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    Posted 9 years ago

    Dina
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    This box was given to my mother more than 50 years ago by an old lady who I think lived in china for a while I think it's made of tin with mahony wood on the inside and lots of dragons on the outside I don't know if it was a sigar box or what ??? can anyone help

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    1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 9 years ago
      The cigarette bur gives a bit of a hint. The box was probably meant for cigars. If there was a seam cut into the wood for a divider I'd have thought cigarettes. But the metal looks like pewter or perhaps zinc.
    2. Dina, 9 years ago
      Thanks for the info
    3. truthordare truthordare, 10 months ago
      Typical white metal molded dragon box, made in Japan for export, mid 20th century. This wood lined piece would be for storing tobacco. Too bad the hinges broke, this metal is usually soft and fragile. Thanks for posting.
    4. truthordare truthordare, 10 months ago
      Rene, you are just a trouble maker, and sound like a broken record..... I have much more experience in the Far East field, especially in the category of large exports to the USA as decorative items.

      It is a totally environment than yours was, working with European auctions, and dealing with things you may never have seen or handled before, I own a box like this, and have sold some boxes like these.

      Why you feel the need the for this continued approach against me is redundant, you are qualified in areas I am not, I am in others that you are not. I have never claiming any expertise in the Kanji language, only that I was familiar with the marks, and what they often meant because I have learned this over time.
    5. vetraio50 vetraio50, 10 months ago
      I think the two characters might be “long life” ? (shou) and “good fortune” (fu). A great present for anyone celebrating their birthday.
    6. Collectables59 Collectables59, 10 months ago
      I hope you are both joking or perhaps secret lovers and neither of you know ?
    7. truthordare truthordare, 10 months ago
      Rene, I was hoping we could co-exist without hostile remarks here on CW. That is what a site like this is about, everybody has something important to share, you certainly do, I am not insensitive to your health problems, have my own. Peace.
    8. truthordare truthordare, 10 months ago
      Thank you Rene, I am curious to know more about you, and your experiences. Regards.
    9. Collectables59 Collectables59, 10 months ago
      That's better.

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