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Posted 1 year ago


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I was trying to figure this out. Beautifully carved ivory vial. Figured it was a perfume bottle but also questioned the use of ivory for a liquid. Asking friends in the "Chinnie" community I know, It turns out to be for snuff or something similar. Trying to get a translation of the characters on the bottom, & find out it is in reverse so is a stamp. I've done the ink-pad bit & hope one of them can tell me tomorrow. One said it looked like a name & probably used for a stamp or seal.

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  1. epson233 epson233, 1 year ago
    or maybe a opium storage vial -- cw had a good segment last month on opium tools and collections
  2. czechman czechman, 1 year ago
    snuff or opium is what these were used there a metal spoon attached to the lid? if not theres prob a very small hole where the "spoon" was.. i have a silver one of these but the original spoon is missing..someone replaced it with a piece of copper wire.. .. nice bottle!
  3. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 1 year ago
    Probably never know about the spoon as the top is stuck tight & leaving for Australia.
  4. toracat toracat, 1 year ago
    I love it! Beautiful! You can look up ivory and it will show the lines for real and different types of ivory, lines are different for mammoth and elephant and whale, walrus etc. Put some olive oil on to loosen top!
  5. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 1 year ago
    toracat, will remember that for the future but this piece left for Australia this morning. Thanks for the appreciation to you and all the others.
  6. kyratango kyratango, 7 months ago
    Hi, have one, and under a magnifier could see very tiny "pearls" in the design (as in your's in the windows).
    I removed them with a needle and burned them... They melted with chemical odor!
    So: not ivory, neither bone but an early kind of resin!
    Anyway, it is not a new one but at least 40 years old.
  7. Agram.m Agram.m, 6 months ago
    I love this what a craftsmanship!

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