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Asian Antiques1532 of 3953signed vessel from japan?Plique a Jour Bowl
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Posted 1 year ago


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This is a tough one to figure out. It's a beautiful lighter with very detail work. At first glance it appears to be ivory. But it feels like Resin to touch, but then the bottom of it looks like Ivory.... SO I am completely unsure... It's beautiful and I am keeping it!!


  1. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 1 year ago
    Lovely Dr Fluffy.
    I wonder, if its not ivory, its of something akin to the lady i posted today.
  2. SEAN68 SEAN68, 1 year ago
    Very beautiful!!!!
  3. Jono Jono, 1 year ago
    This is cool.
    As I'm sure you know the tried and true method to test ivory is the famous "hot pin test". Because true ivory is virtually impenetrable with heat, this is a good test and will
    not damage the item if it is "real".
  4. jwendell222, 1 year ago
    Hi, it's almost for certain lost wax molded resin composition. The striations on the base are sanding marks, very common on such pieces. There are typical bubbles on the bird, and elsewhere in the third image, and also in the second image. If you want to run a hot needle test and need that information, let me know.
    Best wishes, Jim
  5. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 1 year ago
    jwendell222... Jim... Thank you for this information. I agree, it feels like resin composite...
    Jono, Sean, Vintagefran, Phil and Val... Thanks for the loves and comments.
  6. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 1 year ago
    Kevin and Gargoylecollector... Thank you.
  7. tom61375 tom61375, 1 year ago
    Ivory or not, it's a keeper! =)
  8. toracat toracat, 1 year ago
    You lite my fire! and Simons also!!
  9. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 1 year ago
    tom, torakitty, Deanteak, ted and geo... Thank you....
  10. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 1 year ago
    Rad, Toolate2, pops52, mike, antiques in nj, Sean and Peter... Thank you....
  11. tom61375 tom61375, 1 year ago
    You are very welcome DrFluffy! =)
  12. Zowie Zowie, 1 year ago
    I don't blame you it's great & I know what you mean about being unsure if ivory I have found pieces like that where it's deceiving to tell & you are no novice.
  13. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 1 year ago
    Thank you Zowie
  14. Roycroftbooksfromme1 Roycroftbooksfromme1, 1 year ago
    so did u do the hot pin test fluff ........?
  15. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 1 year ago
    Roy... No, I didn't get a chance. I was so crazy with sorting and grabbing stuff out of buyers' hands... This one is a keeper and is safely packed away.
  16. NativeJewelerylovers NativeJewelerylovers, 1 year ago
    It appears to be resin... Also, the hot pin test is a method but not definitive and there were some resins that were flammable and when a hot pin applied can cause damage to the piece. I can almost be sure it is resin. What you want to look for is what is called Schreger lines in the piece. Real ivory will have these lines and at some point generally on the top or the bottom they will intersect. They are grey lines that run through the ivory...still a very nice piece..
  17. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 1 year ago
    thank you for this information...
    Manikin... thanks for the loves.

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