Truly interesting to look at and interesting historically Chinese silver salt and pepper shakers. They are in the form of tiered pagodas. There are ridged roofs, gates around the base, and each level has round doors with handles and brick or tilework intricately incised all around. Each base is marked CHINA PEIPING SILVER and each has a little handle intact to use to open the base for the salt and pepper. These are in fantastic condition. They measure 2 1/2" tall and the hexagonal base is 1 1/4". We can date these from somewhere between 1928 and 1949, based on the historical name changes of the city of Peiping/Beiping/Peking/Beijing. Also, they came to us from a gentleman whose father was in China and Japan during World War II and brought them home (along with some incredible antique embroideries and other items) after the war. I do not know the silver content of pieces marked SILVER in China during that time. If someone does, please contact me. Combined weight of the shakers is 2.5 ounces or 69.9 grams. I have not polished these at all and they have a dark patina with some highlights.
Peiping, which means Northern Peace, is an earlier name for what is now known as Beijing, the capital of China. In 1928 with the Kuomintang government of the Republic of China the name was changed from Beijing (Peking) to Beiping (Peiping); the name change removed the element meaning "capital" (jing or king,) to reflect the fact the national capital had changed to Nanjing. The occupying Japanese in 1937 imposed the name Peking (Beijing), then with their surrender in 1945, the Nationalist Government restored "Beiping". The Communist Party of China reverted the name to Beijing (Peking) in 1949 again in part to emphasize that Beijing had returned to its role as China’s capital. "Beijing", was adopted for use within the country in 1958, and for international use in 1979.
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