Help with Chinese box inscription and use

Discussion in 'Metalware' started by G.Lund, May 9, 2021.

  1. G.Lund

    G.Lund New Member

    This Chinese box is being offered through an online auction. I'm intrigued by it, and would like to know if anyone knows what the inscription reads and also what might be the use of this box. Is it a trinket box? Additionally, do you have any guess as to its age. It's being sold as part of an estate. box front.jpg box open.jpg box back.jpg
  2. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    looks like a pill box
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  3. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    What's it lined with? The writing on top doesn't look like modern Chinese.
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  4. G.Lund

    G.Lund New Member

    The auction is some distance away, so I've not been able to personally handle it. I'm relying only on pictures provided, which don't include a picture of the inside beyond the one given.
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  5. i need help

    i need help Moderator Moderator

    It looks like brass and pewter, maybe?
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  6. Miscstuff

    Miscstuff Sometimesgetsitright

    Looks like copper and brass to me.
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  7. FishLure

    FishLure FishN Ephemera

    Same thoughts from me..copper & brass.
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  8. i need help

    i need help Moderator Moderator

    Last edited: May 10, 2021
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  9. Fid

    Fid Well-Known Member

    possibly an aide-memoire for non-chinese scripts ? important "words" in local and/or Korean caligraphies ?
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  10. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    maybe...they put remembering pills inside ???:wideyed::banghead:
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  11. i need help

    i need help Moderator Moderator

    I was thinking Archaic Chinese, but don’t want to be wrong twice about the same box. :rolleyes:
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  12. i need help

    i need help Moderator Moderator

    Adding that if it is Archaic writing, most likely, it would be after, done as Honorific.
    @Ce BCA can you take a look, please?
  13. Ce BCA

    Ce BCA Well-Known Member

    Mark on the base is ?昌隆製 '?Chianlong made', the 'Made in China' stamp is most likely early post war, but may be inter-war at a push. Script on the top seems to be a mix of archaic Chinese and modern Chinese - so perhaps just made up - hardly anyone in China actually reads or understands archaic script outside university scholars. You sometimes find items where the maker just used old language for fun without even knowing what it meant, just because it looks cool. Same concept as someone in the UK using Celtic runes for example.
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  14. i need help

    i need help Moderator Moderator

    Thank you, :)
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