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Paul Colarik

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iconnumber posted 10-19-2009 04:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Colarik     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hello!

I purchased an interesting calling card case at a local flea market.

It measures 8.5 cm in length and 4.25 cm tall. Nicely applied chrysanthemums and a beautifully engraved monogram. I'm guessing it dates to the late 19th century but I am having no luck identifying the marks using my Tardy ref book.

I'd appreciate any thoughts you may have.

Thank you!



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bascall

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iconnumber posted 10-19-2009 05:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bascall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's a beautiful piece. A wild guess is Chinese. Hopefully, someone a little more knowledgeable will have a better idea though.

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Dale

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iconnumber posted 10-19-2009 07:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dale     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This looks like a sloppy Russian mark, tho with the letter 'S' it would be restricted to the Baltic provinces and Poland. That's my semi-intelligient guess.

By applied, do you mean the flowers were made separately and then soldered onto the case? This is not repousee?

Stunning card case. It does look like a Japanese design.

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blakstone

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iconnumber posted 10-19-2009 09:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for blakstone     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Kwong Man Shing, working Hong Kong, 4th quarter 19th - 1st quarter 20th century. Those chrysanthemums are a dead giveaway for Chinese export, and the shape is a popular Edwardian one. Is it curved?

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Paul Colarik

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iconnumber posted 10-20-2009 11:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Colarik     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mystery solved! Yes, the flowers are applied and the case is curved. Thank you for your replies and consideration!

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blakstone

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iconnumber posted 10-20-2009 01:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for blakstone     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I thought as much. Not too long ago I catalogued an English case of identical form, hallmarked Chester 1912-1913. And I've seen some Kwong goblets and boxes with applied chrysanthemums like this, but they are, as I say, a very common motif on Chinese export silver.

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