Featured Chinese Cinnabar box, Or resin?

Discussion in 'Antique Discussion' started by 916Bulldogs123, Jun 18, 2024.

  1. 916Bulldogs123

    916Bulldogs123 Well-Known Member

    This little box is 6" long and 4 1/2" deep. I couldn't resist it at the price, so I brought it home to do some further investigating. I think i see layers but not positive.
    It is done very well either way.
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  2. johnnycb09

    johnnycb09 Well-Known Member

    I think it might be the real deal. I dont see them using metal and enamels on a plastic box. Its very pretty .I never see these whe they arent in sad shape.Get a soft brush and get that dust out and it will look so much better.
  3. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    That's the right size for a cigarette box, isn't it?

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  4. Boland

    Boland Well-Known Member

    Great look box and overall quality looks good. But could that pristine looking enamel not indicated a later reproduction/resin? Were the proper cinnabar boxes always enameled inside? (I don’t know,just asking)
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  5. Boland

    Boland Well-Known Member

    However looking at it again it still does look old to me. I would also think ‘real deal’
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  6. wlwhittier

    wlwhittier Well-Known Member

    I get at least 3 'layers'...an' don't think it's resin.
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  7. 916Bulldogs123

    916Bulldogs123 Well-Known Member

    @johnnycb09 yes this is all metal and heavy for the size. @Debora I think Cigarette or cigar either way.
    Thanks for looking
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  8. 916Bulldogs123

    916Bulldogs123 Well-Known Member

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  9. Aquitaine

    Aquitaine Is What It IS! But NEVER BORED!

    @916Bulldogs123, I too think I'm seeing horizontal layers in your last image....and a lovely box it certainly IS!!!
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  10. 916Bulldogs123

    916Bulldogs123 Well-Known Member

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  11. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    A lovely box, but resin, imo.:sorry:
    Cinnabar lacquer is hand carved, with sharp edges. This looks molded.
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  12. 916Bulldogs123

    916Bulldogs123 Well-Known Member

    Thank you very much A J. You know how much I appreciate your opinion.
    It is a very good example whatever it turns out to be. I have now found several of these type boxes with the enamel interior. all have been listed or sold as the real thing. I actually think mine is most likely resin.
    Here are some better pics after a little cleaning
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  13. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Yes, it is. And it looks much better now that you cleaned it.:)
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