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Re: Antique/Vintage Tea and Tea Ware

by hopeofdawn » Jul 28th, '12, 00:40

Wow, that is lovely--what kind of figure is that on the lid?

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Re: Antique/Vintage Tea and Tea Ware

by MarshalN » Jul 28th, '12, 07:04

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Re: Antique/Vintage Tea and Tea Ware

by Poohblah » Jul 28th, '12, 20:58

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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

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Re: Antique/Vintage Tea and Tea Ware

by the_economist » Aug 22nd, '12, 11:14

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.

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Re: Antique/Vintage Tea and Tea Ware

by sriracha » Aug 22nd, '12, 11:21

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.
My, I would have been all over that one had I found it! Adorable!

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Re: Antique/Vintage Tea and Tea Ware

by AaronF » Aug 23rd, '12, 11:40

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.

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by MarshalN » Aug 23rd, '12, 12:40

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.

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Fake silver pot. Don't use.

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Re: Antique/Vintage Tea and Tea Ware

by AaronF » Aug 23rd, '12, 13:49

Fake silver pot. Don't use.
Is it basically something made recently to sell to gullible tourists?

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by MarshalN » Aug 23rd, '12, 14:03

AaronF wrote:
Fake silver pot. Don't use.
Is it basically something made recently to sell to gullible tourists?
Yup

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Re: Antique/Vintage Tea and Tea Ware

by AaronF » Aug 23rd, '12, 14:16

Fake silver pot. Don't use.
Is it basically something made recently to sell to gullible tourists?
Yup
Heh. Thanks. I'm not surprised. Still, I like the little thing. It'll sit way up high, far from use.

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Re: Antique/Vintage Tea and Tea Ware

by Drax » Aug 23rd, '12, 15:28

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.

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by MarshalN » Aug 23rd, '12, 15:41

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.
The base of the pot claims it's from the Ming dynasty, which is why I said it's fake. It's usually sold as silver (you can find these things on eBay)

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Re: Antique/Vintage Tea and Tea Ware

by AaronF » Aug 23rd, '12, 15:59

The base of the pot claims it's from the Ming dynasty, which is why I said it's fake. It's usually sold as silver (you can find these things on eBay)
Hehe. What else does the base say?

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Re: Antique/Vintage Tea and Tea Ware

by Drax » Aug 23rd, '12, 16:12

MarshalN wrote:The base of the pot claims it's from the Ming dynasty
Ah, much more interesting, thanks!

I haven't really read anything on this topic before (that is, marks used in different eras) -- I'm going to guess that they wouldn't use something like "明朝"... so out of curiosity, what does it actually say? I only can make out 穴 and maybe 庸...

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