Any info (age, etc..) on vintage oriental(?) display cases that lay flat

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  1. journeymagazine

    journeymagazine Well-Known Member

    I found these at a local thrift store yesterday (they had 5 but I only bought 4 because I couldn't get 1 to open). I believe this is a display case right?
    They are long (33.5" x 18" x 3") and opening one...well you better have a high ceiling! and they have a beautiful carved design along the sides that is really well done & a crushed red velour interior- do you think these are actual vintage cases from China or Japan or just made to look like it?
    Any idea of age? - I think they are older because of the slot screws used on locks & hinges. BUT the locks may have been changed (which would make the cases older, right?) because 2 I have, have had a hole drilled into the metal tab so the lock's bar can go into it & keep the door closed, while 2 have not had the hole drilled yet (as in the one in photos below - see pics of lock).
    There are no keys so I (or whoever buys one) will have to replace the lock again or can a key be made for it - it seems like a simple lock? Now to open the ones with the hole for the bolt I have to pull the lock's knob (where key goes) out with pliers; I just have to push it in with my finger to lock it.

    Any info or thoughts would be appreciated - I'm thinking I should have grabbed the last 2 also because these should be a easy sell to any dealer who wants to show off their good things & keep them protected too (I am going to keep 1 myself to use at the next Miami Beach Collectible & antique show!) & they are eye catching.
    I'm really hoping they are they as old as I think (mid century or so)?

    Thanking you in advance!

    DISPLAY CASES ORIENTAL DESIGN RED VELVET LINING 1AA.JPG DISPLAY CASES ORIENTAL DESIGN RED VELVET LINING 1BAA.JPG DISPLAY CASES ORIENTAL DESIGN RED VELVET LINING 1CAA.JPG DISPLAY CASES ORIENTAL DESIGN RED VELVET LINING 1CaAA.JPG DISPLAY CASES ORIENTAL DESIGN RED VELVET LINING 1CBAA.JPG DISPLAY CASES ORIENTAL DESIGN RED VELVET LINING 2AA.JPG DISPLAY CASES ORIENTAL DESIGN RED VELVET LINING 4AA.JPG DISPLAY CASES ORIENTAL DESIGN RED VELVET LINING 4AAA.JPG DISPLAY CASES ORIENTAL DESIGN RED VELVET LINING 5AA.JPG
     
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  2. journeymagazine

    journeymagazine Well-Known Member

    PS - googling oriental display case only shows upright ones - is there a different name for ones that lay flat on a table?
     
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  3. wiscbirddog

    wiscbirddog Well-Known Member

    Table top display case.

    Why Oriental?

    Looks like a Greek Key variation to me.
     
  4. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    Any Jewelry and blooey like this.
  5. i need help

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  6. journeymagazine

    journeymagazine Well-Known Member

    I guess the red velour interior?
     
  7. journeymagazine

    journeymagazine Well-Known Member

    Any idea as to it's age with that lock? Or the screws? Can I say it's a mid century (or earlier) oriental design table top display case with carved Greek key design around border?
     
  8. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    Are you sure it's not made with picture frame molding?
     
  9. wiscbirddog

    wiscbirddog Well-Known Member

    Is the red lining really a thick velvet/velour type material? It looks more like flocked wallpaper to me, but pictures can be deceiving.
     
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  10. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    Yes, what is it? Looks like brocade or brocade-wannabe to me.

    Debora
     
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  11. journeymagazine

    journeymagazine Well-Known Member

    I'll check - but I have no idea what any of those are!
     
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  12. wiscbirddog

    wiscbirddog Well-Known Member

    Just tell us if it is cloth or paper. We'll take it from there.
     
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  13. journeymagazine

    journeymagazine Well-Known Member

    It's definitely not paper - feels like velour or velvet?
     
  14. i need help

    i need help Well-Known Member

    What does the bottom look like?
     
  15. journeymagazine

    journeymagazine Well-Known Member

  16. Lucille.b

    Lucille.b Well-Known Member

    If I had to guess, I'd put these at 1960s or 1970s. I don't think older, but just going from photos. The fabric might or might not be original to the cases, but certainly would work well if you were going to use at an antiques/collectibles show. Probably someone had a collection that they were displaying, or planning to display. I think these would be fun and eye catching at a show because they have a little bit of a vintage look and doubtful anyone else would have similar.
     
  17. journeymagazine

    journeymagazine Well-Known Member

    Thanks Lucille; I hope your right - planning on selling them& was/am going to aim for dealers (and they only cost $7.95 each!)
     
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