Fine rare Antique Chinese Sterling Silver Enamel Moth Box. The box comes from a wealthy local estate in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Bout 3″ 1/4 Long By 1″ 1/4 Tall. Very fine silver work with great detail! Please Look over the pictures as they are most of my description! Feel free to send me a message if you are not 100% sure about the item! If you need more time, please feel free to send me a message! Thank you for looking! Moths are often denoted as symbols of death from cultures all over the world, and some of the resemblances between the different myths are uncanny! I talked about one of these in a past MotW. But I was thoroughly surprised when I found a similar legend from across the world in China! Qing Ming is a festival in early April where people go out to enjoy the spring weather and honor the graves of their ancestors. Theres also an abundance of moths during the festival, but they have a special place in Chinese mythology! In ancient China, it was believed that moths were actually the souls of deceased people who came back during Qing Ming to visit their loved ones. Depending on the legend, the souls either possessed the insects, or were the physical manifestation of the soul itself. This is rooted in a Taoist belief, from the Book of Transformation by Tan Qiao. The belief is that existence is dependent entirely upon an emptiness of void in the universe. Sometimes, during the festival of Qing Ming, the moths find their ways into peoples homes and land on photos of the deceased. It is considered a serious taboo to kill or otherwise disturb the moth during Qing Ming, as its believed that they are turning a former loved one away. No matter whether you choose to believe in this myth of not, its still fascinating, and there have been several creepy occurrences revolving around it! For example, in 2003, a moth landed on Yuiiko Tans family alter during Qing Ming. They let it outside, but it would always return, causing the dogs from her own house and the neighborhood to go crazy. The moth hid behind her grandfathers photo, and followed her into her bedroom. Then it was gone. Yuiikos grandfather passed away on the day she was born, and she believes it mightve been his spirit in that moth coming to visit since he never got to meet her. Alex Yeoh had a less pleasant experience. In 2007, at the end of the Qing Ming festival, an Atlas Moth positioned itself on the parapet outside his apartment and refused to leave until it died a week later. The other tenants of the building refused to disturb it, and he soon learned that two people had committed suicide from that parapet before. Of course, there is evidence to refute this mythologymoths can get disoriented and thats how they find their way into homes. As for hiding behind picture frames, they like to hide in small, dark places away from predators. Atlas Moths are naturally lazy and refuse to fly whenever possible to conserve energy for mating and laying eggs. The item “Fine Rare Antique Chinese Sterling Silver Moth Box early 19th century SIGNED” is in sale since Friday, June 7, 2019. This item is in the category “Antiques\Asian Antiques\China\Boxes”. The seller is “businessinferndale2011″ and is located in Ferndale, Michigan. This item can be shipped worldwide.
CHINESE EXPORT SILVER MESH PURSE c1890 RARE MAKER I. A fine late 19th century Chinese export silver mesh purse with the original medallion on chain. Feature to allow hanging on sash. U and Chinese character. U has not been observed in the CES literature. The c1890 Chinese export silver mesh purse is 9 1/2 inches including chain. And 4 1/4 purse alone and weighs 3 1/2 standard ounces. Rich silver patina, retains original detail. The item “Chinese Export Silver Mesh Purse c1890 Rare Maker I. U” is in sale since Monday, June 3, 2019. This item is in the category “Antiques\Asian Antiques\China\Boxes”. The seller is “supershrink” and is located in Supply, North Carolina. This item can be shipped to United States.
ANTIQUE CHINESE SILVER ENAMEL SNUFF BOX. Late Qianglong/Jiaqing dynasty Chinese enamel snuff box with calligraphy decoration. Dimensions: 5.5 x 4.2 x 2.4 cm. The item “RARE CHINESE SILVER ENAMEL SNUFF BOX LATE QIANLONG/JIAQING SIGNED” is in sale since Tuesday, May 21, 2019. This item is in the category “Antiques\Silver\Non-U.S. Silver\Asia”. The seller is “oriental_gallery” and is located in London. This item can be shipped worldwide.
A beautiful hand made sterling silver and mother of pearl box. It is hallmarked for London 1986 with the makers mark being MCL. It has been exquisitely made with a mother of pearl 19th century Chinese gaming counter to its lid depicting flowers and a butterfly – it is very similar to Michael Alan Bolton pieces I have seen. It is in superb condition being free from dings splits holes and repairs, the mother of pearl is perfect. It measures over 1.25 inches (3.5cms) across by over 0.5 inches (1.5cms) tall and weighs 28 grams. A beautiful and interesting piece. If you have any queries etc… To see lots more rare and beautiful silver. All items are cleaned and display ready should you be a retailer or collector, or ready to wrap should you be purchasing a gift. That way we save you time and we discover any faults, not you. The item “RARE SOLID SILVER CHINESE GAMING TOKEN BOX LONDON 1986 HAND MADE” is in sale since Saturday, April 27, 2019. This item is in the category “Antiques\Silver\Solid Silver\Boxes”. The seller is “spidermonkey10″ and is located in London. This item can be shipped to North, South, or Latin America, all countries in Europe, all countries in continental Asia, Australia.
SUPERB SIGNED ANTIQUE CHINESE EXPORT STERLING SILVER ENAMELOR CLOISONNE WITH MIRROR & 3 COMPARTMENT POWDER PILL BOX MANCHU ERA QING DYNASTY, ULTRA ULTRA RARE ONE OF THE KIND. EXCELLENT CONDITION WITH NORMAL WEAR. 2 1/2″ LONG by 2″ WIDE & 1 TALL. The item “ANTIQUE CHINESE EXPORT SILVER ENAMEL BOX MANCHU QING DYNASTY ULTRA RARE SIGNED” is in sale since Tuesday, May 28, 2019. This item is in the category “Antiques\Silver\Non-U.S. Silver\Asia”. The seller is “lisa2010*2012″ and is located in Stockton, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.
I offer you a beautiful Chinese box in mother of pearl and silver. Beautiful sculpture of life on the lids. Length 7.3cm width 5cm. Old restoration and hair. The item “Rare Chinese box in mother-of-pearl and silver, 18th QIANLONG. Carved life scene” is in sale since Saturday, May 25, 2019. This item is in the category “Antiques\Asian Antiques\China\Boxes”. The seller is “europaantik” and is located in Comblain-au-Pont. This item can be shipped worldwide.
CHINESE EXPORT SILVER CIGARETTE CASE c1890 KWAN WO – RARE FOLDING DESIGN. A fine and very rare late 19th century Chinese export silver folding open cigarette case. From the well listed Kwan Wo. The cover with hand carved scenes of Chinese figures in daily life activities. Elder with attendant, mother watches as children play, figures in shop window. Watch as patron enters, amidst lush foliage stippled background. Opposite side with classic bamboo grove. The design is unique. Both the cover and base are hinged! This allows for completely opening – flat – to allow easy placement of cigarettes. We have never seen this design in Chinese export silver. Retains both original interior bands. Loss to much facial detail as shown. The Chinese export silver folding open cigarette case is 3 1/4 inches. And weighs 2 3/4 standard ounces. The item “Chinese Export Silver Box c1890 KW Rare Design” is in sale since Friday, May 24, 2019. This item is in the category “Antiques\Asian Antiques\China\Boxes”. The seller is “supershrink” and is located in Supply, North Carolina. This item can be shipped worldwide.
THE FIRST COINSE FROM THE SERIES!! Metal : 2 OZ (999/1000). The item “ZHAO YUN 2 OZ NIUE ANCIENT CHINESE WARRIOR SILVER COIN + BOX RARE” is in sale since Wednesday, May 22, 2019. This item is in the category “Coins & Paper Money\Coins\ World\Australia & Oceania\South Pacific”. The seller is “hobbycoins2014″ and is located in MAZURY. This item can be shipped worldwide.
BEAUTIFUL RARE CHINESE CARVED LOUIS XVI FRENCH BILLET DOUX – LOVE LETTER HOLDER. This is a beautiful rare and very special Georgian 18th Century finely carved and crafted Louis XVI. Billet Doux- Love letter Holder, this wonderful rare example i believe to be crafted in China for the French court of the 18th Century, i estimate this dates to circa 1770 making it over 245 years old, This Chinese Carved French billet doux is of such beauty and elegance, the carving is breath taking from the dragons that run around the entire body of the Billet Doux to the plentiful bats, flowers, and birds, so much work has gone into the crafting of this extremely rare 18th century Billet Doux – Love letter holder , its breath taking, it must certainly have carried the love letters of someone from among the Courtiers of Marie-Antoinette and Louis XVI’s era or shortly thereafter. A very romantic item, the billet doux was the etui into which a rolled scroll of a love letter might be passed along or hand delivered by one’s servant. A courrier’s’envelope’ of sorts, these became so associated with the intimate love notes carried within, that today the term is itself a romantic one. This elegant Billet Doux is superb, both in form and in condition. To the inside of the top it has either numbers or lettering, its hard to make out. The quality of the craftsmanship is superb. These came in a myriad of forms, many survive and we see them in museums around the world. This one could well be on display in the Musee des Arts Decoratif in the Louvre in Paris, where many similar etui fascinate visitors every day. The Billet Doux is 6 inches in length, sometimes is confused as being a needles case, though of course it is not. The Billet Doux, Literally a sweet note, it is the term for a love letter, essentially and often rolled and sent by courrier inside a beautiful tube like the one on offer here for sale, the tube is itself known as a billet doux for this reason, used in many centuries. His would have once belonged to a very wealthy French Lady of. And been used i would say on many occassion to carry love letters, this was many many years ago when times were so very different, if this could talk i can just imagine what fascinating stories it could tell, this is so very tactile and once held it has the most wonderful feel. This will add something very special to any collection, my photos dont do it justice. It is in wonderful condition. You will not fin another like this on the market, it is very special and extremely rare. All Antique silver items will show some signs of wear, which only adds to the history of the object….. Track Page Views With. Auctiva’s FREE Counter. The item “BEAUTIFUL RARE CHINESE CARVED LOUIS XVI FRENCH BILLET DOUX LOVE LETTER HOLDER” is in sale since Thursday, May 16, 2019. This item is in the category “Antiques\Silver\Solid Silver\Boxes”. The seller is “silver_antiques_uk” and is located in United Kingdom. This item can be shipped worldwide.