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  1. Hi all, I don't know what's out there on all of CW, but this has to be one of the best dialogs ever, certainly the best I've seen. Again, my sincere thanks to everyone, Jim
  2. Hi Chris, so much work on my behalf, awesome, what can I say? Your research in comment 19 has me convinced that I have a Numrich Arms drop in, everything fits now. I'm going to mark this 'solved', w...
  3. Hi Sue, these are the Japanese Seven Lucky Gods. Left to right they are: Hotei, the fat and happy god of abundance and good health, Benzaiten (Benten-sama), goddess of knowledge, art, beauty, and m...
  4. Hi Sue, thanks for the love and your comment. Looked at your home page, you have a very nice start. Best wishes, Jim
  5. Hi, this mark, rotated about 130 degrees clockwise is Japanese, Shibata, Gotheborg #78. Regards, Jim
  6. Hey Chris, I think you're really on to something. There is so much to read I'm just bookmarking. I miked the bbl tip, it's 0.73". I have gone over the barrel with a good magnifier and did not find any...
  7. Hi Chris, sorry about the confusion. The 1873, 84, and 88 sre given as 32.6" bbl lengths. Mine, not including the percussion breach is 36.25". I can't find any trapdoor with that bbl length. And mayb...
  8. Hi blunderbuss, we haven't talked in a while. It is indeed a rifled .45, bought it in 1978. Thanks for chipping in, Jim
  9. Hi Scott, correction, barrel length should read 32.6" vs 51.9" (LOA).
  10. Hi, Dan, Jewels, AzTom, mike, ron, ho2, vetraio, and fortapache, thanks for the love and best wishes to all, Jim
  11. Thanks to everyone for the great response on this, more than I had hoped for. Riply, there is no serial number, I should have included that in my description. Chrisnp, thank you for the full ex...
  12. Hi aghcollect, mike, Rose, and vetraio, thanks for the love and my best to all, Jim
  13. Hi Karen and Rose, thank you for the kind comments. The black could be dyed to get a uniform color, but there is no evidence of surface treatment. The light side is almost for sure natural. Thanks ag...
  14. Fantastic piece, very well done!! I've never seen so much complicated construction on a figure, and the size! I really like it. regards, Jim
  15. Hi blunderbuss. Pat, Karen snd mike, Thanks for the love and my best to all, Jim
  16. Hi, this is the Amida Buddha. Given the size, it is unlikely that this is jade, and the same applies to the offering by the Florida auction house. Kyra is right, a scratch test, using a large needle ...
  17. Hi, a little addition. Your bottle is very well done, and is more likely to have been made in Italy than Asia. The following are links to similar resin castings which may interest you. Best wishes, ...
  18. Hi, Jewels is correct, the hot needle results are typical of catalytic setting resin much used for lost wax molding. So, resin, and I think you can mark this as solved. Regards, Jim
  19. Hi mike, vetraio, Manikin, Jewels, and aghcollect, thank you for the love and best wishes to all, Jim
  20. Hi Ron, what year, what engine, transmission? I like that little steam engine, have you fired it up yet? Regards, Jim
  21. Hi Keith, thank you very much for the offer, but no, I think I'll keep it. Regards, Jim
  22. The theme of the decoration is Japanese, but the vase could have been made in China. Regards, Jim
  23. Hi, if there is a mark on the base it would be helpfut to show a clear closeup. You can replace photos using the edit function on the left of your post. Regards, Jim
  24. Hi, here are four ancient suleimani beads with prices. Best of luck, Jim http://www.pinterest.com/pin/195273333815906491/ http://www.pinterest.com/pin/195273333817596498/ http://www.pinterest.c...
  25. Oops, well, go here: http://www.gotheborg.com/marks/20thcenturyjapan.shtml
  26. Hi, your mark, rotated 90 degrees clockwise, is Japanese, Shibata (Shiba ta toki). For confirmation, go here and scroll down, almost to the bottom, to Shibata and compare with marks 78, 88, 123. Reg...
  27. Hi CindB and Manikin, thanks for the love, and my best to you, Jim
  28. Hi surfdub, thanks for the comment and love. Fortapache, thanks for the love, is that the one in the Bronx? Best, Jim
  29. Hi surfdub, pops, nutsa, Karen, vetraio, thanks to all for the comments and love, and best wishes, Jim
  30. Hi Pat, nice post and writeup, regards, Jim
  31. Hi Kyra, oooh yes, anymore, there's hardly anywhere you can really DRIVE it, but I take a curve every now and then. Thanks for the love. Hey Jewels and aghcollect, thanks for the love and best wish...
  32. Hi pickr, mike, and vetraio, thanks for the love, and best wishes, Jim
  33. Hi Radegunder, Roycroft and aghcollect, thanks for the love, best, Jim
  34. Hi Jewels, Shake, and FanciGirl, thank you very much for your kind attention, and best wishes to all, Jim
  35. Hi, geo, Jewels, kyra, and southcop, thanks for the love and my best to all, Jim
  36. Hi Kyra, well, I'm glad I escaped that. Seems we have a new standard for torture, the hot pin poke. Thanks for your gracious comment and love, and best wishes, Jim
  37. Hi, very nice posting and description. Regards, Jim
  38. Hi Max, best guess for the material is plaster or a similar material, eg. hydrocal, with a finish applied by airbrush. Regards, Jim
  39. Hi Max, is there a white spot on the figure where the ball was removed? Using a magnifier, can you find tiny white spots elsewhere on the figure? The size, nearly two feet, would seem to exclude plast...
  40. Hi Sgt, In your description, you said 'Please, any help is appreciated'. I did not casually glance at your photos and say 'Oh, that's resin'. I downloaded all four photos, rotated the vases, adjusted ...
  41. Hi Kyra, did you mean 'find an ivory shop owner and buy some Schreger lines' ? Best, Jim
  42. Hi Sgt, in the third picture, left edge, just below the arm of the nearby figure: what is that? Appears to be flashing. There are other surface indications of lost wax molded resin composition and no ...
  43. Hi Tammy, got a magnet? Easiest way to to identify cast iron. Your critter looks more like a shi shi lion/foo dog than anything else I can think of. But not in the traditional form, although they are ...
  44. Hi, I have a collection of 11 very similar blue marks, no artist or studio, but a few attributed to Japan from the associated decoration. If the mark is rotated 90 degrees clockwise, the bottom charac...
  45. Hi, the mark is not Qing dynastic, and is umfamiliar. It appears to be upside down, and some of it seems to have been erased. I am hoping someone will recognize it. The decoration is a Chinese five cl...
  46. Hi, can't tell from your photo, but from your description, the decoration is raised. If so, this is moriage, and the vase is Japanese, possibly turn of the last century. The image on the center is a...
  47. Hi Kyra, thanks for the love, best wishes, Jim
  48. Hi Braider, the mark is BiBi, go here and scroll down to BiBi. plenty of discussion. Regards, Jim http://www.gotheborg.com/marks/20thcenturyjapan.shtml
  49. Hi all, after collaboration with Pat, I offer this observation: the 'patterns' on Gotheborg 438 do not match the pattern on this post. That is because the numbers do not represent patterns, but factor...
  50. Hi Pat, would you consider sending me an email? Just add @aol.com to my username. I think there is a problem here and I would like to discuss it with you off the boards. Thanks very much, Jim
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