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    Posted 8 years ago

    vetraio50
    (735 items)

    I have had this nearly thirty years now. It came from a market out west in Sydney Australia. Originally it would have been bought at the premises of HUNG CHONG and Co., 11B Nanking Road, Shanghai.

    It is in two pieces.

    The box itself is made of cardboard but lined in beautifully pleated white silk. The lid is a pincushion covered in a purple velvet, The true colour of the velvet can only be seen when the lid is open. The lid is missing its lining revealing the structure of the sewn velvet lid.

    The silver box is a case for the cardboard box and lid.

    Notice the curve in the rectangular sides.

    The silver box is decorated with a repoussé design of chrysanthemums against a finely stippled background. The shield on the front of the box has been left vacant. It has four sterling silver globe feet.

    It bears the HC mark of HUNG CHONG and Co. There is another mark too that I believe is the Chinese character "Shang". I do not know of its significance but I have seen the same mark on another Hung Chong chrysanthemum pattern box.

    The quality of the silver work is outstanding.

    It would date to c. 1905.

    "The wonderful proficiency of the Chinese in the manufacture of gold and silver work, jewellery, ivory carvings, black wood and inlaid furniture, silk, embroidery, etc., finds, an excellent demonstration in the large stock in the premises of Messrs. Hung Chong and Co. The range of beautiful articles exhibited here is an epitome of the highest achievements of Chinese skill and art, and affords a splendid selection to those on the outlook for choice specimens of the most superior goods associated with the race. Here can be obtained articles which the best connoisseurs would value, while there is. a great abundance of wonderfully cheap curios and fancy goods of all kinds within the reach of the most limited exchequers, and eminently suitable for birthday or wedding presents."

    http://925-1000.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=38&t=24259

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    Comments

    1. SEAN68 SEAN68, 8 years ago
      ANOTHER STUNNER!!!!!
    2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Many thanks SEAN !!!!!
    3. SEAN68 SEAN68, 8 years ago
      Your very welcome Kevin!!
    4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Many thanks VIOLET-ORANGE !!!!!
    5. antiquerose antiquerose, 8 years ago
      Great Piece -- and GREAT info!!
      Thanks for the Post !!
    6. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 8 years ago
      It's lovely!
    7. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Many thanks VLADIMIR, AGHCOLLECT, ELISABETHAN 'n ANTIQUEROSE !!!!!
    8. kyratango kyratango, 8 years ago
      Lovely!!!
      and the advertisement too, j'adore :-)
    9. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Many thanks KYRATANGO !!!!!!
    10. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Many thanks MIKELV !!!!
    11. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Many thanks PATSEA !!!!!!
    12. Ivonne Ivonne, 8 years ago
      Lovely!My first thought was it's a sewing box (pin cushion),but it's very elegant and has soft padding,so perhaps a lady kept her hat pins in it?
    13. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Many thanks IVONNE, ROBIN, CINDB 'n DON too !!!!!

      Thanks for those comments IVONNE. Hat pins was my thought but I'm open to suggestions. These days I keep a couple of things inside ... Lorgnette and beads.
    14. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 8 years ago
      What a beautiful box and I love how you elegantly describe each piece. Learning so much from you... Thank you
    15. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Many thanks NADIA, NUTSABOTAS, CINDB, VINTAGELAMP, PHIL 'n FLEDERMAUS !!!!!!
    16. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Many thanks ANNEL. !!!!!
    17. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Many thanks SMIATA !!!!!!
    18. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Many thanks KATHERINESCOLLECTIONS !!!!!
    19. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 8 years ago
      Hung Chong?? My buddy worked there, his name was One Hung Low. Small world.
    20. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Many thanks FHRJR2 !!!!

      ONE SMALL WORLD !!!!
    21. pops52 pops52, 8 years ago
      Nearly thirty years! What took you so long to post this? I love it!
    22. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Many thanks POPS !!!!!!
    23. inky inky, 8 years ago
      Just beautiful!...:-)
    24. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Many thanks INKY !!!!!
    25. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Many thanks TONINO !!!!!
    26. Zowie Zowie, 8 years ago
      This is stunning Kevin similar to one I have on site but I would say yours is much older & I prefer.
    27. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Many thanks ZOWIE 'n NORICMAN !!!!!!!
    28. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Many thanks OFFICALFUEL !!!!!
    29. Zowie Zowie, 8 years ago
      Pleasure it is stunning
    30. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      You are so kind, ZOWIE !!!!!!
    31. Zowie Zowie, 8 years ago
      It pleases me that you think so Kev we get the tail end again of the Cyclone Nathan again so far it's only been some light rain but I expect it will get some more during the day that's why 'm doing this now while I can it's to much hard work if I leave certain things for a couple of day's. Have a top day mate be safe
    32. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Many thanks TREY 'n SKLO too !!!!!
    33. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Many thanks ALAN, GARGOYLECOLLECTOR, MANIKIN & FREIHEIT !!!!!!
    34. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Many thanks LUNDY !!!!!
    35. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Many thanks TRUTHISANARROW !!!!!!!!
    36. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Many thanks ROYCROFTBOOKSFROMME !!!!!!!
    37. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Many thanks PEASEJEAN !!!!!!!
    38. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Many thanks LORILOVESVINTAGE !!!!!!!
    39. kivatinitz kivatinitz, 8 years ago
      wonderful chrisantemun. What a good definition
    40. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Many thanks KIVATINITZ !!!!!!
    41. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Many thanks BRATJDD !!!!!!
    42. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Many thanks TONINO !!!!!!
    43. Bluboi Bluboi, 7 years ago
      This is a lovely box! It reminded me that I have a Wang Hing silver card case with lovely chrysanthemums -- I Googled Wang Hing and found a very interesting article about the supposed connection between Wang Hing and Tiffany. It has a lot of details on the Chinese silver export trade. http://chinese-export-silver.com/wang-hingtiffany-co/ So much to learn!
    44. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks BLUBOI for your kind comments! The Wang Hing pieces are different though .... not as highly worked as the Hung Chong pieces.
    45. Zowie Zowie, 7 years ago
      Kevin I have so far found 3 people I'm following gone for a split second I thought you were also so glad I finely got your post. Still trying to put it together it's such a great site & everyone has been so helpful to me I just don't understand I thought we were all adults on this site. Heart broken
    46. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Hi Zowie !!! Still here !!!
    47. Zowie Zowie, 7 years ago
      I'm glad you are at that anyway I still kept your private email if that's ok with you as I would like to keep in contact as you never know there are a few people from Australia I may be able to catch up with personal contact one day as it would be nice. May be worth a laugh for us all
    48. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Right on !!!!!
    49. Zowie Zowie, 7 years ago
      Laughter is good for the soul
    50. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks VINTAGEFRAN & RADEGRUNDER !!!!!!
    51. Bluboi Bluboi, 7 years ago
      I am an amateur when it comes to terminology and knowledge about metal. When you say highly worked, does this mean the height of the repousee? Perhaps you could compare to my Wang Hing box as it has chrysanthemums also... ;-)

      http://photos.imageevent.com/bluboi/new/websize/Wang%20Hing%20silver%20case2.jpg

      Thanks!
    52. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks ANTIQUEROSE & BLUBOI !!!!!!
    53. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Hi BLUBOI !!! It's probably me rather than you who is unclear ..... I was meaning the background rather than the flowers and stems.
    54. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      The effect of the hammer work on the Hung Chong pieces gives a different effect .... It looks greyer to my eye. If you look at the three examples in the link Chinese export silver link article you quote the Wang Hing piece surface looks more 'carved'. The Tiffany workshop version is different too, no?
    55. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      My photos don't really show the hammer work on my piece.
    56. Bluboi Bluboi, 7 years ago
      Ah, that makes sense. The Wang Hing pieces definitely aren't worked in the background. Thanks!
    57. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks PEASEJEAN !!!!!!
    58. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks TEDSTRAUB !!!!!!
    59. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks PETEY !!!!!
    60. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks SERGEY !!!!!
    61. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks ROYCROFTBOOKSFROMME !!!!!!
    62. floridapicker1955, 7 years ago
      Hi, Thats a beautiful box thank you for sharing
    63. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks FLORIDAPICKER !!!!!
    64. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks KERRY10456 !!!!!
    65. kerry10456 kerry10456, 7 years ago
      Can't believe this stunning piece has eluded me until today.....Outstanding graphics in photos, bet in "Real life" this is skip a heartbeat moment to behold. Simply stunning and silver, two great qualities fused together in one package.
    66. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks KERRY 10456, ANNELANDERS & CAPERKID too !!!!!!!
    67. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks AURA !!!!!
    68. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks BETTYB00 !!! !!! !!!
    69. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks OROYOROY !!!!
    70. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks QUANTUNPHYSICA & STORAGEGIRL !!!!!
    71. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks SURFDUB & OLDBOXADDICT !!!!!
    72. Tlynnie1942 Tlynnie1942, 5 years ago
      Very nice, I love this!
    73. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
      Many thanks TLYNNIE & TIGRA.

      MY APOLOGIES TLYNNIE !!!!
    74. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
      Many thanks NEWFLD !!!!!!!
    75. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
      Many thanks RENEDIJKSTRA. Your opinion is always appreciated here in Oz !!!!
    76. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
      Many thanks NICEFICE & RADEGRUNDER !.!!.!.!!.!

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