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Chinese Export Silver War Junk Ship -Hallmark

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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Metals: Silver: Asia Trade: Pre 1920: Item # 149344

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This is a fun antique Chinese export silver war junk on a beautifully carved and fitted stand. The typical junk sails are textured in silver to resemble the real thing. The stiff sailors are dressed in the fancy uniforms of the 19th century Ch'ing (Qing) troops. There are cannons mounted on the bridge which is aft and very high normal for Chinese junks. Really detailed pair of anchors hanging off the bow. The rudder moves as do the penants. And the stand is just great, lots of detail in the carving. About 85-120 years old.

Mark of Wing On in Chinese and English and mark of the silversmith. Wing On is one of the biggest stores which originated in Shanghai and then opened a branch in Hong Kong early in the 20th century.

Note about old Chinese export silver hallmarks: The silver was sold by special authorized merchants who were allowed to deal with foreigners. So the silver would marked often in 2 languages. The silversmith is usually someone else, a supplier or sub-contractor. Usually, but not always, his mark would be in Chinese. Often a tea service would be contracted out to several smiths and you would have different smith marks on the pieces and of course there would be a common mark for the "retail merchant". In this case the merchant was Wing On.

A marvelous antique Chinese export silver war junk to display in your collection.