Dragon Motif Trinket Casket Box - help with makers mark ID

Discussion in 'Metalware' started by OnAQuest, Sep 5, 2023.

  1. OnAQuest

    OnAQuest Member

    I'm not sure exactly how old this is. I know it was purchased by grandparents while traveling (1930-1970). Box is heavy 663 grams. Guess it's brass, but unsure. There is a hard to read makers mark on the bottom which I have been unable to find in any searches. Box is 5 x 2.5 x 2.
    Guessing it's Chinese.
    Any help would be amazing!

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  2. Marie Forjan

    Marie Forjan Well-Known Member

    WAG, it may be Japanese. I know there is a difference between Chinese and Japanese dragons, the number of toes? Anyway, I don't know why, but the mums on the sides made me think Japanese.
  3. moreotherstuff

    moreotherstuff Izorizent

  4. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    I'm with Marie, Japanese. Beautiful.
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  5. Ce BCA

    Ce BCA Well-Known Member

    Looks like Japanese antimony ware, it's usually pre WW2. Mark is 佐 which could be a name (Sa, Sakuwa, Sasa - and many others starting Sa). It also means 'help'.
  6. OnAQuest

    OnAQuest Member

    Thank you so much Ce BCA!
  7. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    great box......5 toes is a royal symbol....
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  8. stracci

    stracci Well-Known Member

    It's really nice. What does the inside look like?Maybe a cigarette box?
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  9. OnAQuest

    OnAQuest Member

    This is the inside. It's not lined, just the raw metal.

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