I like the pot! But what in the world is the second character on the stamp? It looks like it could be a Hindu symbol or something. The only thing I can think of that it resembles is 亞MarshalN wrote:
the_economist wrote:Dunno if this is old, but I thought it was an adorable cup. Would've been absolutely to die for without the enamel deco but still, quite cute. About 35-40ml.
AaronF wrote:Anyone know anything about this? My folks got it at a dirt market in China. Obviously, it's not something I use for tea! I have no idea what sort of metal it is, either.
Drax wrote:If it helps at all, there's nothing about the pot that actually claims that it's silver, other than the color, so saying "fake" is questionable. If it were sold as silver, then yes, it's fake; otherwise, it is what it is.
The green oxidation on the snout suggests that it might be some alloy of copper, perhaps nickel silver (which, despite the name, has no silver in it, but does look like silver... it's usually copper, nickel, and zinc) or cupronickel (just copper and nickel). Either way, alloys of questionable origin are also questionable for food use, so you are wise to use it for display only.
MarshalN wrote:The base of the pot claims it's from the Ming dynasty