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Posted 4 years ago


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Hello This is interesting and I will research this. 2 metal containers in old Japanese box? for? when? why? who made this? Any help appreciated, from local Goodwill. I like this box!! Thanks for looking!!! Don NOW the one box is sterling Jungin hallmark 1868-1912. And I think they are snuff boxes! Don

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  1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    No polishing Don!
  2. toracat toracat, 4 years ago
    no polish? ok
  3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Both look like mixed metals.
    Let's see what the others say!
  4. Zowie Zowie, 4 years ago
    I don't know but I really love the look.
  5. toracat toracat, 4 years ago
    Thanks I am looking up Japanese sterling hallmarks!
  6. toracat toracat, 4 years ago
    Silver box is sterling Jungin Hallmark!!! Used from 1868-1912!!! I am happy now!!
  7. toracat toracat, 4 years ago
    Jungin is .925-1000!!
  8. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    No polishing!
  9. toracat toracat, 4 years ago
    OK No polishing! There are two hallmarks on other box, but no Jungin, maybe brass? I weighed the silver box, it is 37 grams, the other box is 35.1 grams!
  10. toracat toracat, 4 years ago
    Probably same person donated this and egg from prior posting! Bought at same time same Goodwill!
  11. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    With that patination ... I'd say copper.
    Don't clean patination off.
    The Japanese were experts at mixed metals: part of the sword manufacturing and decoration.
  12. toracat toracat, 4 years ago
    The birds on copper colored one are either gold or silver. they seek very different, thanks, no polishing!!
  13. toracat toracat, 4 years ago
    I think these are snuff boxes or pill boxes
  14. SheriesVintageJewels2 SheriesVintageJewels2, 4 years ago
    These are "stress relievers" one held in each hand and kneaded. Most are in the form of a ball.
  15. toracat toracat, 4 years ago
    I do not think so, as they open up, you could put things inside, the sterling one and the other are too delicate to squeeze,.
  16. jrfm410, 4 years ago
    lol...I love the advice you have received...sounds like my friends...don't clean it or polish it etc...supposed to look old if it is old ;) I agree and would guess they are for holding something...I had a little silver ring with Asian writing in it...when I was at my dentist I asked the girls to look at it and see if they could read it...turns out it was Chinese silver with maker's mark and feb. 29th inscribed...good luck in finding out what they are and what they are used for...thank you for sharing your great find!
  17. toracat toracat, 4 years ago
    Thanks! This is Jungin 1868-1912 The hallmark is very clear. And I believe they are snuff boxes! I saw similar on the internet, very valuable also. look up Japanese silver hallmarks and it is there! thanks!
  18. toracat toracat, 4 years ago
    I do not see them there? These are hallmarked with Jungin, the box they are in is very old? Do not understand? sorry, I tested the silver one and it is + for 925 or more
  19. toracat toracat, 4 years ago
    It is hard to see but I have a jewelers scope!
  20. toracat toracat, 4 years ago
    See if they can read the makers mark or sellers!
  21. toracat toracat, 4 years ago for hallmarks go to Japan
  22. toracat toracat, 4 years ago
    My ex-wife is Japanese and she was not familiar with jungin either
  23. toracat toracat, 4 years ago
    I learned this because I have another cup, Jungin from Japan Russia war 1906 I think same mark now that I look. (I think war was 1906) It was Yugi Kai presented to military now Co. name is Koodansha made by Hiakawa so says my ex!
  24. toracat toracat, 4 years ago
    Takashimaya Co., Ltd. (??????? Kabushiki-gaisha Takashimaya?) (TYO: 8233) is a large Japanese department store chain.
    Founded in 1829 in Kyoto by Iida Shinkichi as a retailer of used clothing and cotton cloth, the store now has outlets throughout Japan and also in Taipei, Paris a
  25. toracat toracat, 4 years ago
    Well I bought it and the Jade egg, from the Goodwill, Much less than $45.00 for both.
  26. toracat toracat, 4 years ago
    This department store has always provided stiff competition for Mitsukoshi, with a history just as long. It was founded as a kimono shop in Kyoto during the Edo Period and opened in Tokyo in 1933. Today it's one of the city's most attractive department stores, with a Renaissance-style building and gloved elevator operators whisking customers to eight floors of shopping and dining. Naturally, it features boutiques by such famous designers as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Issey Miyake, and more. Its sale of used kimono (look for advertisements in the Japan Times) draws huge crowds, even more than the usual 35,000 daily customers. Open daily 10am to 8pm.

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  27. toracat toracat, 4 years ago
    GENO ask your Japanese friend if my wood barrel is a Sake Japanese barrel, if you do not mind! It is ok if you don"t, your good friend Don
  28. epson233 epson233, 4 years ago
    well you little stinker -- how did you get so lucky -- nice post don -- very interesting reading -- have a great week and thanks for sharing these

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