: 2
Views: 266

Re: Indonesian or Thai maybe ? Any advice please ? Thanks

Indonesian, not Thai.

(But neither Indonesia nor Thailand are "middle eastern.")
by Ag999
Sun Dec 13, 2020 7:04 pm
Forum: Far East
Topic: Unknown Hallmark - Asian Sterling Silver
Replies: 6
Views: 614

Re: Unknown Hallmark - Asian Sterling Silver

Whoops, sorry about that forum faux pas.
I wasn't sure about that, but now I know.
by Ag999
Sat Dec 12, 2020 9:01 pm
Forum: Sterling Manufacturers ~ American after-1860
Topic: Encircled "W" w/extensions
Replies: 2
Views: 319

Re: Encircled "W" w/extensions

It looks more like Whiting than anything else I have seen. I have a similar one, also unidentified so far, on a matchbox holder. The extensions from the circle are straight lines, not looped. Can't find it anywhere. (That's a W, not an A, in the circle,) https://i.imgur.com/K3x2pjC.jpg https://i.img...
by Ag999
Sat Dec 12, 2020 8:21 pm
Forum: Far East
Topic: Unknown Hallmark - Asian Sterling Silver
Replies: 6
Views: 614

Re: Unknown Hallmark - Asian Sterling Silver

I concur with MGArgent. It says "silver" plus the maker's mark which I cannot read.

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by Ag999
Fri Nov 20, 2020 12:12 am
Forum: Contributors' Notes
Topic: Chinese/Thai Ice Bucket Failed Authentication Tests
Replies: 6
Views: 559

Re: Chinese/Thai Ice Bucket Failed Authentication Tests

You did a great job on the translation! Did most of my work for me. I see the two as saying the same thing, though arranged slightly differently, and with one misspelling. Strange that they would repeat the same message. ทีระลึก (commonly) keepsake, souvenir, or gift จาก from คณะเทศมนตรื (kana tesam...
by Ag999
Wed Nov 18, 2020 9:28 pm
Forum: Contributors' Notes
Topic: Chinese/Thai Ice Bucket Failed Authentication Tests
Replies: 6
Views: 559

Re: Chinese/Thai Ice Bucket Failed Authentication Tests

Hi, MGA, I have lots of experience with Thai silver fakes, even old well-marked pieces. Sometimes testing even shows that, on a bowl for example, the bottom, the sides and the rim are different metals, such as a good grade silver, low grade silver, and nickel silver or other tin alloys all on the sa...
by Ag999
Wed Nov 18, 2020 8:47 pm
Forum: Far East
Topic: Help with marks on teapot
Replies: 6
Views: 866

Re: Help with marks on teapot

I second the comment by Dognose: The Chinese characters most probably identify the actual silversmith, with KW, Kwan Wo, being the retailer. That's how it usually was with most of the Hong Kong and much of Chinese silver of that period.
by Ag999
Thu Sep 24, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: Far East
Topic: Japanese Silver Makers Mark?
Replies: 5
Views: 872

Re: Japanese Silver Makers Mark?

Whoops! Sorry, I should have read your initial post first.
by Ag999
Thu Sep 24, 2020 1:51 pm
Forum: Far East
Topic: Japanese Silver Makers Mark?
Replies: 5
Views: 872

Re: Japanese Silver Makers Mark?

The characters on top are 純銀 - pure silver (but it could be sterling silver, or higher)

銀 - silver
純 - pure

The lower group is likely the maker.

Please upload pics of the item. Makes it much more interesting for viewers.
by Ag999
Sun Sep 20, 2020 10:43 pm
Forum: Far East
Topic: Japanese silver flask translation
Replies: 3
Views: 379

Re: Japanese silver flask translation

And now I've been told (by someone on another forum) what the characters say:

" 伊勢丹謹製 - Isetan Kinsei - Carefully Made by Isetan

Isetan is one of the most prestigious department stores in Japan."
by Ag999
Fri Sep 18, 2020 11:44 pm
Forum: Far East
Topic: Japanese silver flask translation
Replies: 3
Views: 379

Re: Japanese silver flask translation

Okay, I've found out that the lower character is "made." So it's "silver made," or "made of silver."

I'd still like to know the bottom line of the middle image. Likely the maker?
by Ag999
Fri Sep 18, 2020 8:29 pm
Forum: Far East
Topic: Japanese silver flask translation
Replies: 3
Views: 379

Japanese silver flask translation

Looks like silver, and it says "SILVER" on the bottom. What does it say below that, in the Japanese characters? thanks https://i.imgur.com/hfwlMob.jpg https://i.imgur.com/OrbwRhp.jpg Also, on the original box are these characters. I know the top one is jungin (silver) but what is the lower...
by Ag999
Fri Sep 18, 2020 8:09 pm
Forum: Far East
Topic: Indian Sterling Silver Tea Service with Village Scenes
Replies: 1
Views: 525

Re: Indian Sterling Silver Tea Service with Village Scenes

Nice!

I'd like to know how those pieces were stored, since there doesn't seem to be any tarnish at all. Like brand new (but obviously not).
by Ag999
Fri Sep 18, 2020 7:59 pm
Forum: Far East
Topic: Chinese solid? silver ring
Replies: 4
Views: 615

Re: Chinese solid? silver ring

The lowermost double character in your photos appears to be the "jungin" mark 銀 which means silver.
I'm not sure whether your ring is Chinese or Japanese.
by Ag999
Fri Dec 20, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: Far East
Topic: mystery can: tin jewel precious stones yogi box
Replies: 1
Views: 420

mystery can: tin jewel precious stones yogi box

Sorry, this looks like silver, but does not test as silver. Its origin is a complete mystery to me. Age unknown. 3.75" tall. No markings. Naked faux yogis, some with man chests, some with woman chests. Semi-precious stones (which look quite nice, considering the box is not real silver.) Any ide...
by Ag999
Sun Jul 14, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Far East
Topic: Silver comb - mark - China, Japan?
Replies: 4
Views: 4530

Re: Silver comb - mark - China, Japan?

足銀 is pure silver, or full silver. Japanese or maybe Chinese piece.
by Ag999
Sun Jul 14, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: Far East
Topic: Need help identifying Asian hallmarks
Replies: 1
Views: 4517

Re: Need help identifying Asian hallmarks

Possibly Chinese maker in a Southeast Asian country.
Need to see more pics, and the marks on the other two items.
by Ag999
Sat Apr 27, 2019 3:23 pm
Forum: Far East
Topic: Maker of this old Japan pure silver bowl?
Replies: 2
Views: 3736

Re: Maker of this old Japan pure silver bowl?

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 fing...
by Ag999
Fri Apr 26, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: Far East
Topic: Maker of this old Japan pure silver bowl?
Replies: 2
Views: 3736

Maker of this old Japan pure silver bowl?

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 194...

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