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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #1219176 (stock #TC512)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
These 3 small oil lamps were brought back to the US by a Baptist missionary who lived and traveled extensively throughout China. Oil lamps like these were used for light source extensively throughout rural China by poor peasants. Simply made, presumed cut from scraps of tin and soldered into shape.. the lids come off for filling with oil and some original home made wicks remain in place. The tallest is 5 inches high...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Horn : Pre 1920 item #605891 (stock #M116)
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The body of this antique Miao Chinese powder horn is carved with large spider web, small foo dogs, and clouds. The stopper is carved into a lotus blossom. The Miao believe that passed relatives take the form of spiders to visit and watch family members, so spider webs are left undisturbed in the home. This horn is from Kali area and is in excellent condition. It is 80-90 years old and approx 9" long.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #752655 (stock #M123)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$225.00
Though sourced from northern China, this antique powder flask is most likely Chinese ethnic minority from the southern regions. There are 3 flasks for carrying gun powder. Used rifle cartridges are used both as stoppers and bullets are held in the shaped spacers between the powder flasks. It was made by shaping and then sewing 2 pieces of heavy leather (probably elephant hide)together.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #713527 (stock #TC190)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$145.00
This antique Chinese hand carved wooden bobbin still has a length of home spun thread which winds around the middle. The bobbin shows extensive use, with some areas of paint and finish heavily patinated and other areas just worn away.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #757569 (stock #TC213)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
May be sold separately $135 each
These Chinese long wooden bobbins were used for winding thread for routine sewing chores. As a household tool, used by generations of women within the family, they were hand carved and painted with the continious use in mind. Inside each bobbin there is a small bead which freely moves back and forth and acts as a noise maker when the bobbin is in motion...or falling to the floor.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Horn : Pre 1900 item #1221561 (stock #TC514)
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Carved from animal horn this eyeglass case dates to the Qing Dynasty. What appears to be the original cord allows the case to be hung on a belt...The original toggle was replaced sometime (probably in the 50's) with current blue toggle...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #989791 (stock #TC317)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$225.00
22 inches long and a century of hard use but the tip is clean and sharp. I suspect a skilled carpenter could still use this old Chinese drill to build a cabinet or post and beam house. Personally, I am so thankful for electrical tools.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #1304341 (stock #TC551)
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This ingenious antique Chinese sundial can be carried in the pocket. When needed, the cover is removed, the pointer is raised and held in place by the notch in the raised semi circle arm. Direction is established by the small compass on one side of the pointer. The small fixed circular dial on the other side of the pointer uses Chinese characters. I was told this was used by Feng Shui practitioners...Though bought in mainland China, the combination of Roman numerals and Chinese characters...Ho...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #764835 (stock #TC215)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$625.00
This is a unique Chinese Trousse. The chopsticks are black wood, presumed to be Zitan and are totally enclosed inside the scabbard when the trousse is closed. Both the scabbard and knife handle are covered with tortoise shell and have silver fittings.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1910 item #1064545 (stock #TC346)
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This old Chinese hand made carpenters tool would have been used as a snapline just as the western metal chalk box and line are used today. Such tools were often hand made and passed from father to son for generations. This particular one has a small antler for a plumbob.
All Items : Antiques : Instruments and Implements : Medical : Apothecary : Pre 1900 item #1217021 (stock #TC507)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
This traditional Chinese spoon was used for spooning out powdered herbs and other ingredients when mixing Chinese medicines. The spoon is bone, patinated with age and use. It is a nice ethnographic artifact of former time and place
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #818353 (stock #TC238)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$145.00
During the Qing Dynasty, hair combs like this were commonly used. The structure is bone and the tines are of wood. A few tines have gone missing with age and use. The comb is about 5 inches x 2 inches.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #785949 (stock #TC229)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$135.00
These 3 bobbins aka thread holders would have been used in China when hand sewing was the major activity of the women of the house. Each bobbin was individually carved and each has a small ball which moves freely within the carved slot. Either individually or as a group, they are nice ethnographic artifacts of the Chinese culture during the Qing dynasty.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1105493 (stock #T172)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
This small Mongolian hunters flint strike pouch still has flint stone inside. Also know as strike-a-light in American Indian cultures, this hunters folk art implement has bronze tooled fittings. Well aged and in excellent condition...measures 4 inches across the widest part of the striker plate
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1910 item #774097 (stock #M125)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$135.00
This old Chinese ethnic minority needle case is hand carved with geometric marking from end to end. Needle cases were essential tools for all indigenous cultures and frequently became important objects of decorated folk art.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #820312 (stock #TC239)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$145.00
This antique pair of wooden spoons were hand carved and delicately shaped. The handles are deeply arched and the ends are painted with a gilded paint. They were heavily covered with a clear lacquer finish.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1837 VR item #821045 (stock #TC242)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
These early Qing dynasty cups were carved from coconut shell, and lined with metal which was originally coated with silver. The Chinese believed that silver would tarnish when in contact with poison. Many wealthy Chinese liked to use silver lined cups and chopsticks tipped with silver fittings was an assurance against poisoning. There are 6 cups in all but each has a slightly different carving and they being sold separately with each to be pictured under this one listing.

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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #1101055 (stock #SEA145)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
Several of the Southeast Asian hilltribes from the "Golden Triangle" region would practice tattooing as body art and religious ritual. This Burmese tattoo tool with the figure head was used to scratch the skin surface and apply the dye.