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Chinese Boxes41 of 66Small Trunk with a Trunk!MING DYNASTY 18TH CENTURY IVORY ND WOOD TRINKET BOX
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Posted 2 years ago


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Hello This metal can is heavy 2 lbs. and 7 inches tall, The symbol on the bottom is?? I am not even sure it is Chinese! Maybe from Mars!??? And what used for? Any help appreciated!! Don

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  1. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 2 years ago
    Did it have ashes in it?
  2. toracat toracat, 2 years ago
    No but lid is double covered with small round hole?
  3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Shape of a Japanese bell?
  4. toracat toracat, 2 years ago
    HI but it has a bottom, I will add photo of top, kind of interesting!
  5. toracat toracat, 2 years ago
    Maybe someone made a can out of a bell!? Inside writing says Campbell's Tomato Soup!???? Joking!!
  6. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    It's a reworking of the Japanese temple bell shape into a box. A biscuit tin?
  7. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Google: japanese bell biscuit tin
    Go to images.
    Very collectible imho.
  8. toracat toracat, 2 years ago
    It was a bell! Yes, maybe lost its value! I did not pay much for it. But now I know my other bell is great Jap. quality with wood frame and dragon eyes I posted it earlier! take a look!
  9. toracat toracat, 2 years ago
    WOW!!! Thank you!!! It still has great value!!! what is imho? I wish we lived closer! I would love to meet you! Thanks again! Don

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