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Asian Antiques3288 of 4037Chinese Brass/Bronze/Copper? Dome Shaped Bell?, Beautiful, Handpainted.Vintage Red Leather Compass Box.
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Posted 3 years ago


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Can someone tell me what these are? They feel like a light wood or even plastic. Any help would be great!

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  1. trgrubaugh trgrubaugh, 3 years ago
    any markings on the bottom? Does it look like a solid piece? I cant tell if its plastic or something else from looking at it
  2. gdigger3, 3 years ago
    No markings....but its real light. I read they used to make things out of animal bones but I just don't know.
  3. jwendell222, 3 years ago
    Hello, this is Japanese and these are molded celluloid figures (a thermoplastic of nitrocellulose and camphor, with dyes). It was originally (from about 1860) widely used, but now rarely because of its flammability. Both of yours depict the Japanese Seven Lucky Gods. There are sll sorts of these with little people shown in everyday pursuits. If you Google ‘Japanese celluloid figures’ you should get several hits including ebay and ought to be able to get a rough idea of the values. …Jim
  4. trgrubaugh trgrubaugh, 3 years ago
    well, i am not an expert on asian art, but usually if it is older there is some identification on it. Not saying it isnt old. The one on the right, appears more like bone than the other. But it is much easier to tell from holding it. If it feels solid, it is probably bone, if it was plastic, it probably would not be solid all the way through, probably hollow.
  5. trgrubaugh trgrubaugh, 3 years ago
    oh good someone who knows. :)
  6. Yohanna Yohanna, 3 years ago
    yes they look like early celluloid or even copal bakelite need testing with simichrome polish it should go brown or yellow to get a good test result..
  7. gdigger3, 3 years ago
    Awesome info guys thanks a bunch!

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