I have a silver early Chinese Buddhist stupa with some interesting marks. Could someone please tell me a little bit more about this item (for example, age)?
I was told that it is quite valuable (it has been passed down in the family). I can read Chinese characters, but that did not help me much. I know that the first mark says Beijing, the next one Lao Tian Li, and the final zu wen ("pure silver" - i.e., 999 grade?). From what I have read, Lao Tian Li was the most famous silver workshop during the Qing dynasty.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!