Japanese? Silver Coasters

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dwma
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Japanese? Silver Coasters

Postby dwma » Thu May 22, 2014 9:51 pm

I have a pair of silver coasters of some sort. They measure 4" by 2.75" with a divot in the middle for a cup or something.
They appear hand-hammered and I would guess they were brought back as a post-WWII souvenir by a soldier.
Any info appreciated.
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Re: Japanese? Silver Coasters

Postby davidross » Fri May 23, 2014 9:34 am

Is this the only mark on the coaster? It is rather badly worn, so please post a photo of any marks on the second coaster.

This type of coaster is usually used with teacups. Traditionally, a Japanese teacup has no handle and when filled with hot tea, it can be very difficult to pick up. The long ends of the coaster serve as an edge by which the cup can be lifted to the mouth without directly touching it.

These coasters are very common in wood or pewter, less common in copper, and uncommon in silver. The mark shown is that of the retailer, so if there is no other mark the coasters may not be silver. They may also be unmarked silver if they were part of a larger set in which principal pieces were marked. If the coasters are pewter, they were probably part of a sake set, in which case the divets will be smaller, as sake cups are smaller than teacups.

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Re: Japanese? Silver Coasters

Postby dwma » Tue May 27, 2014 8:00 pm

There are no additional marks, so I would assume large pieces in this set had the maker marks.
Thanks for the response.


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