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Posted 5 years ago


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Here is the latest find. I am not sure about this one. Looks to be older, but I don't think it is too old. Perhaps the outside is tarnished tin? The inside looks to be hand cut wood at least. Not sure, but I wanted to see what others thought before I clean it up. My guess would be a small jewelry box.

6 inches long
4 1/2 inches wide
1/2 inches tall

15.2 oz.


  1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    A cigar box? Chinese export. If it was silver I think it would be marked. Does it smell like nickel?
  2. BHock45 BHock45, 5 years ago
    vetraio50, yes the cigar box makes perfect sense. I am not sure if it smells like nickel....smells like cigars! Thanks! I'll see if there are any markings.
  3. Stillwater Stillwater, 5 years ago
    Its tough to say without seeing it in person, silver CAN look like that, kind of powdery white. Does it have a "metallic" smell when you rub it with your fingers? This is where acid would come in handy
  4. BHock45 BHock45, 5 years ago
    I mean it does look like silver underneath. But the polishing hasn't gotten me anywhere. Still gold color. I quit.
  5. BHock45 BHock45, 5 years ago
    A quick question here. I discovered the mark, "MADE IN CHINA". Would this disqualify it as Chinese export? From the research I can only find markings like "CHINA" or "SILVER". I believe MADE IN CHINA started in the 1970's no?

    I would not disqualify this as silver just yet, however, A great deal of polishing looks like it is finally bringing on the "silver" color.

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