dognose wrote:Hi Rauls,
Many thanks for posting this wonderful image. Was there any further information accompanying the photo, a date, or address?
Can enough be made out from the character marks at the top of the image to link with the chop marks found on Tuck Chang's silverware?
Also can any sharp-eyed member identify what is stated on the sign to the left hand side of the doorway?
esspaniel wrote:well thanks all for your input cant really tell if its to or tc will be going out to get a better lens will send more pics of these marks.Is it suitable for me to clean this piece or do I leave it be?
Adrien von Ferscht wrote:Hi Rauls
Trevor has kindly sent me your image of the Tuck Chang store this morning which I obviously found fascinating.
I also was fascinated by the fact you said in a previous post that Tuck Chang was started by an Englishman. I'd much appreciate any information you have about this. I was also intrigued by the fact you've said the Chinese character mark was that of the Shanghai-based silversmith [or words to that effect I think] - many of the mid-late period CES makers had what can only be called "auspicious names" that bore no relation to the actual man or men running the show and as far as I'm aware, what have become known as "chopmarks" were almost always the mark of the artisan silversmith who worked the actual piece. All the CES makers were run on a production line method with a single piece being worked by several experts in their particular field under the eye of the master silversmith whose piece it was.
I can only assume the image of the store is one at 67 Broadway in Shanghai, but I'm slightly baffled by the Sikh gentleman standing to attention outside!
I am not aware that you and I have "met" - but you may know that I am currently researching and writing a massive work right now: "The History of Chinese Export Silver 1785-1940 Within the Context of 1200 Years of Chinese Silver Making". I have been made an Honorary Research Fellow at University of Glasgow to do this and any and all help from others would be greatly appreciated. Trevor is well aware of this and a constant source of information and encouragement.
I also write a weekly article based on my research which I post on my website as well as circulate to over 7000 people worldwide.
My website: http://www.chinese-export-silver.com
Hope to hear back from you
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