Vintage Chinese Sterling Silver Export Gilt Filigree Mesh Duck Pair, 119 grams, Statue Enamel, Duck Bird Boxes plus padded case. This set of Mandarin ducks includes one hen and one drake. Height is 2, length is about 3 inches, width is 1.75 and weights of each are 57g and 62g for a total of 119 grams. Mandarin ducks are a symbol of affection and fidelity in Chinese culture so they frequently appear in Chinese art. These beautiful duck boxes open and close easily and are beautifully enameled. One of them has a silver tag attached to the inside of the top and the bottom halves. There is something written on the tags with a symbol that I can’t make out because it is very faint. I see no other markings. They come with a green silk brocade padded case but I don’t know if the case is original to these particular figurines. This listing is for one figurine set of two only. During 2020, I will be listing a huge collection of vintage and antique sterling silver figurines from all over the world, especially from nations like USA, China, India, and Mexico. All of my listing photos, text and research are copyrighted. About this item: China has a long tradition of creating beautiful objects covered in cloisonné and other forms of enamel work. Centuries, much of this had a silver base of at least 90% silver. Tourists loved these delicate beautiful realistic birds and animals that had been made with silver, enamel, and filigree silver. These figurines, boxes, and other objects are sometimes called Chinese Export Silver. With the price of silver and labor always going up, the most modern of these figurines are often made of gold-plated and enameled base metals like copper and brass. The vintage and antique silver versions only become more and more scarce. Silver Content: These silver enamel figurines are made from coin silver (90%) or sterling silver (92.5%) but are not always marked as such. Sometimes, you will find the word SILVER stamped into the design in an out of the way spot. For example, on birds, the word may be found on the underside of the tail feathers, if it is there at all. About condition: The photos are taken from every angle to show you the wear on each figure. A small amount of enamel loss is to be expected, especially since most of these were made decades ago. Since enamel loss is common, it does not detract from value unless it is extreme enough to detract from the beauty of the item. Caring for silver figurines: Typically, all you have to do is dust the figurine occasionally. Any un-enameled silver or silver that has been revealed by enamel loss is subject to toning over time. You can slow or stop this natural darkening process, if desired, by displaying your figurines in a clear display case or box that limits air circulation. Vermeil (ver-MAY) is not the same thing at all as gold-filled or gold-plated. It is a layer of gold permanently fused to solid sterling silver, precious metal on precious metal. It will be stamped 925 for sterling. Also called gilded silver or gilt, it is a durable product that can be worn daily and passed on to the next generation. The gold wont rub off or flake off. Gold-filled (GF) and gold-plated (GP) is a plating of gold on a base metal , like copper. The former is more durable than the latter, but vermeil is much better than both. Allergy Note: All lots come from a smoke free and cat free home but pre-owned items may have originated in different conditions. Please bear this in mind, as well as the post office transit time estimates, when looking at arrival dates. I have received angry emails from slow paying buyers who have no idea the process is automatic, hence, this reminder. Feedback is important but not my priority. I leave feedback only once or twice a month in large groups to save time. The item “Chinese DUCK Box Set STERLING SILVER 119g Figurine Enamel Filigree Export + CASE” is in sale since Sunday, January 26, 2020. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Metalware\Sterling Silver”. The seller is “coin3rdgen” and is located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. This item can be shipped to United States.
- Modified Item: No
- Country/Region of Manufacture: China
- Object Type: Figurine